Supporting apprentices through a degree course

Water supply company Yorkshire Water is committed to strengthening their team and offering new opportunities to those living in Yorkshire. In January 2015, the company announced plans to significantly grow the number of apprenticeships on offer and become the biggest scheme of its kind that the company has ever launched.

shutterstock_361872101The apprenticeships help young people enter the business through operational roles, working as key members of the team to deliver exceptional service to the company’s millions of customers. During the course, the apprentices study at colleges across the region to gain qualifications in Level 3 Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Level 3 Computer Systems, Level 5 Human Resource Management and Level 6 Surveying.

However, two of Yorkshire Water’s newest apprentices are being supported even further. Thomas May from Huddersfield and Victoria Ellwood from Wyke in Bradford have joined the business as trainee surveyors, with Yorkshire Water supporting them through a degree course at the University College of Estate Management.

Throughout the duration of the course, both Thomas and Victoria will learn how Yorkshire Water manages its assets. They will support and facilitate the acquisition, management or disposal of land, property or rights.

Speaking of the news, apprentice Victoria said: “I’m delighted to start my apprenticeship with Yorkshire Water as it means I can earn a salary whilst getting a qualification in my chosen field. There are many different options for young people leaving school or college these days and this was the best one for me.”

While Victoria found the apprenticeship after leaving school, Thomas applied for the scheme after deciding on a career change. This proves that apprenticeships can work for mature students too.

Shauna Purdey, director of human resources at Yorkshire Water, said; “We’re delighted to have Thomas and Victoria join us on this exciting new adventure which illustrates how we are supporting apprentices at all levels. Our graduate scheme, apprenticeships and trainee positions offer young people the chance to study for a qualification whilst gaining practical experience.

“Competition for places is very high and the calibre of successful applicants means they often go on to attain senior roles within the company. Opportunities come up throughout the year, so we’d advise anyone interested to register their interest in working for us on the careers page of our website.”

Yorkshire Water recently became the first water company to receive the prestigious National Equality Standard (NES) certification in recognition of the company’s attitudes to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The company is incredibly proud to offer their first degree apprenticeships, helping to further strengthen its inclusion policy.