Green Apprenticeships will help company meet carbon neutral pledge

THE theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week was ‘build the future’ and Warrington based water company United Utilities is creating 30 Green Apprenticeships, to help achieve its plans to go carbon neutral by the end of this decade.

The first water company to be given the gold standard stamp of approval for science-based carbon targets wants more apprentices to join its award winning scheme and this year is taking on a record number, with almost 80 opportunities, with many roles playing a key role in helping to make the North West greener, by focusing on reducing carbon emissions or making environmental improvements.

Julie McGovern, Head of People at United Utilities said: “It’s a unique and exciting time to be joining us. We have pledged to reduce emissions and reach Net Zero by 2030 and we need to ensure we make existing apprenticeships greener and identify new apprenticeships in emerging green occupations.

“Creating jobs and skills to support our journey is vital and our award-winning apprenticeship programme will play a key role in helping us meet our aspirations.”

United Utilities, who provide water and wastewater services to 7 million customers across the North West, pledged to reach “Net Zero” by 2030.

This includes planting one million trees, switching the company’s entire fleet of vehicles to run on electricity or alternative fuel and restoring 1,000 hectares of internationally important peat bog, which is perfect for capturing carbon.

The company has already met the first milestone in its ambitious plan and is delivering all water and wastewater services using only green electricity.

With Green Apprenticeship roles ranging from scientists, fleet technicians and engineers, they will help keep up the momentum as the company focuses on new innovations in its operations, fleet, land and supply chain to improve the environment.

“The opportunities at United Utilities are endless. Our apprenticeships are open to all, whether you’re fresh out of school or college, starting your work journey later in life or wanting to switch jobs paths.

“We’re also recognised for our approach to gender equality and diversity in the workplace. There really are no limits and as green issue become more and more important across apprenticeships and the wider world of work, I look forward to seeing our new recruits contributing to a greener future”, added Julie.

To apply for an apprenticeship, visit www.unitedutilities.com/apprenticeships

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