This year Gazprom Energy will recruit at least another six apprentices as it continues to recognise the mutual benefits of young people with work experience and supporting business qualifications.
As university fees increase and businesses continue to struggle in the current economic climate, Gazprom Energy is determined to continue supporting young people who want to work while taking a National Vocational Qualification training course to improve their business skills.
The company’s first apprentices joined the company in June 2009 and since then they have both completed their NVQ training and become permanent employees at Gazprom Energy’s head office in Manchester. Kirsty Grange, who is now working as a Contracts Negotiator in the sales team after completing her apprenticeship and NVQ Level 2 said: “I decided to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to work and learn at the same time. I’d never heard of Gazprom Energy before my interview but when I learned that it was one of the UK’s fastest growing energy companies – in the middle of a recession - I knew that working there would bring me huge opportunities for career progression. My time at the company has been great; everyone is friendly and willing to help and I’ve had responsibilities and training that I’m sure I wouldn’t have got elsewhere.”
Gazprom Energy now has eight apprentices across its sales and finance departments which is equivalent to 5% of the company’s total staff at head office. A further two apprentices are working at Gazprom Energy’s sister organisation Gazprom Global Energy Solutions.
As a young and innovative business, Gazprom Energy wants to ensure that it has a dynamic team that can help it meet its ambitious growth targets. Since entering the UK gas market in 2006, it has expanded into Europe and currently supplies gas and/or electricity to more than 40,000 industrial and commercial sites across the UK, Ireland, France and the Netherlands.
Staff numbers in Gazprom Energy’s Manchester head office increased by more than 65% in 2011 alone. A recent acquisition of a domestic power supplier in Germany has added 35 staff and a further 75,000 sites to the company’s books.
Robert Ritchie, Head of HR for Gazprom Energy said: “We look for some very specific qualities in our employees. Gazprom Energy prides itself on its excellent customer service so we need people who match our values (teamwork, passion for excellence, excellent communication and innovation) and who can deliver on our promises. These characteristics can be hard to come by but we’ve been exceptionally impressed with the quality of our apprentices. Not only have they integrated into our company culture, they’ve also excelled at their roles and shown real commitment and loyalty to our business. ”
Anna Mosley, HR Advisor for Gazprom Energy said: “Taking on apprentices is an excellent way to keep our business fresh while also giving young people the chance to gain valuable work experience and skills. We’ve been very impressed with the calibre of apprentices that we’ve had working with us over the last two years so we plan to continue our apprenticeship programme for the foreseeable future.”
Jon Feingold, Managing Director of Gazprom Energy said: “In today’s market it is extremely important that we continue to invest in our future. The fact that we can help local young people invest in their own future while helping to grow our own business is incredible. This is something we’re very proud of. The apprentices that we’ve recruited already are a huge asset to our business and along with our permanent staff they have played a key role in helping Gazprom Energy be so successful over the past two years. We aim to give our apprentices a ‘real’ work experience, whilst at the same time teaching them about our company, the industry and an energetic work atmosphere.”
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