As Gas Safety Week (13-19 September) gets underway, four former Thirteen Housing Group apprentices are getting ready to begin their new jobs as qualified gas engineers.
The four newly qualified recruits are starting their careers as gas engineers after undertaking an apprenticeship with Thirteen four years ago.
Working in partnership with Darlington College, Jordan Morrison, Harrison Hopson, Jed Rowe, and Tom Ellis each completed a professional qualification while they worked alongside experienced trade operatives.
‘Hard work paid off’
Gas engineer Jordan Morrison had spent four years in the Army before joining Thirteen.
He said: “I remember being told I’d been successful in getting a place on the apprenticeship four years ago and there had been 1,000 applicants. That was a huge achievement at the time.
“Then after applying for a job and being successful again, the hard work has really paid off.
“Starting an apprenticeship later in life, like I did can, be daunting. I wanted a new challenge. I set myself goals, and I was prepared to make sacrifices while I trained.”
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Jordan added: “Anyone can start an apprenticeship, whether it’s the start of a career or a decision to change career.
“We’ve always been made to feel really welcome, and the teams who we have worked with across the whole organisation have all been so supportive.
“It’s a great place to work, so we’re all really grateful to have the opportunity to be continuing our career at Thirteen.”
Gas services manager Steven Brown said: “It’s been fantastic to see the journey that Jordan, Harrison, Tom, and Jed have been on over the past four years and they should be very proud of their achievements.
“An apprenticeship is challenging, studying and working full time, but they have all shown determination and we’re delighted to welcome them into the team as qualified gas engineers.
“This is exactly what an apprenticeship is all about. They’ll be helping us keep our customers gas safe and I’d like to wish them every success.”
Thirteen owns and manages around 35,000 homes from an area spanning North Tyneside to Yorkshire, with the majority in the Tees Valley.
Image: Thirteen’s four new gas engineers
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