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South West Water celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 14 - 18 March

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South West Water apprentices
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, South West Water will be pledging at least 10 new apprenticeship opportunities as well as taking part in a number of activities.

Co-ordinated by the Skills Funding Agency, the week celebrates the positive impact that both apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Having recently been reaffirmed as one of the country's top 100 apprentice employers, South West Water's apprenticeship programme has won six national and regional awards over the last year.

Since the programme was launched in 2011, South West Water has employed 85 apprentices from across Devon and Cornwall, covering 15 different business departments. This includes: 23 from Cornwall, 20 from Central Devon, 15 from East Devon, 14 from South Devon, eight from South West Devon, and five from North and West Devon.

The majority of apprentices have successfully moved into permanent jobs within South West Water.

South West Water will be participating in National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 16) with a range of celebrations and activities, including:

  • Two South West Water apprentices, Asia Tombs and Tom Montgomery have been shortlisted for apprentice of the year awards with their training provider, Education and Training Skills in Exeter
  • As part of an ongoing work experience programme seven students from South Devon University Technical College are visiting South West Water
  • Two of South West Water apprentices, Scott Ackland and Martha Jo Dare, are speaking at Bideford College and Dartmouth Academy respectively to promote apprenticeships
  • South West Water is exhibiting at the Exeter Apprenticeship Expo on Tuesday 15 March, a major careers event to match employers with young people seeking apprenticeships
  • On Friday 11 March, South West Water was a guest speaker at an event to around 50 employers to promote Higher and Degree level apprenticeships.

Nigel Fenn, South West Water's Organisation & Employee Development Manager and Chair of the South West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network said:

"We are committed to investing in local talent and are delighted to support National Apprenticeship Week. All our apprentices receive excellent training from experienced professionals before being given the opportunity to put this into practice.

"By working in different roles and experiencing new challenges, the programme ensures that both they, and the business, are well prepared for the future."

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