Careers education and work experience

Find out about our live careers events and work experience at Yorkshire Water.

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Careers guidance 

Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future.

We offer a wide range of careers – everything from customer service, clean and wastewater operational roles, legal, finance, human resources and regulatory teams, to I.T. specialists, health & safety and sustainability experts.

We know that most schools across the region host career fairs at some point during the academic term, and as you can imagine, we receive hundreds of requests to attend.  Unfortunately, we just don’t have enough people to do this, so we offer our Careers Live events at specific times of the year so everyone can take part using a virtual platform (TEAMS LIVE).

For the 2022/23 academic year, we will be hosting the following Careers Live events:

 

9 February 2023 - National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 6 to 12 February and is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional work carried out by apprentices and employers across the country and the positive difference apprenticeships can make to people of all ages and backgrounds.

On 9th February, we'd like to invite you and your students to join one of our virtual careers talks to find out all about the exciting and varied career opportunities we have to offer.  The sessions will take place at 9.15am, 11.15am and 1.30pm.  They're free of charge and will last approximately 45 minutes.

The sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams LIVE and will include a 'What Yorkshire Water does' presentation, examples of roles across the business, an overview of pathways into the company, a sample of the apprenticeships we offer and hearing from some of our colleagues about their own experiences.  This will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions via the live Q&A facility.

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8 March 2023 - National Careers Week

National Careers Week takes place from 6 to 11 March and aims to provide a focus for careers guidance activities which help support young people develop awareness and excitement about their future pathways.

On 8th March, we'd like to invite you and your students to join one of our virtual careers talks to find out all about the exciting and varied career opportunities we have to offer.  The sessions will take place at 9.15am, 11.15am and 1.30pm.  They're free of charge and will last approximately 45 minutes.

The sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams LIVE and will include a 'What Yorkshire Water does' presentation, examples of roles across the business, an overview of pathways into the company, a sample of the apprenticeship and graduate roles we offer and hearing from some of our colleagues about their own experiences.  This will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions via the live Q&A facility.

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Careers fairs

During the academic year 2022/23, unfortunately we will not be able to provide any employee hosted stands for schools career fairs.

Work experience 

Work experience at Yorkshire Water is offered via our Industrial Cadets Work Experience programme.  Industrial Cadets is an accredited work experience programme for young people, supported by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT).

During a week-long programme of activities, students will be based at our Learning Academy (Esholt Hall, Bradford) and will take part in a series of sessions learning about sustainability issues within the UK water industry.

Students will be given a project to complete, and present by the end of the week; this focuses on water conservation, which is a real challenge faced by the UK water industry. 

At the end of the week, students will receive a nationally recognised Silver Level Industrial Cadets award.  This is similar to receiving a Duke of Edinburgh award, but with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Students can therefore use this award when applying for jobs / further education.

 

Programme dates

Our next Industrial Cadets programme will take place week commencing 10th July 2023.

The course will be available for up to 30 students.

Students must be aged between 16-18 years of age and should be committed to attend 9am – 4.30pm each day of the week. 

Entry is via an application process. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31 January 2023.

Gatsby benchmarks

Our offer links to the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance.

  • Our virtual programme links to Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees.
  • Our educational visits programme links to Benchmark 6 – Experiences of workplaces.
  • Our work experience programme links to Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees and Benchmark 6 – Experiences of workplaces.
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