National Apprenticeship Week – Hear from our graduated Apprentice Lewis!

Lewis joined Green Energy Switch in September 2018, he had just finished his A Levels and was very keen to get into the world of work. Lewis hit the ground running and teaming his apprenticeship with real life work experience was not only beneficial for Lewis but for GES too. After a very successful apprenticeship, Lewis was promoted to Project Support Officer within our Void and EPC Team. He is now getting started on a new qualification (AAT) through GES as he would like to assist within our finance department.

Lewis has written a blog which we hope may help others who are looking into apprenticeships or companies thinking about taking an apprentice on!

“Green Energy Switch (GES) were ever so supportive with my studies of level 3 Business Administration qualification. It consisted of me meeting my tutor once a month for a few hours to go over content of the course as well as developing my portfolio for my interview at the end assessment.

 Then in-between, I had time at work and at home to develop my knowledge on the course, complete activities to test my knowledge. GES were able to provide many various jobs that I have done which enabled me to put together a strong portfolio to support my studies. They also allowed me plenty of great opportunities to help grow my personal skills such as meeting and presenting to new customers, suggesting training to strengthen us as a team and even managing my own key accounts of the company.

 After this, I was shortlisted for the Final of Peterborough Apprentice of the Year and I nominated my Line Manager Sarah, who was shortlisted for the award of Mentor of the Year.

 Now I am a very confident member of the GES team who has even been able to train new members of the team and develop guides and processes inside of the company and plan to further my studies into Account and the AAT qualification to further support the company into financial processes which I am ever so excited to start.

Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills inside a business whilst getting paid, gaining experience and a qualification. I would highly recommend them to people who are not sure and would encourage them to apply for many positions to find a company, qualification and position that they feel is right”

Lewis at Green Energy Switch

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Our two new signings!

The transfer deadline slammed shut last Monday but GES managed to secure two very important signings to our growing Void Management Team!

Our first signing is Christine! 🏆🏆

Here are some interesting facts about our new signing Christine:

A bit about yourself?

I’m 29, been working with GES for 1 month now and I love to socialise with friends and family in my spare time

Your role at GES and what you have done so far?

I’m a Project Support officer who has been learning new tasks within GES.

What you like about Green Energy Switch so far?

I like working at GES as there is always a positive atmosphere and my colleagues are very helpful and friendly.

Quirky fact about yourself?

My favourite animal is an Orca Whale.

 

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Our two new signings!

The transfer deadline slammed shut last Monday but GES managed to secure two very important signings to our growing Void Management Team!

Our second signing is Vicky! 🏆🏆

Here are some interesting facts about our new signing Vicky:

A bit about yourself?

I’m a married mum of 2 girls. We are keen campers and love to explore. I love to socialise with family and friends.

Your role at GES and what you have done so far?

My role at Green Energy Switch is within the Voids team to support RSLs with void management to make the process simple. I have supported with gaining RTI’s and making appointments for meters to be installed and to ensure the meter switch process runs smoothly.

What you like about Green Energy Switch so far?

I like that no day is ever the same and the team I work within is so supportive.

Quirky fact about yourself?

When I get cross my legs waddle 😃

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Beware of the price cap trap

Beware of the price cap trap!

 

The energy price cap was designed to protect customers on the most expensive tariffs, but at certain times of year, it can make potential switching savings appear smaller than they really are. Here, we explain why that is and what you can do about it.

What is the price cap?
The price cap is a limit on how much suppliers can charge you per unit of energy you use. It only applies to customers who are on a certain type of tariff, known as a ‘standard variable’ or ‘default’ tariff.

How is the price cap set?
Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, adjusts the price cap twice a year – at the beginning of April and at the beginning of October. The level of the cap reflects the prices suppliers have paid in the preceding six months for the energy they sold to households.

If the cost to suppliers in the previous six months was low, the price cap will be low. If the cost was higher, the price cap will be higher. Here’s how the price cap has changed since it was first introduced:

The price cap trap
Since the most recent price cap was set in summer 2020, the price paid by suppliers for the energy they sell on to households has been rising. As a result, suppliers have raised prices for those tariffs not covered by the price cap. These deals are normally much, much cheaper than the default tariffs governed by the cap, but have recently begun to look less competitive relative to the price cap.

This is where the price cap can cause confusion. If you’re on a ‘default’ tariff, the relatively small savings at the moment could put you off switching. But, the price cap is expected to rise by almost £90 for a typical home at the end of March as recent price increases on the energy markets kick in. That means that customers on standard variable tariffs in April are likely to see the amount they pay increase, too.

On a default tariff?
Above all else, if you’re on a ‘default’ or ‘standard variable’ tariff then there is one rule to remember – you are almost certainly paying too much. Even if your projected savings look to be less than £100, that is still money that you could be using for other things. If you’re in that situation, think seriously about switching now, and come April when the price cap increase takes effect, take a moment to pat yourself on the back! Start your quote at https://www.greenenergyswitch.co.uk/switch-energy-tariff/