WWU increases apprenticeship intake by 200 per cent

Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has recruited 200 per cent more apprentices than it did in 2013 as it delivers on its commitment to invest in young people and attract them to the gas industry.

WWU has recruited twenty-four apprentices from across its operating area. The new recruits will carry out their training at WWU’s training facilities at Treforest, south Wales and Bridgewater, Somerset, as well as local colleges.

The three-year programme will equip the apprentices with the “skills, confidence and innovative thinking to help drive WWU’s business long into the future.”

The 2016 intake is focussed on the build and repair teams that maintain existing gas equipment and lay new supply pipes, mechanical engineers and electrical and instrumentation engineers for network services teams who maintain the control systems of the gas network.

WWU people and engagement director Sarah Hopkins said: “We’re preparing our business to meet the challenges of the future and recruiting the next generation of gas engineers is a key part of this.

“We have a reputation for providing outstanding levels of gas safety, reliability and customer service to the 7.5 million people we serve – and we’re counting on our new apprentices to help us maintain this in the future.”