Water company successes at National Apprenticeship Awards

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Water company successes at National Apprenticeship Awards
Heeran Basi from Severn Trent Water wins the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award

Heeran Basi, an apprentice engineer at Severn Trent Water has been named as Advanced Apprentice of the Year and Wessex Water was named on the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list at the National Apprenticeship Awards last night.

Now in their 14th year, the Awards are run by the National Apprenticeship Service. They recognise excellence in both businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices, and in apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces. The awards ceremony was held on 18 January 2018 at Grosvenor House in London.

Winner of the Advanced Apprentice Award, sponsored by PeoplePlus, 21-year-old Heeran Basi from Derby, is carrying out an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering – Instrumentation, Control & Automation with Severn Trent. Heeran has combined his qualifications with on-the job training to learn the key skills and behaviours that will make him an asset to the company.

On a day-to-day basis, Heeran shadows experienced engineers to learn the key skills required to complete the role independently and helps the business with the recruitment of new apprentices. Accepting his award, he said: “I have been able to tailor my apprenticeship to suit my aspirations and provide me with all the tools I need to achieve my goals.”

Wessex Water was named as one of the country’s most exceptional apprenticeship employers and selected for the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list. The list is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service to recognise excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The Top 100 list demonstrates clearly the impact apprentices can have on an organisation. Apprentice employers are creating opportunities for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, up to degree level, while working and earning.”

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Anne Milton added: (the awards) “highlight how apprenticeships are a great route into skilled employment for people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Ashlea Lane Wessex Water
Among Wessex Water’s apprentice success stories is Ashlea Lane, who joined the company at 16 and progressed to degree and MBA level before being appointed director of supply in 2016

Wessex Water recently created more than 40 new apprenticeship vacancies in both office-based and technical departments, and the company offers level 2, level 3 and higher level qualifications.

Becca Thurston, Wessex Water’s apprenticeship manager, said: “We’re thrilled and proud to be included in the Centrica Top 100 list. We pride ourselves on offering apprenticeships that are tailor-made to a broad range of different skills and interests – there really is something for everyone here.”