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Support of Bradford colleges earns accolade from business charity

As part of Responsible Business Week (20th – 27th April), Yorkshire Water has been recognised for the support it has given to two Bradford colleges by the Business in the Community charity.

The firm has been shortlisted for The Schools Partnership Award in recognition of the mentoring, work experience and business leadership programmes it has offered at Shipley College and Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College. In total, 55 students and managers have benefited from the programmes.

Pamela Rogerson, Yorkshire Water’s Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety, said: “We recognise that young people need as much support as possible to help them successfully bridge the gap between education and the world of work. Bradford’s benefit claimant rate of 3.7 per cent is above the national average and, as one of the city’s largest employers, we accept that we have an important role to play to improve the employability skills of young people.”

To support Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, Yorkshire Water up-skilled 18 of its staff to deliver 140 hours of mentoring and coaching programmes to the college’s year 11 students. This also increased Yorkshire Water’s total team of mentors to 96 staff who offer their skills to other schools throughout the region.

For Shipley College, five students were offered a 10-week work placement with the firm.

Pamela Rogerson added: “These opportunities for students also help us in our quest to develop a pipeline of talented young people who can potentially become Yorkshire Water apprentices of the future.”

The Schools Partnership Award identifies those businesses running partnerships with schools in order to motivate and support students to build successful working lives. By doing so, this also responds to skills shortages so business can compete in the future.

Yorkshire Water has recently announced its biggest ever recruitment apprentice programme, with a commitment to hire 160 new apprentices over the next five years.

Nearly one in five (18.3 per cent) of 18-24 year olds across Yorkshire are not in education, employment or training.

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