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South West Water recruits 22 new apprentices

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22 apprentices start at South West Water
South West Water has recruited the next generation of water industry professionals in an expansion of its successful apprenticeship programme.

Twenty-two apprentices will join water and sewerage operations across the region and the cohort includes the company's first two female apprentices.

The chosen trainees will work within its Drinking Water and Waste Water Services, along with Operation Support Services. The apprentices will work alongside a nominated mentor whilst studying for a level three qualification from a training provider.

Apprentice Abi Hayward, aged 22, from Lanhydrock, will be working in Waste Water Services in Bodmin. She said: "I wanted a lifelong career and to do something outdoorsy while protecting the environment. It was South West Water's values of sustaining our environment here in the South West that made me want to apply."

Karl Stone, aged 17, from Delabole, will be working in Waste Water Services in Launceston. He said: "I like to be hands-on and I like to know that I'm providing something for the South West and something that is essential to communities."

There are now 46 apprentices at South West Water who make up around 4% of its workforce

South West Water's Operations Director Dr Stephen Bird said: "I am delighted to welcome our new apprentices. Sharing knowledge and expertise with the next generation of water industry professionals is critical for a successful workforce of the future which is ready to meet the challenges of our 25-year vision.

"We have had an exceptional response with over 580 applications from young people across the region. We have selected the top candidates who we are confident that will live up to the high standards set by our current apprentices. We are also pleased to welcome our first female apprentices to the programme and hope their appointment will encourage other young women to pursue a practical career in the water industry."

Published: 11 September 2013

Notes for editors

  • South West Water now has 46 apprentices across a range of business disciplines
  • All apprenticeships will follow a structured programme of training and development, provide work-based experience and are supported by an experienced training provider.

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