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View archived newsCambridge Water marks National Apprenticeship Week with a recruitment drive

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Cambridge Water marks National Apprenticeship Week with a recruitment drive

Two apprentices from Cambridge Water will be out and about in the local community during  National Apprenticeship Week (which runs from 6 to 10 March) to raise awareness of the scheme and encourage new recruits.

The water company took on Michael Spaans and Harry Bray last year. It has been so overwhelmed with their enthusiasm, dedication and desire to drive the company forward, it wants to encourage more recruits with its Talent Pipeline campaign.

Throughout the week the Michael and Harry, along with five apprentices based in the South Staffs region, will be out and about acting as ambassadors for the Talent Pipeline scheme.

Maryjane Squires, HR Business Partner, at Cambridge Water, said: “We really want to get the message out there that the apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic way to get into a forward thinking industry that is committed to career growth.

On Wednesday 8 March the company will be represented at the ICC Birmingham for the National Apprenticeship Event.  The event will feature a host of employers and training providers on hand to talk to people about apprenticeship opportunities.

This will be followed by a visit to where the team will discuss career opportunities with pupils.

Since starting with South Staffs Water in September, the apprentices have worked in different departments, either as utility engineers, which focus on mechanical, electrical and instrument, control and automation (ICA), or as a water process technicians, who are learning about the water network, leakage and water treatment.

Harry, from Papworth, is a passionate and dedicated Cambridge United supporter who has described his time so far at Cambridge Water as ‘phenomenal!’ “I have already acquired so many skills, both technically and socially. I have received a great amount of support so far from the company and in particular my mentor. Rotating around the business allows me to get a feel of all aspects of the company which is fantastic.”

On Thursday he will be at his school Swavesey Village College to talk to pupils above the scheme and try and encourage new recruits.

Each apprenticeship lasts for three years and those which successfully complete the programme will be guaranteed a job.

Marcella Nash, Director of Human Resources at Cambridge Water, said: “It’s great to have been able to bring talent into the business and water industry.

“We hope this year’s National Apprenticeship Week will help raise awareness of the company and bring in future talent.”

Anyone who is interested in finding out more should send a CV to waterhr@south-staffs-water.co.uk

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