Yorkshire Water has launched an apprentice drive, which looks set to boost a region plagued by youth unemployment
Yorkshire Water has opened its largest apprenticeship recruitment scheme to date.
Applications are now open for apprentices at Yorkshire Water, who can hope to earn salaries starting above the national apprentice average at £13,000.
In total, the water company has committed to hiring 160 apprentices over the next five years, with the programmes lasting between two to four years.
The company says the skilled recruits will ensure it is prepared for a skills gap, predicted in the utility sector by 2025, partly caused by an ageing workforce.
The launch will be welcomed in the region. Almost one in five (18.3%) 18-24 year olds across Yorkshire are not in education, employment or training (NEETs).
The news positions will include engineering, IT, operational and office based roles.
On top of their salary, recruits will receive 10 free driving lessons and a paid for theory and driving test. The closing date for 2015 applications is the 31 May with successful applicants starting their apprenticeships in September.