Nearly two-dozen apprentices are entering the world of work after being hired by Thames Water.
Twenty-two youngsters have joined the waste water side of the business, and are now undergoing a tailored induction programme before officially starting in September.
As part of the four-year course, the apprentices will work from Thames Water’s waste water treatment sites while attending college one day a week.
Jason Styles, learning and development consultant at Thames Water, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming these apprentices into the company.
“They will be the future of the company, and we’re committed to training them to exceptionally high standards to ensure we provide the best service possible for customers.
“We’ve worked extremely hard to attract more young female apprentices into engineering, an industry that‘s predominately male dominated, with 96 per cent of apprentices being male.
“We are really pleased to welcome three female apprentices into this year’s cohort Alex Wellbelove, Laura Strickland and Kayleigh Nicholas.”
The apprentices’ will mainly focus on the mechanical-electrical and electrical-ICA aspects of the sites, and have already completed a three-day induction at Mogden sewage works, in which they met their line managers, plus Lawrence Gosden, managing director for waste water, and got to know the company.
Their courses will be delivered by Activate Apprenticeships, which will lead the training programme and look after the company’s cohort of apprentices.
Laura Strickland said: “I’m really excited to be starting out in what will hopefully be a long and very rewarding career at Thames Water.
“In my brief time here, I’ve been incredibly impressed at the opportunities on offer, and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
The full list of apprentices: Alexandra Wellbelove, Archie Delaney, Dare Joseph, Ellis Baxter-Hearn, Finlay Sutherland, Harrison Adams, Jack Pearce, Jamie Lines, Joseph Neighbour, Josh Peck, Kayleigh Nicholas, Kieron Carr, Laura Strickland, Lee Singleton, Markus Louw, Marvin Kleta, Nicky Spurr, Oliver Sanders, Paul Smith, Zak Titouah, Ben Thurlow, Jack Clarke and David Clarke.