British Gas has announced a nationwide recruitment drive, with 1,000 new recruits set to initially join British Gas’s apprenticeship training programme.
The 1,000 posts are part of the significant investment British Gas is making in ‘Smart’ technologies to help homes and businesses reduce their energy bills and save money.
British Gas will take on the recruits over the next two years, with the first 750 joining the company in the next 12 months. All 1,000 new recruits will undertake the accredited British Gas apprenticeship training.
The new British Gas Smart Energy Expert roles, based across Britain, are in addition to the 1,200 field-based operatives.
Smart Energy Experts help homes and businesses adopt and benefit from personalised advice and new ‘Smart’ technology, such as smart meters, the company says.
Earlier this month a study released by Oxford Economics and British Gas revealed that smart meters will bring £14bn of benefits to the British economy by 2030.
As part of this, households will use less energy by having greater control and understanding of their energy use, helping them save around £65 per year.
British Gas managing director Phil Bentley said: “Today, more than ever, Britain needs investment from strong, innovative companies like British Gas in jobs, technology and new skills.
“British Gas’ apprenticeship programme for Smart Energy Experts shows our commitment to growing the ‘green economy’.
“Our customers will see the benefits too; every one of our Smart Energy Experts is focussed on helping our customers improve their energy efficiency and save money.”
Energy and cimate change secretary Ed Davey MP said: “I’m delighted that British Gas is taking on more apprentices to help their customers lower their bills by using energy more efficiently.
“The roll-out of smart meters to homes and businesses is just one of the ways in which the government is modernising the way we generate and use energy.
“It is great to see energy efficiency policy and innovation creating new job opportunities in the UK.”