British Gas will create an army of 2,600 engineers to install new smart meters across the country. The Government announced in May that every household in Britain will have smart meters installed for gas and electricity by 2020. The moves were hailed as the biggest revolution in energy use since the 1970s. British Gas is currently running a trial across the country with almost 50,000 homes and businesses already using the technology. The company has opened a new Energy Academy in Leicester where engineers will be trained to install the meters. The new roles are in addition to the 1,500 green jobs British Gas announced earlier this year.
In addition to the site in Leicester, British Gas’s Energy Academy runs training bases at Dartford, Thatcham, Leeds and Hamilton. The meters are expected to give households greater control over energy use, as well as reduce carbon footprint and save money on fuel. The company has invested £30 million a year in the academy, which was formed in 2003 and has trained more than 5,000 apprentice engineers.