Trailblazing Severn Trent apprentice scoops top prize at East Midlands awards

14th September 2018

Elliott Walker, who is part of Severn Trent’s trailblazer programme, has been named Advanced Apprentice of the Year in the East Midlands.

The 20-year-old, originally from Middlesbrough but now living in Mansfield and working in Worksop, scooped the prize as part of the regional heats of the National Apprenticeship Awards and follows fellow Severn Trent apprentice Heeran Basi, who took the same award last year.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Elliott. “I really didn’t expect to win but it was just a fantastic feeling and shows just how much you can achieve as an apprentice in the right organisation.

“After school I was keen to find an opportunity where I could build a career and, even though moving to Severn Trent meant I had to relocate, I knew it was the role I wanted.

“Since joining, I’ve been able to take on placements across the company and have also become Severn Trent’s Apprentice Champion, supporting and mentoring new apprentices as they join the business.”

Since joining Severn Trent Elliott has achieved a BTEC in Engineering, which he’s studied alongside an Instrument and Electrical NVQ.

His current role includes reactive, planned and breakdown maintenance involving both electrical and instrumentation equipment but he is soon moving to a new role with the bioresources team at Severn Trent.

He has also been given the opportunity to travel to San Francisco to visit 11 companies as part of a companywide innovation called Bike on a Boat. During the trip, he visited Levi’s innovation lab to see how the company has been able to reduce water consumption in its manufacturing processes.

Michael Widdop, Elliott’s manager, said: “It’s an absolute privilege to see one of your own grow and develop in front of you and see that development recognised at a regional level. I am now looking forward to seeing the outcome of the national finals in London and wish Elliot the best of luck in being selected as I know he can win.”