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Nine new apprentices join Amey's Yorkshire Water account

Leading public services provider Amey has recruited nine new apprentices on its Yorkshire Water contract.

Tuesday 18th July marked the first day of their year-long apprenticeship, which will ultimately lead to an NVQ qualification in Sewerage and Drainage Level 2 for Water Jetting. 

The apprentices, aged between 17 and 51, will have access to a broad training programme, including sewerage and drainage essential knowledge, fundamental health and safety and water SHEA, CCTV inspection, high pressure water jetting and customer service.

Amey's Yorkshire Water account manager Phil Owen said: “We had a fantastic response to the recruitment campaign and now have a number of talented people from many different backgrounds working with us. 

"We took the leap to create and invest in our very own, brand new team of jetters who we could train to the specific requirements of the Yorkshire Water contract. This is an exciting time for us as we increase the talent across the account.”

Rebecca McDonnell, Head of Talent at Yorkshire Water, said: “As one of the biggest employers in Yorkshire with around 2,700 staff, we are committed to providing opportunities for young people throughout the region and have committed to hire 160 apprentices of our own by 2020. It is crucial that we do this so that as a company we retain the technical skills that have  been nurtured in our workforce in  recent decades and to also help overcome a skills gap predicted in the utility sector by 2025 partly due to an ageing workforce.”

Amey was awarded the AMP6 waste water repair and maintenance contract by Yorkshire Water in September 2015. The contract covers approximately 55,000 kilometres of sewerage pipes across the county, is worth in excess of £135m and runs until 2020.

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