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Seven of the eight new apprentices Amey apprentices and teaching staff.
04 December 2019 | Updated 06 December 2019

Amey is working with Severn Trent to deliver a new apprenticeship programme, while ABM UK kicked off year three of their Junior Engineering Engagement Programme.

The Amey/Severn Trent arrangement aims to address a key skills gap in the water industry. The Water Process Technician Apprenticeship is being delivered in partnership with national training provider Merit Skills and has been developed in response to a lack of skills coming through at entry level roles. Amey is the first Tier 1 contractor to offer a programme of this type.

Apprentices will be taught the technical expertise, knowledge and behaviours to perform reactive and routine maintenance across the sewerage network. Once complete, applicants will gain a nationally recognised Level 3 standard.

The 24-month programme forms part of Amey’s long term apprentice strategy, will see students working closely with Amey’s supply chain partners.


ABM UK takes the J.E.E.P. to 250 new students

The end of November saw ABM UK, kick off year three of its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P.). The programme aims to tackle misperceptions amongst children and their parents of the facilities management industry and create a pipeline of future technical talent.

The third year will build on the success of the programme which has been delivered by ABM and partners to over 280 students since 2017. In addition to this figure, the J.E.E.P. Teacher Pack has also been downloaded by thousands of teachers for self-delivery.



When asked about the gender perception in the FM industry following her participation in J.E.E.P., one female student said, “At first I thought that facilities management sounded like a boys’ job. However, after doing the sessions I really enjoyed it and would love a job in it! It’s definitely not a gender specific job!”.

Supported by education delivery partner, The Transformation Trust, ABM UK will take the immersive programme into twelve new schools, reaching new students in London, Leeds, Manchester and Bradford. Running from November 2019 to March 2020,.

Year three will see over 250 budding engineers participate in the programme.

ABM UK director, Adam Baker, says: “The past two years have been a huge success, going from 32 students in year one to over 250 in year three is fantastic. Targeting schools in ‘opportunity areas’ has been a huge focus - we want to ensure all young people have the same opportunities to learn about the variety of paths to success available to them - university is not the only way!”

Baker continued: “Research from final module surveys revealed that there was a 14% increase in students considering engineering and facilities management as a career and a 24% rise in the understanding and importance of apprenticeships."


Amy on Amey

Amy Barber, Apprentice Programme Manager at Severn Trent Water commented "We are really pleased that our supply chain is utilising the apprenticeship standards developed by our industry for our industry - to increase the number of competent people joining our sector. This will help address the skills shortage we all face and will ensure a sustainable network for the future, as well as delivering great service for our customers."


Picture: Seven of the eight new apprentices Amey apprentices and teaching staff.


Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 04 December 2019


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