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NI Water Wins Best Apprentice Programme at Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards

09 June 2023 13:14

Irish News Awards  | NI Water News

NI Water has been named the winner of the highly coveted Best Apprentice Programme (Large Business) at the prestigious Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards held at Titanic Belfast. The awards celebrate exceptional companies and organisations focused on their people by recognising excellence in the workplace.

To be shortlisted amongst the best of NI businesses is a phenomenal achievement, and to win, recognises those companies that have created something truly special.

The judges commended NI Water for its strategic use of apprenticeships to address skills shortages, whilst attracting top talent and building their employer brand in an increasingly tight labour market.  

Paula Graham, Head of Culture, Engagement & Learning said:

It’s a tremendous achievement to win the Best Apprenticeship Award against exceptional competition in this category, and well done to all the finalists!

Over the last three years, our Apprentice Academy has gone from strength-to-strength, growing and diversifying into new business areas to support NI Water’s strategic ambitions, whilst adapting to evolving business needs.

Our Academy has provided important employment opportunities for over 100 people and has also supported NI Water’s diversity, inclusion and levelling-up ambitions, creating significant positive cultural change in the organisation.

Our Apprenticeship Strategy is a huge cross functional team effort, so this award belongs to the many hard-working people across our business who make this Academy a great success and to our phenomenal apprentices, higher level apprentices and graduates.”


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Photo Caption: NI Water CEO, Sara Venning collects the award alongside two of NI Water’s third year Water Utility Apprentices, Nicole Feenan and Francis McErlean along with Paula Graham, Head of Culture, Engagement & Learning

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