Over 350 candidates aged 18-24 applied for the 17 positions following a national recruitment drive. The college supported HomeServe to facilitate a two day recruitment event in London where the hopefuls were assessed and interviewed to determine their suitability for the role.
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. We have been supporting our local Walsall community for over 20 years, so it is fantastic to be working with Walsall College to help support our programme, especially given its ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted credentials.”
Business Sales Manager at Walsall College, Helen Bosworth, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with HomeServe to support their business objectives and help young people 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.”
Published on Sep 02nd 2015