Today (9 April) sees the launch of Wales & West Utilities 2018 apprenticeship programme and the company is urging future gas engineers to put in their applications to join its coveted scheme.

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 talented 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.

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 they 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 click here for further information. The closing date for applications is 27 April 2018.

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.