The future of our apprentices

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At South West Water there has been a total of 104 apprentices, 77% of which have stayed on to further their career within South West Water.

Over the 6 year period where the official apprenticeship programme has been running, we have had 60 apprentices in operations and 41 apprentices within business support.

One of our employees, Brett Walter, started his journey as an apprentice at South West Water. He studied maths, physics and computer programming in college and was accepted into the University of West England to do computer programming and software development. However, he decided to pursue an apprenticeship as he did not feel that university was the right choice for him. He said “I joined South West Water as part of the financial development programme, where we rotated between various departments in Finance. One of these departments was Central Finance, the tasks included creating journals for our general accounts, dealing with VAT returns and working with our subsidiary business, Pen Leasing. From these early days I have since achieved my AAT Level 2 and 3 qualifications with a 100% pass rate while also developing at work. I have also been awarded the Highly Commended Advanced Apprentice of the Year at the South West Regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.”

After putting in lots of hard work, he has been able to progress from an apprentice into a full time employee as a Capital Assistant Accountant and he will now be mentoring the latest group of apprentices at South West Water.

Jamie Lucas says "I completed my apprenticeship in 2015 as a Mechanical Craftsperson. I continued my studies after my apprenticeship had finished and completed a foundation degree in Mechanical Engineering by 2017, as well as an ongoing Level 4 Diploma in Water Industry Operations and Management."

"I chose this apprenticeship as I did not want to go to university and enjoyed being hands on as a teenager. My current role is a secondment to the Lean RCM team for Waste Water Services. My role is to introduce a more lean approach to Waste Water Services. My apprenticeship has helped me gain the position I am currently in by providing me with the ability to work as part of a team. I have also learnt a great deal about water and waste water processes, which has allowed me to understand how the company can introduce methods to reduce asset breakdowns."