Thousands of young hopefuls were no match for Morecambe teenager James Ashworth, who has been named one of 31 apprentices to be snapped up by United Utilities.
The firm has offered the 19-year-old a sought-after place on one of its training schemes and he’ll take up an apprenticeship in water network operations.
New careers in IT, finance, science and engineering are being created by the company, where 5,000 staff work to keep the taps flowing and toilets flushing for seven million people in the north west.
The apprenctice will help to deliver a record-breaking five-year £3.5bn investment programme, which is aimed at improving the region’s water and wastewater network and help the environment.
United Utilities was highly-commended as an apprentice employer in the regional National Apprenticeship Awards 2013, which took place earlier this month in Manchester.
Managing director Steve Fraser said United Utilities had a top talent scheme and many apprentices and graduates stayed with the company long after their training had finished.
The company provides several apprenticeship places each year and, for the first time in 2013, included career pathways in IT and project delivery.