Job and training opportunities with utilities body

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WIGAN’S jobseekers could be given a huge boost as a utility company gets set to take on hundreds of new staff members.

United Utilities’ newly launched major recruitment drive will see the company employ up to 40 apprentices each year until 2015 to help deliver a record-breaking £3.6bn programme to improve the region’s water and wastewater network.

A variety of roles across Manchester are on offer for new recruits from school leaving age and above including opportunities to work out in the field as engineers, in the labs as scientists and as process controllers at treatment works.

The company is also committed to taking on at least 15 university graduate engineers each year until 2015 for roles in process engineering, civil engineering, landscape architecture and mechanical engineering.

Steve Fraser, United Utilities’ Managing Director of Operations, said: “We are taking on a new crop of talented people to help us meet the challenges of the future.

“It’s an exciting prospect for jobseekers and for our whole organisation. United Utilities is delivering a huge investment programme for the North West’s water infrastructure and we need ambitious engineers and scientists to help us meet the challenges that lie ahead. It’s essential that we nurture burgeoning talent so that we always have a new generation ready to pick up the baton when experienced colleagues retire from the company.”

UU participates in a number of schemes which are aimed at bringing engineering to life for secondary school and Sixth Form students. For apprentice or graduate role details visit