Yorkshire Water reaps plaudits at apprenticeship awards

Yorkshire Water reaps plaudits at apprenticeship awards

Yorkshire Water has been named as one of the UK’s top apprenticeship providers alongside brands such as BT, Jaguar Land Rover and Virgin Media.

It is the first time the firm has been ranked in the UK’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, which was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards in London last week.

A total of 10 Yorkshire companies were recognised in the awards and Yorkshire Water was one of only three UK water companies.

Last year, Yorkshire Water launched its biggest ever apprenticeship recruitment scheme by committing to hire 160 apprentices over the next five years.

Rebecca McDonnell, talent manager, said: “As one of the biggest employers in the region with 3,000 staff, we are committed to providing opportunities for young people throughout the region.

“It is crucial that we do this so that as a company we retain the technical skills that have been nurtured in our workforce in recent decades and to also help overcome a skills gap predicted in the utility sector by 2025 partly due to an ageing workforce.”

The new positions include operational, engineering, IT, and office based roles as the firm looks to recruit the next generation of skilled workers.

Chris Jones, chief executive of the City & Guilds Group, which sponsored the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer List, praised companies committing to apprenticeships.

He added: "High quality apprenticeship programmes can help individuals gain the skills they need to progress. And for employers, apprenticeships play a crucial role in developing a skilled workforce.

“These Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers have experienced these benefits firsthand; I hope other employers are motivated to follow in their footsteps."

Almost one in five (18.3%) 18-24 year olds across Yorkshire are not in education, employment or training (NEETs).