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Another first for Yorkshire Water’s apprentice programme

The two latest recruits to Yorkshire Water’s apprentice scheme are company firsts because they will be supported through a degree course.

In January 2015, we announced we would be significantly increasing the numbers of apprenticeships offered over five years in the biggest scheme of its kind that we've ever launched.

So far, the majority of apprentices have been recruited in operational roles as we look to recruit the next generation of skilled colleagues at the heart of providing a crucial service to millions of people around the region. The apprentices are studying a wide range of courses at colleges throughout the region, including Level 3 Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Level 3 Computer Systems, Level 5 Human Resource Management and Level 6 Surveying.

Thomas May, from Huddersfield, and Victoria Ellwood, from Wyke in Bradford, have just joined the Land, Property and Planning and the Land and Valuation Services teams as trainee surveyors and we will support them through a degree course at the University College of Estate Management.

Thomas and Victoria will be based at our headquarters in Bradford when they are not working in the field with experienced colleagues.

The apprentices will learn how we manage our assets whilst helping to support and facilitate the acquisition of land/property or rights, the effective management of these interests and disposal of those interests no longer needed by the business.

Shauna Purdey, Director of Human Resources at Yorkshire Water, said: “We’re delighted to have Thomas and Victoria join us on this exciting new adventure which illustrates how we are supporting apprentices at all levels. Our graduate scheme, apprenticeships and trainee positions offer young people the chance to study for a qualification whilst gaining practical experience.

“Yorkshire Water has recently become the first water company to receive the prestigious National Equality Standard (NES) certification, which recognises good practise in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). We have a passion and commitment to EDI and our efforts towards creating a more diverse workforce and an inclusive culture have been significantly accelerated over recent years. A number of initiatives, including the number and levels of apprentices, have been put in place to ensure that we attract talent from the widest pool possible and we are very proud to launch our first degree apprenticeships.”

Victoria said: “I’m delighted to start my apprenticeship with Yorkshire Water as it means I can earn a salary whilst getting a qualification in my chosen field. There are many different options for young people leaving school or college these days and this was the best one for me."

In contrast, Thomas applied for the apprenticeship after deciding on a change of career, which demonstrates that apprenticeships are equally appealing to mature students who already have experience of work. 

Shauna added: “Competition for places is very high and the calibre of successful applicants means they often go on to attain senior roles within the company. Opportunities come up throughout the year so we’d advise anyone interested to register their interest in working for us on the careers page of our website.”

Please visit our careers page for current opportunities. 

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