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Yorkshire Water is one of only 15% of employers in the UK that offer apprenticeships and we are very proud of this. We are passionate about growing our own talent and we strongly believe that this is critical to our future success.
Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop new skills while earning a salary.
Find out more below about our apprenticeship programme and what we're offering this year
Since 2010, we've run an exciting and rewarding Apprenticeship programme with plenty of opportunities across the business to experience first-hand the different challenges and tasks that are key to the successful operation of the business. We believe that your development is key to the success of the apprenticeship programme and have therefore shaped our course to be exciting, challenging but also highly rewarding!
We have a range of apprenticeship roles in a variety of functions across the business providing excellent opportunities for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals. You will develop a range of new skills through practical experience in addition to receiving training at a local college, gaining a government recognised qualification along the way.
We believe that your development is key to the success of the programme and have therefore shaped our course to be exciting, challenging but also highly rewarding. It will also provide you with every opportunity to get your career off to a great start and will enable you to realise your full potential and be the best that you can be.
Our programme typically lasts for 2 years though in some areas of the business this may take up to 4 years to allow time for completion of all the essential training and qualifications.
Throughout the programme your safety will be our main priority and you will therefore receive comprehensive health and safety training to enable you to learn and work safely at all times.
We’re looking for self-motivated, dedicated and responsible apprentices.
Work experience is not essential, however, you must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team. We’re looking for apprentices that are innovative, passionate about customer service, and enjoy getting things done.
The only qualifications you will need will be the ones that the colleges stipulate. For example, The Electrical and Mechanical Team Apprentice – you must have at least 4 GCSE’s at grade C or above including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
We have roles based at our head office in Buttershaw, Bradford in addition to operational sites across the Yorkshire region.
We offer a very competitive starting salary with bonus payments linked to your progression which will be reviewed regularly with your line manager throughout the programme.
You will also be part of a wider network of apprentices across the company and we therefore encourage you to share learning and experiences through teambuilding events.
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If the Apprenticeship Scheme sounds like the ideal opportunity for you, you will need to complete an online application form which is detailed at the bottom of each job advert once you click on the apply button.
If your application is successful, you will then be contacted by a member of the Recruitment Team to invite you to attend an Assessment Centre. The whole purpose of the Assessment Centre is to give you a feel for what it’s really like to work here and for us to find out more about you. You will be introduced to a variety of people from around the business, some of these will be assessing your potential during the event, and some could even be your future colleagues.
Take a look below at some of our hints and tips to give you the best chance of success.
• Read the form and make notes first – only complete the application when you are ready
• Ensure you fully complete the form in detail – don’t leave any areas blank
• Think about your strengths and what you have to offer – asks family and friends to help
• Check your form for mistakes – check spelling and grammar
• Ask somebody else to read and check it for you – a fresh pair of eyes will help
• Keep the closing date in mind – allow yourself plenty of time to complete
• Keep copy of your application
• Read up on Yorkshire Water – our website is a great source of information
• Feel free to ask what will be involved in the assessment process
• Think about your skills and how you will demonstrate what you have to offer
• Prepare examples of what you have achieved
• Plan your journey and allow plenty of time to get there on the day
• If you have a disability or special requirements, please let us know in advance and we will do everything we can to help
• We want you to do well so be confident and show us what you have to offer. Ask questions
• It is really important to listen carefully to the questions. Although you may have prepared examples do take care to focus on answering the question directly.
• If you are unsure about the question or have not heard it correctly don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to explain what they are asking for.
• Be yourself and be honest. We are looking for real people who want to learn and develop and who share our value
You can take a look at our frequently asked questions on apprenticeships by clicking on each question in the accordian below. Please get in touch if there's any further information you'd like to find out.
Our Head Office is based in Buttershaw, Bradford. However we have over 700 water and sewage treatment works across the Yorkshire Region. Our employees work across many different sites and you should look at the job descriptions to see exactly where the apprentice roles will be based.
For our previous intake, we have recruited in the following departments: The Electrical and Mechanical Team, Customer Service & Networks Team and the Production Team.
It just depends on the role you decide to apply for. For instance the IT Apprentice Scheme can last up to 24 months, whilst the Electrical and Mechanical Apprentice Scheme can last up to 48 months.
We offer a very competitive starting salary with progression bonus payments built in throughout your apprentice programme. The payments will be dependent on your contribution to the business, and developing your potential within the role. You will be able to see how to achieve your progression payments once you have started with us.
Not only will you receive dedicated training through your college placement, we will also support your development whilst at work. This may be through 1-2-1’s, formal in-house training (i.e. attending a training course) or ‘on-the job’ training.
Subject to your performance and capability we will support you to secure a suitable permanent placement within the department you have been sponsored by.
Our apprentice schemes ensure that your development is catered for and that you are rewarded appropriately for your contribution. As your skills and experience grow so will your salary and rewards. We will give you the opportunity and support to develop yourself – it’s then up to you to use this knowledge and experience to your advantage. We advertise all our vacancies internally and if you feel you have the skills needed for a specific role you can apply internally to work in a different area of the business.
Read the job description thoroughly. If you have any more unanswered questions then give our Recruitment Team a call. Basically, if you enjoy learning and going that extra mile, then you are half way there!
Take a look at our current vacancies page where you'll be required to complete an online application form. Click on the Apprentice job title, see if it’s for you and if so, click on the ‘apply’ button that you will find at the bottom of the job advert.
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