Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water backs on the job learning for new apprentices and graduates

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is backing Adult Learners’ Week (12 – 18 May) and recruiting at least 30 apprentices, trainees and graduates who will undergo training in structured development programmes.

The company says it is dedicated to recruiting and developing its staff, and focused on building a pool of talented people as part of its succession planning. Welsh Water is also committed to creating employment opportunities for young people living in Wales.

Welsh Water provides continuous development opportunities for staff, and holds annual recruitment rounds for apprentices, graduates and other trainees.

Last year the company recruited 22 apprentices and graduates. The recruitment process for 2012 is already underway, and application forms can be downloaded from the company’s website at www.dwrcymru.com. Applications for both programmes will be accepted until 15 June.

People seeking an apprenticeship must hold a full current UK driving licence, as travelling to company sites will be an essential part of the job.

Welsh Water’s director of Human Resources Linda Williams said, “We offer great career prospects to young people in a company that is unique in the water industry. As a not-for-profit organisation, we focus solely on doing our best for customers and the environment.

“This is a company that needs a variety of skilled people, and the opportunities in this company are exceptional. We require scientists, engineers and other highly academically qualified people, and we also need those who start as apprentices, learn their trades and develop invaluable on-the-job experience. It’s this blend that makes the company efficient and successful so that we can do the best possible job for customers.”

Alex Herridge joined Welsh Water’s graduate programme in 2009 and has subsequently been appointed a member of the company’s energy team, helping to retain the company’s prestigious Carbon Trust Standard accreditation.

He said, “When I joined Welsh Water I had no idea just how large and complex a business is needed to provide water services. I’m delighted to have been given the chance to establish a career in the water industry and was determined to put in the effort to make sure the company retained the Carbon Trust Standard accreditation. It was far from a rubber stamping exercise. I had to compile and evaluate a huge amount of information on the company’s operations and demonstrate that the relevant carbon reduction programmes are in place.”

Adult Learners' Week is an annual event co-ordinated by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) which celebrates learners and promotes the benefits of learning for fun, or leading to a qualification.

Welsh Water is investing heavily and working hard to ensure top quality services to all its communities. The company is investing £1.4 billion in its water and sewerage network between 2010 and 2015.

It is a ‘not-for-profit company’ which has been owned by Glas Cymru since 2001. Welsh Water does not have shareholders, and any financial surpluses are reinvested in the business for the benefit of customers.

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