Award-winning apprentice for Portsmouth!

Veolia Environmental Services are celebrating an award-winning apprentice, following a ceremony at Loughborough College, where Mark Jennings received the accolade for ‘Mechanical and Electrical Power Student of the Year’.

Mark, aged 23 and a resident of Southampton, is nearly halfway through a four-year apprenticeship at Portsmouth’s iconic Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). Mark has a family connection with the industry, with an uncle already working as a shift team leader at the Marchwood facility near Southampton.

Mark applied through Veolia’s apprentice scheme, which will see him receive a certificate and diploma. “I hope this award, alongside my apprenticeship will help me get a permanent role in engineering. This scheme is giving me the skills that I can use anywhere in the power industry, but I really enjoy working for Veolia.”

Ben Slater, Regional Managing Director for Veolia, said: “We offer our congratulations to Mark in his success achieving this award. Our apprentice scheme runs across the country, but we are proud to have a worker of Mark’s calibre here in Hampshire.”

Mark’s award was presented by Jitu Choudhury, governor of Loughborough College, with a trophy, toolkit and a multimeter – an essential piece of kit for anyone working in the electrical industry.

Charlie Winterburn, Facility Manager at the Portsmouth ERF said: “We don’t see enough young people entering the engineering industry, so I’m a great supporter of apprenticeship schemes, like the one that Veolia operates.” If you know of anyone aged 16 and over who may be interested in joining one of Veolia's apprenticeship schemes across the UK, please contact us by email to jenny.mountford@veolia.co.uk.