National Apprenticeship Week: ambitious candidates invited to 'learn and earn' with Thames Water

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National Apprenticeship Week

Engineers of the future can speak to Thames Water teams at a series of events to mark National Apprenticeship Week.


Britain’s biggest water company is aiming to recruit 45 new apprentices to start in August 2017 as part of its successful, long-running programme.


Applications are open until April 2, with those interested able to meet company representatives next week at Bexleyheath Career Fair (March 6), The National Apprenticeship Show, Sandown Park (March 6/7), the World of Work Roadshow, Twickenham (March 8) and Barking Job Centre Apprentice Event (March 10). Thames Water will also be at the Kingston College Ladder of Opportunity Event the following week on March 14.


Thames Water’s Laura Feltz, who is leading the recruitment drive, said: “Getting out and speaking to young people is a great way of introducing them to all the benefits of joining our fantastic apprentice scheme. It’s crucial for us to continue to recruit and invest in new talent as we need an army of operational staff ready to take over from those reaching the end of their careers.”


Thames Water has been operating a successful Advanced Apprenticeship Programme for many years, which helps create skilled teams to meet the demand for skills and technological expertise. There are currently 66 employed by the company, which operates in London and across the Thames Valley, at various stages of a four-year apprenticeship.


Olly Burnett, a mechanical-electrical apprentice based at Crossness sewage works, east London, said: “I would say to anyone looking to apply for the apprenticeship programme to go for it – it will be hard work but well worth it.


“It’s a fantastic opportunity to work for a massive company and gain some valuable qualifications. I’ve learnt a huge variety of skills and that anything can be achieved providing I put the effort in.”


West London-based Syeda Ahmed, an ICA (instrumentation, control and automation) electrical apprentice, added: “The best part has been getting hands on with the job on site – no two days are the same. I have learnt that practice makes perfect and you shouldn’t be worried if you can’t do something first time round. I feel more females need to come into the industry and that is what motivates me to achieve in my career.”


National Apprentice Week from March 6-10 is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.


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