Solihull students seize chance to learn from Severn Trent

Friday 10th February

A group of students from a school in Solihull found out what they can do to save water and also look after the sewers during a visit to Severn Trent last week.

The 15 and 16-year-olds from Forest Oak School in Smith’s Wood also found out about what it’s like to work for the water and waste company during the visit to its headquarters in Coventry.

Adeeba Khalil, from Severn Trent, said: “We had a great day with the group talking about some of the big issues we deal with, and also giving them an idea of what it’s like to work for Severn Trent by talking to them about our apprenticeship scheme.

“The pupils really engaged in the discussions with us and we hope they all took something away from the day – especially when it comes to saving water and not pouring fat, oil and grease down the drain!

“We know how important it is to educate our young people about these issues but, alongside that, we’re also keen for students from across the region to find out more about how they could join us in the future and become the next generation of engineers.”

Severn Trent is investing heavily in training tomorrow’s professionals by bringing 38 graduates and 79 apprentices into its teams in the last year, with plans to do much more in the coming years.

Penny Shakespeare, a teacher from Forest Oak School, added: "This event provided our pupils with key life skills about water use and wastage and vital information about possible routes after their school life. The guest speakers, current apprentices, passed on important first hand advice and shared their experiences of being on their Severn Trent apprenticeship.

“Our pupils certainly left with food for thought about possible career and learning routes. They will be more equipped to make informed decisions about their future now. Many thanks to Adeeba and the team for their hard work in putting on the event and their hospitality.”