A greener work force for a greener future
20th January 2022
Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our world today, and at British Gas we recognise that we have a key role to play in the fight against it.
Did you know that 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from our homes? Staggering isn’t it? This means to reach net zero by 2050; the UK needs around 2,000 households and 500 businesses to become net zero every day. An enormous challenge. But as the leading energy provider in the UK, with millions of customers, we’re in a great position to make a difference. That’s why we’ve come up with a Climate Transition Plan where we lay out the steps that we need to take to reach this goal - and building a greener workforce is an important part of that plan.
Upskilling our workforce to drive the green homes revolution
Green upskilling is a major initiative in our drive to net zero. Many of our engineers are already smart energy experts and are installing smart meters to help customers have full awareness on how they spend and save energy in the home. We also have a huge upskilling drive for engineers to fit EV chargers and Heat Pumps, making it easier for our customers to make green choices.
Upskilling people around the country is crucial to scaling up the UK’s green industrial revolution over the next decade.
Recruiting 3,500 new ‘soldiers’ in our fight against climate change
We’re also looking for bright new talent to train in green skills so the next generation can help us drive forward on the journey to net zero. As a business we’ve committed to recruiting 3,500 new apprentices by 2030 and they’re going to be playing a pivotal role in providing the green skills we need as a country.
Apprentices will receive extensive technical skills training at one of our award-winning British Gas training academies. Once qualified as Smart Energy Experts, they can be upskilled to install and maintain carbon-efficient technologies things like electric vehicle charging points, heat pumps, hydrogen boilers.
It’s incredibly important that our engineers learn to install these new technologies with the highest levels of safety, and equally to have the expertise and people skills to help customers understand how to use these products, and how to maximise on their energy-saving capabilities.
We’re creating thousands of highly-skilled and well-paid British jobs to ensure that we have a work-force that can help to make the transition to low carbon both hassle-free and affordable for our customers and to support the Government’s ambitious targets to make net zero a reality.
Join our team and you could have a more sustainable future too
If you’re looking for a career for life and you believe in a greener future, then why not apply for a job or an apprenticeship with British Gas? It’s an exciting time to be working in the energy market, there’s a huge amount of investment in sustainability solutions and with this comes great opportunities to progress your career.
Your apprenticeship will just be the start of your journey and since completing mine I’ve developed within many different roles.
A dynamic and diverse workforce is important to us, and we set ourselves the goal of 50% of our apprentices being female. We think it’s important to reflect the customers we serve and the communities we work in which is why we’re always striving to recruit from a wide range of backgrounds.
I want to represent women and play my part in showing people that anyone can work in engineering. The job has variety, it’s different every day and you can grow and progress your career which motivates me to do my best.
We really believe that anyone can work in engineering. So, if you’d like to join our team, whoever you are, you’re welcome.