It’s been a while since we covered apprenticeships here at Young Academic but we are delighted to cover the news that Yorkshire Water has been named as one of the UK’s best companies for young apprentices.

The list, which includes other household names such as Virgin Media, BT and Jaguar Landrover, has recently been announced and the water suppliers are ecstatic to be named in the top 100 for the very first time. The standings were confirmed at the National Apprenticeship Awards in London on the 26th January 2016.

Their place in the upper echelons of apprenticeship providers in the UK comes following a brand new scheme by which they committed to hiring 160 apprentices over the next five years.

Rebecca McDonnell, Talent Manager, said: “As one of the biggest employers in the region with 3,000 staff, we are committed to providing opportunities for young people throughout the region. It is crucial that we do this so that as a company we retain the technical skills that have  been nurtured in our workforce in recent decades and to also help overcome a skills gap predicted in the utility sector by 2025 partly due to an ageing workforce.”

The new positions will include operational, engineering, IT, and office based roles as Yorkshire Water looks to recruit the next generation of skilled colleagues to be at the heart of providing a crucial service to their five million customers.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, which sponsored the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer List, went on to say: “High quality apprenticeship programmes can help individuals gain the skills they need to progress. And for employers, apprenticeships play a crucial role in developing a skilled workforce. These Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers have experienced these benefits firsthand; I hope other employers are motivated to follow in their footsteps.”

Almost one in five (18.3%) 18-24 year olds across Yorkshire are not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

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