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Biggest ever apprenticeship recruitment scheme now open

Applications for Yorkshire Water’s biggest ever apprenticeship recruitment scheme are now open with salaries starting above the national apprentice average at £13,000.

In total, 160 apprentices will be hired by the company over the next five years, with the programmes lasting between two to four years.
The closing date for 2015 applications is the 31st May with successful applicants starting their apprenticeships in September.

The news positions will include engineering, IT, operational and office based roles as Yorkshire Water looks to recruit the next generation of skilled colleagues to be at the heart of providing a crucial service to millions of people around the region.

George Cowell, 22, joined Yorkshire Water as an apprentice on the company’s two-year Network Performance Engineer programme in 2011. During the course of the scheme he gained an NVQ Level 3 in Waste Water Engineering.

George said: “The programme put me in good stead for the real working environment of a large utility company, providing me with the technical expertise to do my job effectively, particularly through increased efficiency and regulatory compliance.

“I’m really enthusiastic about my role – it’s fast-paced and no two days are the same. I oversee the work of five people and I look forward to seeing how my career develops at Yorkshire Water and the opportunities that may arise."

As well as a competitive salary, young recruits will receive 10 free driving lessons and a paid for theory and driving test. If they already have a driving license, a free metrocard will be provided.

With almost one in five (18.3%) 18-24 year olds across Yorkshire not in education, employment or training (NEETs), the announcement is welcome news for the region.

The new skilled recruits will also ensure Yorkshire Water is prepared for a skills gap being predicted in the utility sector by 2025, partly caused by an ageing workforce.

Job seekers interested in viewing and applying for a role should visit the Yorkshire Water website.

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