Craig Johnson | Apprenticeship in Gas Installation

Employer | T Brown Heating

Training Provider | Steve Willis Training


Craig completed a Level 3 Gas Apprenticeship with Steve Willis Training Centres in Burgess Hill and since achieving his qualifications, has secured his dream job in the Domestic Gas Industry.  Craig showed an unusually high level of determination and commitment throughout the 3 year apprenticeship and overcame many challenges along the way, including health issues, dyslexia, redundancy and long journeys to and from college.  In recognition of Craig’s outstanding efforts he was shortlisted by CORGI for the National Apprentice of the Year Award 2010, and won the Training Providers South East Award for Outstanding Apprentice of the Year 2010.

How did you find out about Apprenticeships?

My Dad had been to Steve Willis Training and as I was keen to work in the Gas Industry I applied to start my apprenticeship.

Why did you choose to work at T Brown Heating?

T Browns has a good reputation and as I wanted to learn my trade properly I applied to them for a Gas Apprenticeship.  I prepared myself before the interview so I knew all about their business and their work approach and they offered me an Apprenticeship there and then.

What do you do at work?

I’m now working as a fully qualified domestic gas engineer maintaining and installing a wide range of gas appliances and systems such as, boilers, central heating systems and gas fires.  I’m going to do more training soon so I can work in the commercial gas sector as well .

How about your training?

Once a week I travelled to College (Steve Willis Training in Burgess Hill) from my home, and the other 4 days I learnt my trade at work alongside qualified gas engineers.

Why was an Apprenticeship right for you?

An Apprenticeship was a great way for me to learn as it combined real hands-on work experience with College study.  Everything I learnt in theory I applied in the work place which enhanced my understanding and knowledge .