ONE of Yorkshire’s largest employers has embarked on a search for 11 new apprentices to join its flourishing apprenticeship programme.

Yorkshire Water launched the scheme last year, taking on 10 apprentices in a variety of roles as part of its drive to maintain a skilled workforce and introduce new talent to the business.

Each apprentice will be on a starting salary of £10,000.

The latest call for applicants starts on Monday and comes as the company gears up to deliver a five-year £3.5bn programme of improvements to its water and sewerage networks.

Bradford-based Yorkshire Water has contacted schools and colleges with details of the apprenticeship scheme, which is open to people of all ages.

Apprentices will be trained in areas such as IT, process and production and mechanical and electrical maintenance.

Successful candidates are supported by a mentor from relevant departments.

The two or three-year programmes include college study, providing successful applicants with the chance to further their academic qualifications as well as their skills.

At the end of the scheme, all apprentices will be offered a job.

Pamela Rogerson, director of human resources at Yorkshire Water, said: “As one of the region’s largest employers, we recognise we’re in a privileged position to be able to boost employment opportunities in 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 to ensure we continue to provide our 4.4m customers with the high quality service they’ve come to expect from us.

“That’s why we’re so pleased to be able to increase the number of places available on the scheme this year. Hopefully – like last year – we’ll be blown away by the demand for places and the incredible amount of untapped talent out there.”

Yorkshire Water is also maintaining its graduate recruitment and training programme – taking on five university leavers in September last year with plans to do the same later this year.

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

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