Falkirk apprentice mades the grade

Calor engineer Gary O'Dea from Falkirk receiving his certificate  from Skills minister Matthew Hancock
Calor engineer Gary O'Dea from Falkirk receiving his certificate from Skills minister Matthew Hancock
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Falkirk apprentice Gary O’Dea was congratulated by a government minister after completing his two-year course.

The 20-year-old undertook the programme at Birmingham Metropolitan College before achieving his Level 3 gas installation and maintenance qualification.

He was one of seven Calor Gas apprentices who completed the course and can now legally work in homes, installing and maintaining LPG appliances, inspecting and testing gas pipework and providing certification.

They will also be able to advise on fuel efficiency and sustainable energy.

Congratulating him, Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, said: “Apprenticeships offer the ideal opportunity for ambitious young people and adults to get ahead while earning a wage – and for employers to recruit the brightest and best. We want apprenticeships to become the new norm alongside university.”

Gary said: “I am really happy to be graduating from the Calor apprenticeship scheme and look forward to the future, with great prospects, having gained this qualification.”