SCOTTISH Gas yesterday announced plans to recruit an additional 100 apprentices during a visit to its training academy in Hamilton by Business Secretary Vince Cable.
A similar number of apprentices are currently undergoing training at the centre, including around 70 being trained to install smart meters in homes and businesses as part of a UK government programme.
Cable said it was fast “becoming the norm” for young people to choose either university or an apprenticeship as a route to a career in engineering.
“I encourage other companies to follow Scottish Gas in recognising the value that apprentices add to their business in helping them to grow and develop a highly skilled workforce.”
Around 76,000 homes and over 23,000 businesses across Scotland are already using smart meters installed by Scottish Gas.