Northumbrian Water has received a record number of applications for its apprenticeship programme.

More than 30 apprenticeship roles were announced on February 5, during National Apprenticeship Week, marking the highest number of roles ever offered by the water company.

The response to it has been 'unprecedented', with the company receiving more than 800 applications in just one week.

The positions, spanning maintenance, water, people, customer and labs, range from Level 3 advanced apprenticeships to Level 6 degree apprenticeships.

All trainees will be provided with a business mentor and an extensive development programme.

Northumbrian Water's people development specialist, Niamh Jones, said: "It’s an exciting time for the water industry as we are offering the highest ever number of apprenticeship roles we have ever advertised and in a such a diverse range of roles.

“It's also important to recognise that apprenticeship programmes aren't just for school leavers because they can be used to help people take invaluable new steps in their careers, no matter what age they are, so we would recommend anyone who is considering an apprenticeship to apply.”

Due to the variety of roles, the application window is brief, closing at midnight on February 18.

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