Supporting new colleagues and the community through our Apprenticeship Development Scheme

16th January 2024

At Morrison Water Services, we’re committed to creating opportunities to develop and retain the next generation of highly skilled, forward-thinking, and technically minded people.

We are extremely proud of our 27 apprentices, made up of colleagues from our contracts across the UK, who have completed our Apprenticeship Development Scheme (ADS), after beginning the scheme in 2022.

Our ADS aims to provide our apprentices with additional development opportunities alongside their official apprenticeship standard.

Our ADS course begins with an induction, followed by five sessions, undertaken over the course of 12-18 months. With a dynamic mix of virtual and in-person sessions, the scheme gives our apprentices a chance to develop their soft- skills, gain confidence and network with other colleagues, alongside providing our leadership team with an opportunity to identify strengths, opportunities to support our apprentices and identify future talent who can progress within the business.

As part of the ADS programme, our apprentices plan and run a community project, giving them a chance to get to know the communities in which they work, alongside an opportunity for us to support local charities and our Environmental, Sustainability and Govenance (ESG) agenda.

With each team presenting their community project to members of the MWS leadership team, our apprentices can showcase their hard work and reflect on what they have learnt throughout the scheme.

We are delighted to celebrate the winning projects from each cohort:

1) The first winners were Tom Davies, Matt Hill, Joe Colclough and Dylan Sanderson, who chose to support Inspired Day Care, a community respite service in Doncaster. The centre offers fantastic facilities, and as part of the project, the team helped enhance this, by building some outdoor picnic benches for the centre.

2) The second Cohort winners were Team One, made up of Vasim Sheth, Joe Caplin and Bradley Wilson, who worked with a local food bank, Preston Hub, to raise awareness of the fantastic work the food bank does in the community and worked to increase donations.

3) The third Cohort winners were Simon Warren, James Evans and Matt Mckie, who supported The Bulldogs Community, a gym in Port Talbot, which works to support the community through sporting and exercise activities, particularly focusing on young people and their families.

Following the completion of the ADS and their apprenticeships, our colleagues have the opportunity to advance into a range of roles, from operatives to team leader/supervisor positions. At MWS, we’re committed to supporting our people and finding ways to develop them through a carefully planned career path and development opportunities.

Speaking on the importance of our ADS programme, Lawrence Summers, Executive Director at Morrison Water Services, said: “This is a great opportunity for our apprentices to showcase their skills and talent while building strong relationships with the community on initiatives that are important, in particular those that they can relate to or are close to their hearts.”

We would like to congratulate all of our apprentices on their hard work and for completing the scheme.

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