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Young stars making their mark with Viridor

18th March 2016

Twenty-three students from across the UK are learning new skills in green energy, recycling, resources and finance as part of a £1.8bn investment in next generation recycling and energy recovery infrastructure.

Young people from Glasgow to Cardiff are helping deliver the UK’s largest power and plant investment programme over the last five years. This investment strategy is part of the UK’s response to the European Union Circular Economy package, strongly framing the future of resource management around waste reduction, reuse, enhanced recycling and generating decentralised energy from what remains.

Six apprentices are engaged in the Energy Recovery programme including, Mitchel Redworth, 18, who is currently an Operations Apprentice at the Lakeside Energy Recovery Facility near Heathrow. He started his career with Viridor straight after leaving Windsor Boys School with three A levels and said:

“One of my teachers suggested applying for the Lakeside apprenticeship and the more I found out, the more it appealed. Tackling issues such as global warming we need to think about cleaner energy and recycling these are the solutions now and for the future. Knowing that I’m involved in that process and have a career ahead of me in the power industry made it a very attractive option.”

Lucy Metters, 18, is a Recycling Apprentice in Viridor’s Logistics team at West Sussex.  She said:

“I would encourage anyone studying at school or college to think about an apprenticeship, as an alternative to going into further education. I had a set perception of what an apprenticeship might be like, only hearing a little about them however the experiences and learning opportunities on offer to me are tremendous and I can see clearly my path to a successful career.”

Joseph Ashton, 20 Apprentice Maintenance Engineer at Sheffield Glass Recycling facility said:

“I was looking to gain experience in an industry that contributed to something bigger. I wanted to go to University but I also wanted job security and felt the apprenticeship scheme was the right route for me as it allowed hands on experience. I have just started my Higher National Certificate with a view to gaining a University degree in engineering. My future career is clearer as a result.”

Viridor, which is part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, is leading the way in the creation of over 60 apprenticeship schemes, directly helping the UK government realise ambitious targets for achieving a career in UK industry for three million young people by 2020.

Viridor is committed to developing a robust talent pipeline and the flagship educational partnership with the Engineering Development Trust’s ‘Go4SET’ programme is helping to establish long-term productive partnerships with secondary schools in the communities in which Viridor operates showcasing the real world applications for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

Simon Catford, HR and Regulatory Director for Viridor, said:

“Modern apprenticeships offer great opportunities to gain skills, experience and on the job learning. It is essential that we develop a pipeline of talent to equip our business with the skills it needs. Viridor currently has over 20 apprentices working across engineering and transport roles nationwide and we look forward to working with more young people in the coming years.”

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