You're hired: Veolia's apprentices are looking towards a bright future

Two young Hampshire apprentices are celebrating the successful completion of the academic stage of their apprenticeship with the UK’s leading waste management companies, Veolia Environmental Services. Sean Speirs and Simon Hordell, will be awarded a certificate to mark their completion of the NVQ level 3 in their Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme at a ceremony early this year.

Sean Speirs, 20, is based at Veolia Environmental Services’ Energy Recovery Facility in Portsmouth. For him, the best part of the scheme has been meeting so many new people, all of whom are keen to help him with his apprenticeship.  Sean says he would definitely recommend the scheme as it is a great way to pick up qualifications and on-the-job skills.

Portsmouth apprentice Sean said: “It has improved my career prospects a great deal, giving me qualifications and experience that will stay with me and help me throughout my life.” Sean has recently accepted a position at Veolia’s Newhaven facility.

Simon Hordell, based at Marchwood ERF near Southampton, was proud to be chosen as the first apprentice for the facility in his home town. He knew it would give him great training, in a varied course taking him to a range of places. His favourite part was working at Marchwood, where he gained his NVQ.

Marchwood apprentice Simon said: “The apprenticeship has provided me with the skills and qualifications to be offered a job working at Newhaven ERF, which I’m very grateful for. Working there is the next step in my future with Veolia.”

But the hard work isn’t quite over for the apprentices, who started back in 2007: they still have a year of on-site learning to complete before they fully achieve their apprenticeships.  They are looking to Veolia for their future. 

Apprenticeship manager, Jenny Mountford added:  “Veolia’s apprentice scheme offers on-the-job training and qualifications in a growing industry.  These young people will find their new skills are much in demand throughout their careers.”