BRADFORD heating and maintenance companies have been urged to plug a skills gap by mentoring the next generation gas engineers Cleckheaton-based Brookhouse Training is calling on local gas installation and maintenance companies to join its mentoring programme to offer trainee gas engineers the opportunity to gain ‘real’ working experience overseen by qualified and experienced gas engineers.

Several local firms have signed up to the scheme, including GHS Shipley Ltd, BASI Gas and Bradford social housing landlord Incommunities, which are working with Brookhouse students to help them develop work-based competencies and a portfolio of evidence they need to qualify as a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Brookhouse Training is the UK’s leading gas, plumbing, training and assessment specialist offering practical learning from its bespoke state-of-the-art training centre.

James McConnell, Brookhouse training director, said: “We are very grateful for the commitment and dedication shown by our Bradford mentoring companies. Once again our focus as a Centre of Excellence ensures our students are a step ahead by learning from the best in the industry.”

Companies interested in joining the mentoring scheme should contact Roy Parsk, work placement manager at Brookhouse Training, on (01274) 86772 or email Meanwhile, Skills Minister Nick Bole has launched a new campaign backed by the Government and employers to encourage young people to take up apprenticeships.

The Get In, Go Far campaign will highlight the variety and quality of the training schemes on offer, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said.

It added that 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships have also been introduced in industries including engineering, hospitality and law.

Mr Boles said: “As another group of young people achieve their GCSE and A-level results, there has never been a better time to consider an apprenticeship. Through an apprenticeship young people can achieve a degree and work at some of the biggest companies in the country.

“The new campaign features some great success stories. I would recommend any young person that isn’t sure what to do next, to look at some of new and exciting apprenticeship opportunities available to them.”