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Engineering should not be a no-go area for women

Posted by | 12th May 2015 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized

At Scottish Gas, our apprentices are vital to the future success of our business. That’s why we’re recognising their talent during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Each day, more than 900 Scottish Gas engineers help around 1.5 million customers across Scotland to stay safe and warm in their homes. We recognise the need to build a strong, skilled and diverse workforce to support those customers.

This year we’re investing around £30,000 in each of our apprentices and even more in our wider training provision. Over the past five years, more than 500 apprentices have qualified as engineers at our highly-regarded training academy in Hamilton.

The fifth annual Scottish Apprenticeship Week gives us a chance to contribute to the debate about the future of apprenticeships. We also want to highlight the need for greater gender diversity, particularly within the engineering sector. We’re addressing this issue within our HomeCare Services operations. When recruiting for apprentices, we attract an average of 30 applications for each position – last year in Scotland, only 3.3 per cent of applications came from women.

Encouraging more women to join our team of 10,000 engineers will make us a stronger business. Greater diversity means we can better reflect and support our four million HomeCare contract customers, as well as the communities we work in.

Read more at the Scotsman by clicking here

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