Instead of the traditional Gas apprenticeship (four years), our new gas apprenticeship is 12 months from start to CCN1. Under our new scheme, students are trained on block release (18 weeks); so they can reinforce their theory knowledge daily and so retain it better. Plus, they will be able to put into practice the theory and practical together at college (rather than learning the theory at college and possibly waiting two months to put it into practice on site).
The company we propose to use for our new scheme is Gas and Environmental Services Ltd., which is sited at Welwyn Garden City. Gas and Environmental Services Ltd is well known and respected within the gas industry. It was started in 1995 and not only supplies training but also calibration of our technical instruments.
Axis and our apprentices will further benefit from training by former British Gas engineers with access to the vast knowledge held by Centrica. The apprentices can be easily upskilled as they will have the full basic knowledge needed to complete their tasks. This trailblazing initiative has launched already with our latest intake of Gas apprentices. It is anticipated that we will roll it out across the Electric apprenticeships too.