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United Utilities recognised as Top 100 apprenticeship employer

United Utilities has been announced as one of the top employers of apprentices in the UK alongside globally recognised brands such as Virgin Media, Barclays Bank, and others.

The prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, recognises exceptional contribution in businesses that employ apprentices. There are currently over 250,000 businesses in the UK who run apprenticeship schemes.

To find out more about United Utilities Apprenticeship scheme, please visit

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