MP praises award-winning apprentice scheme and calls for more applicants from Stroud to apply for future intakes

MP praises award-winning apprentice scheme and calls for more applicants from Stroud to apply for future intakes

MP praises award-winning apprentice scheme and calls for more applicants from Stroud to apply for future intakes

David Drew MP for Stroud has called for young people to consider applying for Severn Trent’s award-winning apprentice or graduate schemes if they are seeking a career in engineering.

Mr Drew was speaking after meeting with a selection of current and recent apprentices, as well as Severn Trent CEO Liv Garfield in Westminster. 

He said: “It’s vital that we encourage more young people – whatever their background – into engineering.  I was delighted to meet such an enthusiastic and welcoming group of apprentices from Severn Trent’s award-winning scheme. 

“I would urge anyone interested in a career in engineering to go on to Severn Trent’s website and find out more about the opportunities on offer.”

The FTSE 100 Company, which serves 4.4 million customers across the Midlands and into north and mid-Wales, offers apprentices the opportunity to combine hands-on experience with studying, while earning a competitive salary.

Last year Severn Trent took on 61 new apprentices after receiving more than 3,000 applications for the roles. The company is investing around £1.2m every year in developing regional skills through the apprenticeship levy.

Heeran Basi, who is on the scheme and was named Apprentice of the Year at the National Apprenticeships Awards, said: “Joining the apprentice scheme is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  It has given me the skills I need for what I hope will be a long career with Severn Trent and I’ve also had the opportunity to work in a welcoming and supportive team.”

Severn Trent CEO Liv Garfield added: “Our apprentices are an absolutely integral part of our business today and they’ll play a really important role for us in the tomorrow too. The programme gives young people a chance to learn and develop while getting a hands-on experience in an industry that’s constantly evolving.

“We’re delighted the scheme continues to be a great success and we’re looking forward to welcoming more apprentices in the future.”

Severn Trent has now doubled the number of options available to apprentices by offering eight different schemes, including new programmes such as finance, group commercial and project management, alongside the previous operational and engineering schemes.

Apprentices can spend up to three years learning and developing with the company, working in various placements across the region, where at the end of the scheme they’ll be guaranteed a role in their speciality.

For more information on Severn Trent’s apprentice scheme, visit www.severntrentapprentices.com.

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