British Gas toexpand to fill wide skills gap

British Gas has unveiled a major recruitment drive for 3,000 engineers to
replenish its ageing workforce and overcome skills shortages.

HR director Alf Turner said the company was also responding to increased
customer demand for home servicing and central heating installation.

A three-year recruitment campaign has been launched and £2m invested in new
training and assessment facilities – including two new purpose-built training

Turner said British Gas is hoping to recruit people who may not have
considered a career as a gas engineer, such as those looking for a second
career or single parents and women.

The company is optimistic that its shorter apprenticeships – which have been
reduced from four years to about 18 months – will attract school leavers who
were planning to take up office vacancies.

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