Give Someone a Start

“We deliver more to our customers than just water and waste water services – we deliver public value.

This can take many forms; from supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic education, to tackling plastic pollution, to opening our sites up to public access and recreation.

We couldn’t do any of it without the right people. Offering work experience opportunities, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce of talented and passionate people and providing them with support to maximise their potential is fundamental to our public value commitment and the future success of our business.”

George Mayhew, Corporate Affairs Director, Thames Water

Sector Utilities
UK Workforce 6,000+
Placement Model Three Week Work Experience including site visit and interview skills workshop
Funding Source Employer Funded

Thames Water believe their people are the difference that will make them the best in the industry. Their customers and colleagues have a diverse range of backgrounds, beliefs and customs. They can serve customers, support colleagues and work better together through a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce with employees who feel pride in working for an organisation that encourages, supports and respects individual differences, valuing and including everyone.

In addition to Thames Water being a Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, they are proud of their award-winning ‘Give Someone A Start’ work experience programme and mentoring circles, inspiring and supporting members of our community, including young people, to secure meaningful employment opportunities. 

The mission of Movement to Work to unlock potential, break the vicious cycle of ‘no experience – no job’ and provide unemployed young people with life changing opportunities, resonates which is why they are delighted to become partners.

Thames water Case Study

Gareth’s Story

Gareth  has gone from being nervous and unemployed to a confident member of the IT service desk team after being offered a role at the end of a three-week work experience scheme at Thames Water.

Gareth had a passion for technology so we partnered him with the Digital department over three weeks – here’s what Gareth said about the Give Someone A Start scheme.

“I enjoyed the opportunities presented to me by Thames Water, as I was able to shadow a Solution Architect and meet many people with different roles within the company. At first I was nervous given I knew little about the roles I was observing, but over time I learned what each role entailed and I began to develop my communication skills further which helped me feel more confident in myself.”

During the three weeks Gareth also took the opportunity to visit one of the sewage treatment works, learning more about the critical services Thames Water provide each day for customers. The resourcing team also took the time to work on CV writing and interview skills with those on the scheme.

On the last day Gareth shared with what he had learned and was delighted to accept a role working for the Service Desk.

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