Gas training at Kier goes viral
Published by Elizabeth Pokorny for Kier Services in Housing and also in Communities
Gas Training at Kier showed its commitment to providing ex-MOD staff with training and qualifications in gas engineering by taking part in a virtual training event run by the Career Transition Partnership (CTP).
The event, the first of its kind for the CTP, was a fully interactive, 3D environment that allowed personnel preparing to leave the armed forces to meet and interact with staff from Gas Training at Kier in an efficient, effective and environmentally friendly manner. The only requirement was a high-speed internet connection.
Over 800 participants logged into the event and 87 visited the Gas Training at Kier virtual booth with a view to joining a gas training course.
Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “Gas Training at Kier is committed to helping people from all backgrounds develop a career in gas engineering. People in the armed forces show tremendous courage by putting their lives at risk for our country and we are proud to be able to help them on their return.
“When unemployment levels across the country show people are finding it hard to find roles, we are pleased to offer training opportunities for people in the communities in which we work.”
Gas Training at Kier has a great track record in working with ex-MOD staff and has previously arranged work placements for trainee gas engineers, three of which led to full-time employment at Kier or within its supply chain.
Former serviceman Paul Timothy said: “When I left the forces I really wanted to develop a career in the construction sector, and my placement with Kier helped me learn the skills I needed as well as gain on the job experience. In the past I found companies reluctant to take on and commit to trainees but Kier has a unique approach.
“When a vacancy arose within Kier I applied and was successful. I am extremely grateful to have been offered such a fantastic opportunity.”
Gas Training at Kier is a state-of-the-art gas assessment centre located in Killingworth, North Tyneside. Built on the site of the former British Gas training centre, it offers BPEC accredited training and reassessments, enabling engineers to stay up to date with current gas legislative requirements.
The CTP provides successful resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. It also operates as an intermediary service for employers wishing to hire service leavers. It provides flexible support from two years before discharge, through to two years after.
For more information on Gas Training at Kier visit www.gastrainingatkier.co.uk or call 0191 643 2233.
For more information on the CTP visit www.ctp.org.uk