(The new cohort of apprentices)
As school pupils across the country return to class, Thames Water’s next batch of apprentices are embarking on their new careers.
Fourteen students have joined the water side of the company, and after completing tailored inductions last month will now begin their four-year courses.
All of the apprentices will be based at operational sites, and are taking apprenticeships in mechanical and electrical qualifications.
Emma Goldsmith, learning and development consultant at Thames Water, said: “As programme manager, I’m really keen for us to build on the current success of the programme.
“One of the ways we’re trying to do this is by bringing all the apprentices together as a cohort every six months to support and learn from each other.
“I’m delighted we’ve recruited another fantastic cohort of fresh new talent into the business who want to learn new skills, and become our future engineers.”
As part of their induction into the company, they were given an overview of the wholesale water business, plus meeting managers and Gareth Parry, head of water production.
During the course, they will study at college five days a week and attend sites during the holidays in the first year, then spend four days a week on site and one day at college in the second years, and will then have regular on-site assessments and compile a portfolio of their work in the third and fourth years.
Daniel Reed, one of the apprentices, said: “I’ve learnt so much already and I’m enjoying my time here so far.
“I’m looking forward to learning more and qualifying as an electrical and mechanical engineer at the end of the scheme.
“The best part so far has been getting to meet everyone - particularly Gareth Parry – it’s good to know people at Thames are so down to earth.”
Cameron Seward, who joined the company last year, was on hand to pass on advice to this year’s cohort.
He said: “It’s been an interesting first year taking all the new skills in and I'm looking forward to qualifying and becoming an engineer at Hampton Water Treatment Works.”