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Search for North Yorkshire Apprentices to Work with Yorkshire Water


7:19pm 22nd May 2013

17 lucky young people will start work as apprentices with Yorkshire Water in September – but only if they get their application in before midnight on 27 May.

The company is appealing for young people from across the county to apply for the 17 apprentice roles it is currently recruiting for in its annual apprentice recruitment drive.

“We typically recruit apprentices once a year and the roles are always popular,” says Yorkshire Water’s Director of Human Resources, Pamela Rogerson.

“We had 700 applicants last year and this year is also proving popular. Our apprentice scheme is really well regarded and we want young people over the county to consider us an employer of choice.

“We have a range of roles available this year both office and field based, with locations including Bradford, Leeds, Scarborough, York, Harrogate and Doncaster and some roles being based across whole the Yorkshire region. We’re looking for the cream of the crop and have timed the scheme to start in September so people can finish their studies and have a fun summer before getting down to work.”

Jason Kane joined the Yorkshire Water apprentice scheme in 2011 and has just secured a role in one of the leakage teams. “It’s been absolutely brilliant. The mixture of on the job training and theory really suited me. Mixing it up makes it more enjoyable and allows me to put the theory into really good working practise.

“I’ve earned money while learning and got an NVQ level 3 as well as a diploma in water engineering. They even offered to pay for my driving lessons!

“I’m delighted to be joining the team permanently and I already feel as though  I’m part of the team. I  would recommend the apprentice scheme to anyone.”

Since launching the scheme back in 2010, the company has taken on over 40 apprentices in a variety of roles within the business, as part of its on-going drive to ensure its skills base is maintained and fresh talent is continuously introduced into the business.

The programme includes a permanent role from day one, college study, with all apprentices supported by a mentor or buddy from relevant departments.  Each apprentice will receive a starting salary of £12,094 plus many additional benefits. Anyone interested in applying should visit yorkshirewater.com/careers

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 more than a million 16-24 year olds are currently out of work.

Yorkshire Water supplies 1.24 billion litres of drinking water -equivalent to 49,600 Olympic sized swimming pools full of water - and treats 1.7 million tonnes of waste water every day.  It operates over 700 clean and waste water treatment works and looks after more than 40,000 miles of water and sewerage mains – enough pipework to circle the earth.

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