September will see 17 new apprentices start work at Yorkshire Water after beating more than 700 other applicants to the roles.
Applications for the water company’s apprentice programme, which recruits for roles across the region, were up 7% on last year to 733 and applications from females were up 10%.
This year locations for the apprentices will include Doncaster, Bradford, Harrogate, Halifax, Scarborough, York, Hull and Sheffield.
The 17 talented people joining the utility include Jessica Rickett, the winner of the company’s competition at Buttershaw Business Enterprise College where the company works with Year 11 students to deliver employability skills to bridge the gap between current student skills and employer expectations.
Winning the competition put Jessica straight through to a place on the assessment centre. She is the only female in this year’s cohort and is also the company’s first female operational apprentice.
Shauna Purdey Talent Manager of Yorkshire Water said: “Once again we were impressed at the standard of applications for our apprentice scheme and are delighted at the high calibre of young people we’ve offered places to.
“There’s clearly a wealth of talented young people out there eager to get that all important role that provides formal training as well as on the job experience .
“All of the apprentices will start a relevant qualification alongside their on-the-job training and will be offered a permanent role at the end of their apprenticeship. We’re looking forward to welcoming these talented and enthusiastic young people into the business next month.”
Since launching the scheme back in 2010, the company has taken on more than 40 apprentices in a variety of roles 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.
Schemes such as the company’s 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 circulate the earth.