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By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

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ASHBOURNE’s water provider is inviting applications for its apprenticeship scheme.

Severn Trent Water’s apprenticeship scheme is open to anyone who has, or is expecting to achieve this year – at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A* - C, including maths and English.

Opportunities are available for 16 successful candidates to do a two-year operational technician apprenticeship, or a four-year advanced apprenticeship in electrical, maintenance or instrumentation skills.

According to the National Apprentice Service, almost 20 per cent of apprentices go on to become senior managers at later stages of their careers.

Michelle Prior, co-ordinator for Severn Trent’s apprenticeship scheme said: “We’re always hearing how much it costs to go to university now and how many young people are unemployed.

“Working as an apprentice for Severn Trent would avoid all the student debt and would give you practical on-the-job training with a responsible, FTSE 100 company.

“Not only will you be paid a salary from day one, you’ll get paid holidays too.

“And even better news; you’ll be a permanent employee with us from the start of your apprenticeship.”

Kayleigh Bessim works for Severn Trent Water as an apprentice operations and maintenance technician and said the experience has been hugely rewarding: “I went to university but after I graduated I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.

“I was working in a pub and saw an advert on the apprenticeship website and applied for a role in engineering.

“I was told about another role in operations and maintenance that sounded really interesting – so applied for that one as well.

“There was lots of outdoor work and it was very hands on, which I liked.

“I thought I would just be working in operations following the team around.

“I wasn’t expecting to also learn about the water production side, which has also been really interesting.

“I love the team I work with.

“They’ve taken me under their wing and don’t mind my endless questions.

“They’re good at starting from the beginning and going through the whole explanation to make sure I have all the details and I understand everything.

“I also like that it’s hands on.”

Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and Ms Prior said: “If you’re planning to make an application then don’t hang around.

“More than 800 people applied last year, and although the closing date is in early March, we’ll fill the vacancies as soon as we find the right people.”

Further information, including how to apply for the scheme, is available online at www.severntrent.com/apprentices

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