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Wessex Water backs new apprenticeship scheme

Wessex Water has teamed up with Bridgwater College to provide a purpose built educational facility that will give apprentices the skills required to work in the water industry.

Apprentices learning at the new facility in BridgwaterApprentices learning at the new facility in Bridgwater

Twelve students at the college in Somerset will be the first to learn how to repair and maintain typical pipework used to supply water to people throughout the west.

The new centre at Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre will give the Wessex Water apprentices the hands-on skills required to gain an NVQ Level 2 in the water industry.

The course, developed by Wessex Water in partnership with the college, offers the potential for a full-time role in the company’s main laying and repair and maintenance teams, as well as achieving their NVQ qualification.

Ali Hobbs, of Wessex Water’s human resource team, said: “We’re very excited to be working in partnership with Bridgwater College with this new scheme which provides a great opportunity to learn the skills required for a successful career.

“The importance of apprenticeships is ever-growing these days and it’s very rewarding to see young people grow and develop into the world of work.”

The course, which began in September and will continue for the next two years, will see students spend the majority of their apprenticeship on a special site at the College’s Cannington Centre.

The site has sufficient grounds and facilities for the apprentices to carry out practical tasks such as putting water mains together and laying them in the ground.

Andrew Hallet, Programme Manager for the apprenticeship at Bridgwater College, said: “We all appreciate what a wonderful opportunity the twelve young men have been given.

“It’s fantastic to be working with such a large organisation with such a structured programme. There has been plenty of involvement from Wessex Water employees and the apprentices are all doing fantastic.”

Author: James Brockett,
Tags: apprenticeship , skills , water , employees

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