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Date 22 Feb 2007

Young job seekers are being given the chance of a place on a new apprenticeship programme launched by Northumbrian Water. The £680,000 scheme announced today, guarantees a local job at the end of a successful four-year training programme with earnings starting at more than £10,977 and rising to more than £19,000. Northumbrian Water will also put the electrician and fitter apprentices through an intensive driving course and unique training at both college and on the job – bespoke to the company and the water industry.

Kevin Rowan, Northern Regional Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, said: "This is a tremendous opportunity for young people in the North East to gain first class training from one of the region's leading companies. Northumbrian Water are to be commended for their commitment, not only in developing and investing in an excellent apprentice training scheme but also for guaranteeing jobs to the successful candidates."

Apprentices will start in September 2007. They will study qualifications to ONC and NVQ level 3 full time at college for the first year and then on day release for the remaining years alongside on-the-job real work experience.

Diane Morton, Northumbrian Water's Director of Human Resources said: "This leading apprenticeship scheme is one of a number of important programmes within Northumbrian Water focussed on developing the skills of our people and providing them with recognition and accreditation.”

Details for applicants are available on the web at and the closing date is 21 March.

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