HomeServe launches plumbing apprenticeship programme
Posted 24 August 2015 4:23 PM by John Greaves
Leading national home assistance provider and one of the UK’s largest employers of plumbers, HomeServe Membership, has launched a new apprenticeship programme, recruiting 17 plumbing apprentices, with the potential to expand the scheme across other areas of its business in the future.
Over 350 candidates from the 16-24 age bracket, which has been previously hit hard by unemployment, applied for the 17 positions.
The apprentices will now undertake a two year training programme in partnership with Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated Walsall College to achieve a Level Two Plumbing qualification.
Based in the South East, South West and East Anglia, the apprentices will be supported by a network of HomeServe engineers who will act as mentors and help facilitate ‘on the job’ training. Each mentor will also receive a TAQA coaching qualification, helping with their career progression.
Martin Bennett, CEO, HomeServe Membership, said; “We are working hard to ensure we put our Customers at the heart of everything we do, and it’s fantastic to welcome our new plumbing apprentices to be part of our ongoing journey.
“With the launch of our apprenticeship programme, we are clearly committed to offering a leading service through further expanding our national network of engineers to help us to continue to deliver an effortless Customer experience.”
Walsall College’s Business Sales Manager, Helen Bosworth said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with HomeServe to support their business objectives and help aspiring plumbers take their first step on the career ladder.
“Apprenticeships provide young people with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and real work experience that will lead to greater employment prospects in the future, and are also a fantastic way for businesses to develop new talent and pass their knowledge on to the next generation of workers.”
HomeServe has also launched a new ‘careers hub’, http://www.homeserve.com/uk/careers-hub, which has around 45 jobs available at our Walsall HQ, Preston and Banbury sites, as well as field-based gas engineers.