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United Utilities apprentices - Thomas Aitchison, Paul Chapman, Myles Levi and Matthew Jones
United Utilities apprentices - Thomas Aitchison, Paul Chapman, Myles Levi and Matthew Jones

A QUARTET of young workers from Wigan have landed roles on one of the region’s most sought after training schemes.

Paul Chapman and Matthew Jones, from Wigan, Myles Levi from Lowton and Thomas Aitchison from Up Holland have all started apprentice positions with United Utilities (UU).

The hard-working four rose to the top of thousands of hopefuls to join the water company that is one the country’s leading companies in terms of its apprenticeship training and is part of the FTSE 100.

Myles, 16, and Thomas, 18, will train as apprentice scientists while Paul, 21, and Matthew, 22, will work in the IT department.

Myles, who was attracted to the apprenticeship programme for a chance to work in a big company, said: “I feel proud to have been accepted as there were many people who applied. The chemistry really appeals to me as it is very interesting.

Thomas said: “I applied because UU is a company which works in a scientific field, which I am passionate about. Also, it has a great reputation.”

The Wigan lads will join the more than 5,000 staff working around the clock at UU who keep taps flowing and toilets flushing for the seven million people of the North West.

Managing director Steve Fraser said: “We had thousands of applicants and conducted hundreds of interviews. I’m incredibly proud of all of our apprentices and they have a vital role to play in the future success of United Utilities.

“Our company has a top talent scheme and many apprentices and graduates stay with us long after their training has finished.”

More than 30 new apprentices and 23 university graduates will start their careers with the company this month in a range of roles encompassing IT, finance, science and engineering.

Part of their roles will be to help deliver a record-breaking five year £3.5bn investment programme to improve the North West’s water and wastewater network and improve the environment.