YORKSHIRE Water is working in partnership with the Trade Union Congress and trade unions to provide career support and employment to 75 young people, as part of the government’s Kickstart scheme.

The job creation scheme helps 16-25 year olds on universal credit secure fixed term contracts, in order to gain work experience and embark on a potential career. The water company will offer roles across its business, including within its customer experience team, land and property department and flooding resilience team. Every Kickstarter that successfully completes the programme is guaranteed a job interview for a role within the company.

Jenni Morris, chief people officer at YW said: “We’re really excited to welcome 75 fresh new faces into the industry. This scheme has allowed us to provide opportunities to people that might not have crossed our path otherwise.

“Working with TUC and trade unions, we will provide CV workshops, mock interviews and career guidance to those who join Yorkshire Water on the Kickstart scheme.”

Bill Adams from the TUC welcomes the Kickstart scheme from Yorkshire Water. He said: “Young people have been the hardest hit during the pandemic and this scheme will provide excellent work experience and the opportunity to progress in the company for the future. Good training and mentoring by the company and the trades unions is vital to secure the good green jobs of the future and makes sound business sense.”