Viridor has announced that it has more than quadrupled its graduate intake with the development of a scheme designed to attract and retain talent into the waste sector.
The company has welcomed 30 graduates across the newly developed ‘Functional Specialist Programme’ and existing Graduate Management Trainee Scheme, which matches graduates to areas of business growth.
The scheme has given graduates the opportunity to visit a host of Viridor sites to increase their understanding the business and its specialist facilities across the UK.
Commenting on the scheme, Jennie Godfrey, group head of talent at Viridor’s parent company, Pennon, said: Our sector needs to recruit a massive 40% more people than it currently employs by 2027 if it is to fill the expected skills gap.
“We have taken specialised roles, such as in environmental health and safety, to develop future leaders in this space.”
Kate Clemens, group recruitment manager, added: “We are thrilled with the impact the graduates are already having on the business. Each graduate has a development and progression route mapped where they can make a real impact. The project has been so successful that we plan to extend it across the Pennon Group, which includes Viridor and South West Water.”
Viridor said that the success of the scheme, which is open from 1 April to June 1, means the company has ambitious plans for growth, with a further 30 more graduates planned to be recruited in 2019.
Ms Clemens added: “The process begins from the moment our graduates accept their programme offer, including using social media to keep in touch, provide information, including the involvement of our senior managers. This leads in to their two-week induction programme when they start in the business.”