Thames Water backs pioneering apprenticeship scheme

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Karl Simons, Ian Nixon

The UK’s largest water and wastewater provider, Thames Water, has thrown its weight behind a pioneering new apprenticeship, targeting safety, health and the environment (SHE).


Support for the scheme, recently granted by the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, follows a push for a formal apprenticeship at the recent London health and safety directors’ forum, where senior health and safety executives, including Thames Water’s Karl Simons (pictured), aim to drive standards and tackle challenges across the industry.


Karl Simons, Thames Water’s head of health, safety, security and wellbeing and chair of the London health and safety directors forum said: “There was a groundswell of recognition that, with the growth of our profession throughout the UK, we have an opportunity to support the world of work through the development and implementation of a formal health and safety apprenticeship programme”.


He continued: “I’m delighted with the work undertaken this past year led by a group of dedicated health and safety professionals and am looking forward to welcoming the first apprentice to the scheme.”


The minister’s approval, makes this the first ever SHE apprenticeship scheme formally recognised by government.