Our commitment to learning and development is clear in our position statement and in our results. In 2013, Veolia was named Vocational Qualifications Employer of the Year for England, with 59% of employees undertaking at least one day’s training (up 2% from 2012) as a result of over £5 million of investment.
Our suite of Back2Business initiatives begins in the community and supports those from marginalised groups. We are particularly proud that our apprenticeship programme helped 354 people gain accredited vocational qualifications in 2013, our highest figure to date. Recruiting apprentices not only offers employment and skills development opportunities to address youth unemployment and skills development at a national level but also helps build an inclusive and innovative business.
Veolia comes out on top
Campus Veolia is our dedicated centre for staff training, learning and development. Upholding our continued commitment to the government’s Skills Pledge, a key focus for the Campus is providing qualifications and training to all Veolia employees.
In 2013, 1,166 employees completed or were in the process of completing a qualification, bringing the total awarded NVQs to date to more than 8,000 employees. We are on track to reach our target of all our 14,000 employees being trained to at least NVQ Level 2 by December 2014.
354 apprentices in placement, against our target of 300
I left school at 17 after deciding that A Levels were not for me. I knew nothing about Veolia until I spotted an advert in a newspaper promoting apprenticeships. I had always wanted to get into engineering.
After a successful interview, I was offered a position on the apprenticeship scheme. My training began with a three-day induction at Campus Veolia, which led straight into two years working at the training facility in Ratcliffe Power Station combined with study at Loughborough College and time on site.
Since starting the scheme I have gained a double distinction in a BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering, a Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 in Electrical Maintenance and I have almost completed my NVQ Level 3. I have enjoyed all aspects of my apprenticeship training, and I am really enjoying my time working with the team and learning new skills.