Edward meets apprentices from Severn Trent Water's award winning scheme

Edward has met with local Severn Trent Water apprentices, and Severn Trent CEO Liv Garfield, at an event in Parliament to highlight the value and importance of apprenticeships as a route into an engineering career, and the company's award-winning apprenticeship scheme.

Severn Trent Water, a FTSE100 company which serves 4.4 million customers across the Midlands and in north and mid-Wales, offers apprentices the opportunity to combine hands-on experience with study, while earning a competitive salary. Last year Severn Trent took on 61 new apprentices after a highly competitive process, which saw more than 3000 applications for the roles. The company is investing around £1.2 million each year to develop regional skills through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Edward said: "Apprenticeships give people the opportunity to earn money whilst training and developing vital skills, and they also provide fantastic benefits to businesses. I want to see more young people, regardless of background, getting in engineering - and apprenticeships offer a great route to that. It was a pleasure to meet such an enthusiastic and welcoming group of apprentices from Severn Trent's award-winning scheme. I would urge anyone interested in a career in engineering to have a look at Severn Trent's website to learn more about the scheme."