Top plumbing company hires new apprentices

jpns-02-09-15 biz LEAD homeserve''HomeServe launches plumbing apprenticeship programme.''Home assistance provider enhances its plumbing and drainage offer with the recruitment of 17 new plumbing apprentices''caption: HomeServe Membership CEO (front and right) Martin Bennett, with some of HomeServe Membership's new apprentice plumbers''From: "Stella Pitt" <Stella.Pitt@homeserve.com>
jpns-02-09-15 biz LEAD homeserve''HomeServe launches plumbing apprenticeship programme.''Home assistance provider enhances its plumbing and drainage offer with the recruitment of 17 new plumbing apprentices''caption: HomeServe Membership CEO (front and right) Martin Bennett, with some of HomeServe Membership's new apprentice plumbers''From: "Stella Pitt" <Stella.Pitt@homeserve.com>
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One of the UK’s largest employers of plumbers has launched a new apprenticeship programme, recruiting 17 plumbing apprentices.

HomeServe had more than 350 applicants for the 17 positions, all from people aged between 16 and 24 who were previously unemployed.

The company which covers most of the South of England will send its new apprentices on a two-year training course at the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated Walsall College, helping them gain a Level Two plumbing qualification.

The apprentices will be supported by a network of HomeServe engineers who will act as mentors and help facilitate on the job training.

CEO of HomeServe, Martin Bennett 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. ‘

Mr Bennett hopes that the new batch of apprentices will help HomeServe to continue delivering an effortless customer experience.

Each mentor employed by the company will also receive a TAQA coaching qualification, helping with them with their own career progression.

Alongside the apprentices, the mentors will work closely with the staff at the college, ensuring everyone gets the best out of the working partnership.

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.

‘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.’

In partnership of the apprenticeship scheme, HomeServe has launched a new career hub with offers of more than 40 new jobs.