Young people from our Leicester Lifeskills Centre were provided with a fantastic opportunity to attend the British Gas Aylestone Road site, Leicester last week, to learn about the company and their apprenticeship opportunities.

“It’s the best company visit I’ve been involved in!” (TwentyTwenty Student, 2018) 

Jemma Robinson, Team Leader and Apprenticeship Lead at British Gas liaised with our Corporate and Employer Engagement Manager, Olivia Pitt, to organise the visit for our young people as part of their Journey to Work programme. Jemma started the day by informing our young people about British Gas, the apprenticeship roles available, the application process and what our young people were most impressed by – the starting salaries! They also had the opportunity to hear from a Higher Level Apprentice about his journey since leaving school.  An engaging Q&A session enthused our young people; it was great to hear them talk so positively about what they wanted to do with their own futures. Jemma then led a tour of the site, providing behind the scenes access to the call centre.  

The day concluded with a spectacular “Energy Game”; a fun educational task that got our young people thinking about the energy consumed on a daily basis through the use of various everyday appliances. Kamram won the game and received a slow cooker prize which he kindly donated to our Leicester Lifeskills Centre; it will come in handy for future healthy living sessions!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jemma and her team for such a great day. The visit inspired a group of our young people and widened their knowledge of local training and employment opportunities. Two young people have since approached our Leicester Centre Manger James Barnsley, stating that they would like to apply for an apprenticeship at British Gas once they have finished our Journey to Work Course. They liked the fact that British Gas is an employer that cares about its staff, supports them to overcome barriers and believes that people are their best asset.

TwentyTwenty has Lifeskills Centres located in Loughborough, Leicester and Derby. If you would like your company to benefit the lives of local young people by supporting them on their journey towards a brighter future, please get in touch: Olivia Pitt, Corporate and Employer Engagement Manager 07376800641 [email protected]