Water board taps in to apprentices

ONE of Yorkshire’s largest employers is looking to Scarborough as it works to boost its apprenticeship programme.

Yorkshire Water launched its apprenticeship scheme last year, taking on 10 apprentices in a variety of roles within the business.

The latest call in the search to find 11 apprentices comes as the company continues the delivery of its five-year £3.5billion programme of improvements on its water and sewerage networks.

Schemes such as the company’s graduate and apprentice programmes are also helping to support many of the young people who have been hardest hit by unemployment, with recent statistics highlighting how close to one million 16-24 year olds are currently out of work.

Pamela Rogerson, director of human resources at Yorkshire Water, said: “As one of the region’s largest employers, we recognise we’re in a privileged position to be able to boost employment opportunities within Yorkshire and support the local economy at a time when it is most needed.

“We view schemes like this as being vital to the development of our business, introducing new people with fresh ideas into our business and developing talent.

“That’s why we’re so pleased to be able to increase the number of places available on the scheme this year, and hopefully this year, like last year, we’ll be blown away by the demand for places and the incredible amount of untapped talent out there.”

Yorkshire Water is advertising the vacancies on its website, which also contains details for a multitude of other junior and senior vacancies in customer services, service delivery, developer services and sewerage network and optimisation.

The company has also contacted schools and colleges with details of the apprenticeship scheme.

The scheme, which is open to people of all ages, will see apprentices train in skills suitable for all areas of Yorkshire Water’s operations such as IT, process and production and mechanical and electrical maintenance.

The two or three year programmes include college study, providing successful applicants with a skills development opportunity and a chance to further their academic qualifications. Visit www.yorkshirewater.com and click on ‘careers’ to apply or call 01274 692060 for more information.