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Jobs boost in UK water sector

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Thames Water plans to recruit more than 1,000 people in the next 12 months after launching an ambitious recruitment programme to create jobs and boost access to careers in the water industry.
The company has employed more than 750 new starters since the beginning of the pandemic and plans to upskill people who are out of work due to COVID-19, helping to increase social mobility in London and the Thames Valley.
Thames Water will triple its apprenticeship offer, support 50 unemployed young people as part of the government’s Kickstart Scheme and launch sector work-based academies in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
These opportunities are in addition to the wide-range of jobs available at UK’s biggest water company, covering areas including customer service, operations, digital, HR, finance and innovation.
Sarah Bentley, Thames Water CEO, said: “The ongoing pandemic means it’s a really tough situation for many people who have lost their jobs and are looking for work. In these difficult times, reaching out to areas of society who have been most affected is the right thing to do.
“We know having a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce benefits our customers, communities and business. I’m proud of what we’ve done already as an essential service to help those in need and we will continue to create many more opportunities for people to build their careers at Thames Water to help us achieve our plans.”
Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP added: “It’s great to see our Plan for Jobs supported by Thames Water in looking to recruit more than 1,000 jobseekers – giving those who have lost jobs in the pandemic a route back into work by offering them industry experience and training so they can thrive in progressive careers.
“I encourage more employers to use a mixture of our DWP schemes, from Kickstart to the Sector-based Work Academy Programme and apprenticeships, which are all vital to spurring on our economic recovery and helping people of all ages as we build back better.”