HVP Magazine – Over 5,000 apply for 10 Homeserve apprentice gas engineer roles



A group of 10 apprentices as gas technicians have secured their first position in the industry after more than 5,000 applications for positions at home improvement and renovation company Homeserve.

Recruits between the ages of 18 and 30 will complete a two-year gas heating apprenticeship at HomeServe and be trained at the Apprenticeship Academy on Bennerley Road, Nottingham.

The program gives them access to a job at HomeServe, a technical mentor, on-the-job training – and the keys to their own red HomeServe van.

Karen Halford, People Director at HomeServe, said, “It is wonderful to see these young people start fantastic new careers in the home improvement industry. It’s an exciting time to get into this booming industry – the demand for these skills exceeds supply.

“With demand expected to continue growing through the end of this decade, HomeServe is investing in next generation capabilities to ensure we can meet that demand while meeting the world’s net zero goals for decarbonizing our homes.”

On four days a month the trainees at the academy complete the 22-month level 3 gas engineering and learn on the job under the guidance of an experienced mentor in their field. Candidates will be stationed across the country, from Accrington in Lancashire to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire.

The competition for 10 places was greater than ever before at the Apprenticeship Academy and is running out significantly more than, for example, the competition for a study place at Oxford University, which usually sees between six and seven applicants per study place.

Helen Booth, Director of the Apprenticeship Academy, said: “For these ambitious young people there is no painful student loan at the end of their training, they have a great career and the chance to continue learning as the industry grows.

“Attitudes towards apprenticeships and vocational training are beginning to change. The youth labor market has been affected by the pandemic, so access to employment such as vocational training will become increasingly important as the UK’s long-term economic recovery continues. ”

Apprentice Edward Allen, 18, a former student at Brunts Academy in Mansfield, was one of the successful cohorts to join HomeServe Academy this week.

Edward had already studied level 3 plumbing at West Nottinghamshire College.

Edward said, “My father is a gas engineer and I’ve watched him work over the years so I decided to try it myself. I really enjoyed my training as a plumber and wanted to advance in the industry. This is a great opportunity for me. “

Nadia Lovatt, a 23 year old trainee of Fulwood in Preston, Lancashire, left a call center position five minutes from home to begin her heating engineer training course with HomeServe for the entire north west of England.

She said: “When I found out from 5,000 applicants that I had made it, I was extremely proud. I want to show people that girls can become plumbers and gas engineers and that they can be successful. “

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