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Last call for gas apprenticeship programme

Posted on: 23/04/2018

Time is running out to apply for an apprenticeship with Wales & West Utilities.

The gas emergency and pipeline service have many places up for grabs for young people to take their first steps on the career ladder on the company’s award-winning apprenticeship programme and is urging future gas engineers to put their applications in by the next week’s closing date (27 April).

The company, which keeps the gas flowing safely across Wales and the south west of England to heat homes, power businesses and keep the lights on, is looking to recruit young people so it can continue to keep the communities it serves safe and warm.

Wales & West Utilities has run its CIPD award-winning apprenticeship programme since starting operations in 2005 and has recruited more than 160 apprentices from across Wales and the south west of England.

Apprentices will be based across Wales and the south west of England and go through a three-year apprenticeship so they have all the skills needed to deliver for the 7.5m people the company serves long into the future.

Katie Jelbert is one of Wales & West Utilities current apprentices. She said:

“I knew that I wanted to follow a hands-on career path and when I learnt of the opportunities at Wales & West I decided to apply.

“Working here is fantastic – I’m learning whilst earning. Working within the gas industry means that I have a stable job and the prospect of a long and exciting careers with many different roles that I could move into.”

Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director, Sarah Hopkins, said:

“We’re delighted with how our apprenticeship programme has grown over the years and we are pleased to, once again, offer talented people across Wales and the south west of England the opportunity to learn while they earn. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people who want a hands-on career and we’re urging people who think they have what it takes to put in their application.

“Recruiting the next generation of gas engineers and training them to deliver the highest levels of gas safety and customer service will help us make sure we can meet the challenges of the future and continue to keep our customers safe and warm. Apprentices are a key part of this.

“We have a reputation for providing outstanding levels of customer service and we are counting on our new recruits to help maintain these levels into the future.”

Anyone who thinks they have what it takes to help Wales & West Utilities keep the gas flowing should visit www.wwutilities.co.uk/apprenticeships for further information.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service that serves the south west of England and Wales, puts customers at the heart of the business and is rated the top utility company in the UK for customer service. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. 

The company also has a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.