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Scottish Gas' apprentices-turned-engineers back new search for 165 apprentices

A group of talented Scottish Gas apprentices now working as qualified Engineers in Aberdeenshire are supporting a new recruitment drive creating 165 new apprenticeships at locations across Britain.

Scottish Gas is on the search for 165 service and repair apprentices who will eventually graduate to full-time jobs installing, servicing and repairing energy efficient boilers in thousands of homes.

This latest round follows a drive recruiting for 36 Central Heating Installation (CHI) apprentices, with some opportunities still remaining. Successful candidates will be based at academies in Hamilton near Glasgow, Leicester, Dartford and Thatcham, which have all been rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ training providers.

Scottish Gas is committed to investing in maintaining a strong workforce to serve the ongoing needs of customers. More than 3,300 apprentices have been recruited and trained over the past ten years with £30,000 invested in each apprentice. Last year, Scottish Gas invested nearly £20 million in its six training academies and apprentices.

A total of 20 apprenticeships will be on offer including eleven within Tayside, Central and Fife and North Scotland. Former apprentices, Vicky Smith and Edward McNelis are now working as Service and Repair Engineers in Aberdeenshire.

Kevin Roxburgh, Regional Director for Scottish Gas in Scotland, said:

“All of our talented apprentices work hard to offer our customers the best service they can to help keep homes heated and in good working order.

“In a time when people are struggling to find jobs more than ever, apprenticeships offer people the chance to get skills, a formal qualification and a career.”

“We’d like to see enthusiastic and hardworking candidates applying who each have the best interpersonal skills to offer our customers the level of service they deserve. The training we offer is delivered by experienced training officers and managers as well as engineers so any apprentices joining us will have excellent technical skills once qualified.”

A survey** conducted by Scottish Gas this year showed that 98% of apprentices said that the skills learnt on the job will be useful in other jobs with a 100% confirming that their apprenticeships have set them up for successful future careers.

To apply or for further information, visit www.britishgasjobs.co.uk/apprentices.


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