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Student crunch time - is an apprenticeship right for you?

Posted on: 11/01/2019

Are you one of the millions of young people who will make the choice about your future this month? If you’re still unsure as to whether university is right for you, it’s not too late to consider an apprenticeship as a fantastic career option – in which you can earn whilst you learn.

Wales & West Utilities’ coveted apprenticeship programme is open until 15 January 2019, with the company looking for future gas engineers to help keep the gas flowing to heat homes, power businesses and keep the lights on right across Wales and south west of England.

Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director, Sarah Hopkins, explains:

“Our award-winning apprenticeship scheme is an opportunity for talented people to learn while they earn. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people who want a hands-on career and we’re urging people who think they have what it takes to put in their application.

“We know a lot of people are thinking about their future in January, and we’d encourage people to consider all options available to them – including apprenticeships, when they’re making decisions.

“We’re working hard to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses, and apprentices play a key role in helping us meet the challenges of the future – making sure energy is affordable, reliable and green.

“College or university isn’t the right path for everyone, so if you think you can be part of a team working to keep communities across Wales and the south west of England safe and warm, we’d love to hear from you.”

Wales & West Utilities is on the lookout for potential gas engineers to join their award-winning apprenticeship programme which will equip them with the skills they need to deliver for the 7.5m people the company serves long into the future. Apprentices will be based across Wales and the south west of England and will carry out all their training at Wales & West Utilities’ state-of-the-art training academies in Treforest, south Wales, and Bridgwater, Somerset, as well as in local colleges.

The three-year programme will help recruits develop the skills to deliver outstanding levels of customer service and keep communities across Wales and south west England safe and warm with a gas supply they can rely on for years to come.

Wales & West Utilities has run its CIPD award-winning apprenticeship programme since starting operations in 2005 and has recruited almost 200 apprentices from across Wales and the south west of England.

Anyone who thinks they have what it takes to help Wales & West Utilities keep the gas flowing should visit www.wwutilities.co.uk/apprenticeships for further information.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2018. Wales & West Utilities look after the pipes that bring gas to homes and businesses across Wales and the south west of England.

With a team of more than 1000 trained and experienced engineers the company serve the 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales that rely on its gas emergency and pipeline services. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.

The company is also working on a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.