Yorkshire Water will create 160 apprenticeships over the next five years in the biggest scheme of its kind ever launched by the company.
The utility company said most of the roles will be operational ones, as it looks to recruit the next generation of skilled workers.
With almost one in five 18-24 year olds across Yorkshire not in education, employment or training, the announcement is welcome news for the region.
Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water CEO, said: “Many people may not be aware just what a diverse range of skills we have within the company – from qualified engineers to geologists to our talented operators.
“In fact, we have some of the most skilled colleagues that you’ll find in any industry and it’s so important to us as a business that we look to preserve this specialist knowledge for the future.
“That’s why we are delighted to announce these 160 apprenticeships, it’s great news for young people and for the Yorkshire economy. Ours is a company that invests in its people and, having joined as a graduate myself, I know there are endless opportunities to progress and develop here.”
The latest recruitment drive from Yorkshire Water will be on the back of recruiting 59 apprentices over the past five years.
For information on how to apply, visit www.yorkshirewater.com/careers/apprenticeships.aspx.