Stoke-on-Trent MPs find out how Severn Trent is investing in apprentices for the future

Thursday 16th August

Two MPs from Stoke-on-Trent had a chance to find out how Severn Trent is investing in the future when they met one of the company’s apprentices in the city.

Ruth Smeeth, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove, and Gareth Snell, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, spent an afternoon with the company to find out more about work happening in the area.

Ms Smeeth said: “It was fantastic to see all the investment being made by Severn Trent’s engineers of the future through their apprenticeship scheme which provides young people with the chance to start earning while developing their skills. 

“Apprenticeships are a win-win – they provide the young person with invaluable experience for the future and gives Severn Trent the opportunity to develop their leaders of tomorrow.” 

Severn Trent offers apprentices the opportunity to combine hands-on experience with studying, while earning a competitive salary. The company is investing around £1.2m every year in developing regional skills through the apprenticeship levy. 

As well as meeting with an apprentice the MPs had an opportunity to join a leakage team who were working to repair a customer’s supply pipe. In the last 10 years, Severn Trent has reduced leakage by 20% and the company has committed to reduce this by a further 15% by 2020.

Mr Snell said: “I was pleased to see engineers out in our communities working to fix leaks and secure our water supplies for many years to come. “It was reassuring to see that Severn Trent is taking leakage seriously and is working hard to provide customers with a reliable supply of water.”

Steve Allmark, from Severn Trent, added: “Our apprentices are so important for our business right now and even more so for the future. The programme gives young people a chance to develop while getting hands-on engineering experience that will be vital for us in the years ahead.

“We’re also committed to fixing leaks and providing customers with wonderful water whenever they need it, and it was great to give both MPs the opportunity to see our teams in action.” 

For more information on Severn Trent’s apprentice scheme, visit