Providing Support to Water Company Apprenticeship Schemes

Posted: Thursday 29th March 2012

With the spotlight on apprenticeships this week a number of water companies are realising how the best and the brightest talent can help them to become leading service providers. Southern Water took on 12 apprentices recently; United Utilities is seeking to fill a range of roles and South West Water has 20 vacancies open for young people.

The Institute of Water is fully supporting this move. It has a number of specific initiatives designed to support both apprentices and water companies in a very cost effective way. Scottish Water is the latest company to realise the value of what the Institute has to offer and has enrolled all 53 of its Modern Apprentices as members for the duration of their apprenticeship.

The Institute was founded back in 1945 as a place for new industry starters to turn for advice and support, and it continues to do just that today. As well as providing a range of events and opportunities for youngsters to learn from and network with the very best in the sector; the Institute provides advice and guidance on CPD and professional registration. It is successfully supporting industry newcomers with a mentoring scheme designed to enhance internal employee development programmes and expose employees to other elements of the industry.

Specialist business support company MBRSS has recently been appointed as the Institute’s first Professional Development Partner to focus specifically on developing talent within the industry; and a collaboration with Utility Week looks to celebrate and reward the industry’s ‘Rising Stars’ whilst providing unique development opportunities along the way.

“The Institute of Water welcomes the spotlight that National Apprenticeship Week has put on this important aspect of talent development, and we will be working closely with industry employers to create the very best opportunities for these young people,” said the Institute of Water’s President Nick Ellins.

Nick continued: “As the only professional body solely concerned with the water sector, we provide a friendly and structured learning and networking environment that supports the individual’s personal growth and promotes business excellence."

A Young Persons Forum is being held on 21 February at Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre which will specifically focus on the development of young people. This will provide attendees with a wider understanding of the benefits of CPD as well as providing one to one coaching and advice from experienced water industry professionals. Speakers include: Ian Limb (Human Resources Manager, Portsmouth Water); Catherine Serusclat (Talent Manager, Veolia Water) and Sassy Horry (Performance & Engagement Manager, Anglian Water).

For more information about this event; membership; or how the Institute can help you as an individual or as an employer please call 0191 4220088 or visit: today.

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