Yesterday, Burnley & Padiham MP Gordon Birtwistle, visited British Gas’ Training Academy in Thatcham. He met with apprentices to discuss their next steps and was given an overview of the company’s commitment to apprenticeships.
In his role as Government Apprenticeship Ambassador, Gordon makes weekly visits to encourage companies to take on more apprentices, increase the quality and help to spread the positive message about apprenticeships.
British Gas is currently training more than 1,200 engineering apprentices across Britain. The company has also created new apprenticeship roles in other business areas including sales, customer services and Information Services.
With six Training Academies across Britain, British Gas offers apprentices the best training possible so that they can learn whilst they earn. The site at Thatcham had an impressive array of boilers and other home appliances for the apprentices to work on; similar to systems they would find in customers’ homes.
Gordon said: “British Gas have a fantastic set up for young people looking to get on in life. As a former apprentice myself, I am a great advocate of these schemes. Apprenticeships offer a career with a wage, on-the-job training and the vital skills our country needs to rebalance the economy.”
“It was great to meet with the enthusiastic apprentices at British Gas who have a great opportunity to rise within the company and will deliver the jobs of the future. I wish them all the best with their careers.”
Steve Goldthorpe, British Gas’ Head of Academy Operations, said: “We’re proud of our long tradition of offering apprenticeships at British Gas. That’s why we’re pleased to have welcomed Gordon Birtwistle to meet our latest group of talented apprentices.
“By learning on the job, our apprentices gain the technical training and skills needed to be able to join the thousands of engineers we have working across the country to help keep our customers safe and warm in their homes every day.”