British Gas launches IT apprenticeship scheme for school leavers


British Gas launches IT apprenticeship scheme for school leavers

Jenny Williams

British Gas has introduced an information systems apprenticeship scheme aimed at school leavers with limited IT experience.

The two-year British Gas Information Systems Apprenticeship has vacancies for 30 people based in its offices in Staines.

E-Skills UK has helped launch the scheme. Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK, says apprenticeships are an ideal way for employers to nurture new talent and create a loyal and skilled future workforce.

The apprenticeship provides classroom-based and on-the-job training and offers four areas of specialism: software development, software testing, projects and business engagement as well as user experience.

Upon completion of the scheme, apprentices gain a level three advanced apprenticeship, diploma and a Duke of Edinburgh gold award.

British Gas undertook a massive IT transformation and spent £150m on technology-driven change in 2010 to help rebuild its customer service standards and bring its main IT operations back in-house after a heavily outsourced model.

With over 600 staff in the IT department, the company is currently working on its own billing engine, including the introduction of a SAP-based platform, which had to be rebuilt following the company's contentious parting from key supplier Accenture.

British Gas also intends to roll out two million smart meters by 2012.

Apprenticeship applications for a September start must be made online. Visit the British Gas website for details on how to apply.

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