Teenagers land apprenticeships at United Utilities
12:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
TWO Bolton teenagers are making a splash in the water industry after landing a place on one of the region’s most sought-after training schemes.
The FTSE 100 water company opened its doors to 31 new apprentices and 23 graduates this month who are starting careers in IT, finance, science and engineering.
Alexander, aged 17, opted for an apprenticeship working in water networks, while Liam, aged 16, chose to be an apprentice scientist.
The teenagers will join United Utilities’ team of 5,000 staff keeping the taps flowing and toilets flushing for the seven million people of the North West.
Alexander was attracted to the apprenticeship as a welcome alternative to sixth form.
He said: “I’m proud to say I work for United Utilities.”
United Utilities was highly-commended as an apprentice employer in the regional heats of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013, which were announced in Manchester earlier this month.
In the same week, all the company’s new apprentices got to know each other and met their mentors — experienced staff who will nurture the new starters — during a five-day introduction to the world of water and waste water.
Managing director Steve Fraser said United Utilities had a top talent scheme and many apprentices and graduates stayed with the company long after their training had finished.
He added: “We had thousands of applicants and conducted hundreds of interviews. I’m incredibly proud of all of our apprentices and they have a vital role to play in the future success of United Utilities.”
United Utilities’ talent programme develops every year, with several apprenticeships being offered for the first time in 2013, including IT and Project Delivery.
Apprentices will help deliver a five-year £3.5 billion investment programme in the North West.
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