South West Water News Update: New Apprentices Taken On Board

South West Water Apprenticeship

South West Water news update: Following the success of their scheme in previous years, South West Water have recruited more apprentices, including 2 females.

In a move that reflects just how successful their scheme has been the water supply company South West Water have selected the most impressive of their applicants to be the next generation of water industry specialists. This year the roster includes two female apprentices which also marks some good progress for any industry that is dominated by one gender.

“They [the apprentices] will work within the company’s drinking water, waste water and operation support services, supported by a nominated mentor while studying for a Level 3 qualification.

It comes as one Exeter-based training provider reports a shortage of candidates for electrical contractors who are keen to recruit apprentices.

South West Water News Update

Apprentice Deryn Spencer, 17, from Ottery St Mary, has joined South West Water after completing her studies at the King’s School. She said: “I preferred to do something more practical and I am interested in water so I thought South West Water would be a good place to start. It is the perfect place to work for the direction I want to take.”

There are now 46 apprentices at the Exeter-based utility firm, making up around four per cent of its workforce.

South West Water’s operations director Dr Stephen Bird said: ‘We have had an exceptional response with more than 580 applications from young people across the region. We have selected the top candidates who we are confident 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.’

Meanwhile, DCET Training has nearly 200 electrical apprentices on its books but is finding a shortage of suitable candidates as more electrical contractors look for apprentices.

Helen Howard, DCET’s work-based learning co-ordinator, said: ‘In spite of using the resources of the National Apprenticeship Service and Careers South West, we simply don’t have enough top-notch candidates on our books to introduce to employers.’

‘Sadly, a lot of youngsters are persuaded to stop on at school when they would rather be trying their hand at something more practical. Others go into classroom-based Level 2 electrical training so they miss out on the practical aspect of the job and, importantly, being paid. There is nothing to beat a proper Level 3 apprenticeship, and this is the only route to becoming a qualified electrician.’”

If you are interested in learning more about the South West Water apprenticeship scheme or any other service offered by the company, call their customer services department using the South West Water contact number.

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