Wessex Water has been recognised in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list.

The list is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

It was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

After a tough selection process the most exceptional apprenticeship employers from all of the award categories went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offers apprenticeships.

Wessex Water recently created more than 40 new apprenticeship vacancies in both office-based and technical departments, and the company offers level 2, level 3 and higher level qualifications.

Among its success stories is Ashlea Lane, who joined the company at 16 and was taken from apprenticeship to degree to MBA before being appointed director of supply in 2016.

Becca Thurston, Wessex Water’s apprenticeship manager, said: “We’re thrilled and proud to be included in the Centrica Top 100 list.

“We pride ourselves on offering apprenticeships that are tailor-made to a broad range of different skills and interests – there really is something for everyone here.”

Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “The Top 100 list demonstrates clearly the impact apprentices can have on an organisation.

“Apprentice employers are creating opportunities for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, up to degree level, while working and earning.”