Scottish Water to put 1,000 apprentices at forefront of transformation plans

Scottish Water green graduate, Freya Chapman

APPRENTICES will be ‘essential’ in making Scottish Water greener and fit for future generations, the utility firm has said.

Over 1,000 new starts are set to help the firm and its partner organisations undertake a period of works spanning six years, with an optional six-year extension.

Scottish Water said the initiative will ‘maximise’ collaboration and consistency between partner organisations and help to meet net zero emissions targets, efficiency and supply chain support.

Work will include refurbishment and replacement of treatment plants and networks. This will cover mechanical, electrical, engineering, civil engineering, construction and maintenance services across Scotland.

Mark Dickson, Scottish Water’s director of capital investment, said, “These young people will play a vital role in ensuring we deliver our ambitious plans for the next decade and beyond. They will bring a range of skills to help us achieve the change needed on the scale and speed to meet the challenge of providing services the public expect and rely on, while also addressing the impact that  a changing  climate has on our natural resources and infrastructure.

“Everyone who takes part will be pivotal in helping us reach our Route to Net Zero and, hopefully, in decades to come to be experts in the water industry serving a flourishing Scotland. We wanted to ensure our major programme of work for the next few years had a specific focus on delivering skills and development opportunities for young people as we transform how we operate, and we look forward to working with them to help  develop the essential skills for the water industry and beyond.”