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Barnardo’s partnership proves huge success for Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water has hailed its partnership with Barnardo’s as a huge success following the end of the first set of 12-week placements.

The firm took on a number of 18-24-year-olds who are part of the charity’s Employment and Skills (ETS) programme, with two attendees impressing to such an extent they have been offered apprenticeships.

The ETS programme supports young adults gain skills and qualifications to get started in the world of work and for Yorkshire Water it was a great opportunity to find talent that wouldn’t have been found through the traditional route of applications and interviews.

The students attended an induction week where they attended workshops, tours, talks and sessions from across the business, this included giving them an insight into areas such as biodiversity, land and property, communications, waste water, clean water, HR and IT.

The students were then placed in various departments across the businesses, spending time shadowing colleagues and getting an understanding of the skills needed for the roles.

Head of Wastewater Process & Pumping at Yorkshire Water, Iain Washer said: “I have found working with the team to develop and deliver this programme inspiring.

“Yorkshire Water can work with groups of young adults, creating advocates for our business and hopefully attracting great people who are hugely enthusiastic, engaged and itching to have the opportunity to work within our business.

“For the individuals, Yorkshire Water help them gain the confidence to develop skills and knowledge within the working environment. We have also been supporting training, skills and experience to reflect within interviews and their cv.

“I am excited that Dominic and Jonathan will both be joining the Wastewater Process & Pumping Team as trainee Operators and three candidates have applied for roles within our Leakage Detection team. I am sure as the programme develops we can attract even more great people.”

Barnardo’s Children’s Service Manager, James Robinson, said: “The vulnerable young people we support face a number of barriers to training and employment. Working with a great organisation like Yorkshire Water, who understand those young people we support has provided a whole host of new, exciting and life changing opportunities.

“I think the main skills that the young people developed whilst attending the programme was how hard work and commitment can lead to achieving your goals, a message that was delivered by Iain Washer to the young people at the start.

“The fact that, those who demonstrated those skills, were rewarded by being offered fixed term contracts. The initial programme has been an incredible success and we hope that with Yorkshire Water’s support we can provide more positive futures for our young people in the future.”

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