As a local employer, we spoke to over 100 young women from across the region at an event about careers in science, technology and engineering as part of National Apprentice Week. We've been named as one of the country’s top 100 apprenticeship employers and we want to encourage more young women to take up these opportunities.
Amy Barber, who is responsible for the apprentice programme at Severn Trent, said: “We all know that science and engineering careers are not “just for boys”, so this event was all about showing girls and women exactly what careers are on offer. It was a fantastic day with many schools from across the region joining us for the day. We had some great conversations with girls and young women who were interested in science subjects but didn’t really know what to do after school. Hopefully some of them will now consider an apprenticeship and go on to glittering careers in engineering and science – and maybe here at Severn Trent.
“We see apprentices as an absolutely integral part of our business, which is one of the reasons why we took on almost three times as many last year. Our apprentices have visibility across the business right from the start as they work across our region with experts, other apprentices, and graduates, and have the opportunity to make a vital contribution right at the start of their career with us. We’re making sure that we’re training them in such a way as to ensure they can develop the right skills for today – where they can help make a real difference to our customers straightaway – and for tomorrow.”
Hannah Black is currently doing an apprenticeship at Severn Trent and spoke to many young women at the event: “I chose to do an apprenticeship in engineering because I’d always been a more vocational learner and found that I could understand complex subjects better when I applied them to a real life situation. I’d already had some work experience in the engineering field before applying for an apprenticeship and this confirmed for me that I was well suited to this type of role. When I found out more about the varied nature of the role and the vast opportunities at Severn Trent that I knew this was the right fit for me.”
Some of Severn Trent’s 2016 apprentice intake have joined the company at degree level for the first time, as well as at advanced and higher levels. The company also recently has expanded its apprenticeship roles for 2017 to include digital and IS and finance, as well as more traditional engineering roles.
For more information about Severn Trent’s apprenticeship programme, visit our webpage here.
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