You’re hired! Firm seeks apprentices

ONE of Yorkshire’s biggest employers is casting its net in Calderdale in a search for 11 new apprentices.

Yorkshire Water is inviting applications for the second intake of its apprenticeship scheme.

The programme launched last year, when 10 trainees were taken on.

Bosses hope it will help young people hit by unemployment, but are welcoming applications are welcomed from people of all ages.

Successful candidates will be supported by a mentor while they train in skills such as IT, process and production, and mechanical and electrical maintenance.

The two or three year programmes also include college study, and all apprentices will be offered a job at the end of the scheme.

Pamela Rogerson, director of human resources, said: “We recognise we’re in a privileged position to be able to boost employment opportunities within Yorkshire and support the local economy at a time when it is most needed.

“We view schemes like this as being vital to the development of our business, introducing new people with fresh ideas into our business and developing talent.

“That’s why we’re so pleased to be able to increase the number of places available on the scheme this year.”

The company also plans to take on five university leavers in September under its graduate recruitment scheme, like last year.

Chief executive Richard Flint originally joined as a trainee on the programme.

The opening date for applications for the apprenticeship scheme is Monday.

Visit www.yorkshirewater.com and click on careers to apply or call 01274 692060 for more information.