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Enfield apprentice backs British Gas scheme
An Enfield man has encouraged more people to take up apprenticeships after succeeding without going to university.
James Da Costa, 21, of Station Road, Enfield left school at 18 with just eight GSCEs and one A-level and did not want to go to university.
Yet Mr Da Costa found a British Gas Academy apprenticeship in Dartford and three years later has become a service and repair engineer.
Now the 21-year-old is supporting the new recruitment drive by British Gas, which is offering 165 apprenticeships across the country, with 14 in North London.
He said: “Thanks to the first-rate training, I feel confident when I’m out and about in customers’ homes. If there’s anything I’m ever unsure about, I can call my manager or any of the patch engineers.
“A lot of my friends are just coming out of university this year. They’re already struggling to get jobs. I have a job, a career and I don’t have debt or loans from a degree.
“It’s been the right path for me and I’d recommend anyone else with a passion for hands-on work to give it a go and apply.”
Andrew Reaney, regional director for British Gas in London, said: “In today’s tough and highly competitive job environment, apprenticeships offer people a unique chance to gain hands-on skills, a formal qualification and a steady career.”
“We are looking for hardworking candidates who have the right interpersonal skills to ensure we continue to offer our customers a great service.”
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