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  • by Karma Loveday

Water industry embraces National Apprenticeship Week

The water industry embraced National Apprenticeship Week last week, with companies widely showcasing the opportunities they offer and the experiences of current apprentices, and calling on people of all ages and backgrounds to consider a career in the sector.

Water UK said: “There are interesting and exciting employment opportunities in every region of the country, with jobs ranging from water operatives to engineers, and HR business partners to cyber security analysts – and each one of them help keep the nation’s water flowing. Many water companies are also supporting the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme which aims to create job placements for 16- to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit.”

Companies whose work was promoted included Untied Utilities, South East Water and Scottish Water.

United Utilities

The company said 30 of the 80 apprenticeship roles it is currently recruiting including scientists, fleet technicians and engineers were "green’"– focused on reducing carbon on improving the environment. The roles.

South East Water

It planned to triple the number of apprentices it trains in the next year. Last year’s scheme saw 20 trained, involving apprentices from 20 to 65 years old, working right the way through the business. Head of HR, Sian Jenkins, said: “Particular focus will be on developing our employees internally and recruiting a new generation of future talent across all areas of our business.”

Scottish Water said 1,000 apprentices and graduates, employed by it and partner organisations, will be harnessed to help transform water and wastewater services during this current price period of record investment to 2027 – including working on climate resilience and delivery of net zero by 2040.


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