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West and West Utilities are hiring: The company are offering 25 different apprenticeships to young people who share their ethos

West and West Utilities are hiring: The company are offering 25 different apprenticeships to young people who share their ethos

GAS EMERGENCY and pipeline service, Wales and West Utilities, are set to recruit 25 new apprentices to work across Wales and south-west England.

This influx of new recruits come as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to investing in colleagues to ensure that they have the skills, confidence and innovative thinking to perform their roles impeccably.

It is expected of the new apprentices that they share the company’s drive to continue to deliver excellent customer service whilst maintaining the gas network that serves approximately 7.5 million people across Wales and southwest England.

The newest recruits of Wales and West Utilities will be based across the company’s operating area. The threeyear apprenticeship programme will aid recruits in developing the skills needed to deliver a fast and efficient service.

This year’s recruitment comes after the company took on 22 apprentices back in 2015, pursuing its aim of attracting more young people into the gas industry.

The 2016 intake will focus on the company’s Build and Repair teams that maintain existing gas equipment and lay new gas supply pipes, as well as Mechanical Engineers and Electrical Engineers for Network Services teams who maintain the control systems of the gas network.

The apprenticeship opportunities will be advertised through the company’s website and social media channels as well as through local schools, colleges and Job Centre Plus.

A selection of hopeful applicants will be invited to assessment centres in June, and the successful candidates will start their induction at Wales & West Utilities’ £3m training academy in Treforest, South Wales in September.

Sarah Hopkins, Director of Human Resources at Wales & West Utilities, said: “Designing our business to meet the challenges of the future will make sure that we can continue to keep our customers safe and warm.

“Recruiting the next generation of gas engineers and training them to deliver the highest levels of gas safety is a key part of this.

“We have a reputation for providing outstanding levels of customer service and we are counting on our new recruits to help maintain these levels into the future.”

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, takes pride in serving Wales and the south west of England. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call the service on 0800 111 999.

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Police call for vigilance to report illegal raves

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is asking farmers and local landowners to be on the alert over the next few months for warning signs of any illegal gatherings planned for their land over the summer.

Gatherings – such as illegal raves – can cause considerable anxiety to the community and if they are not dealt with swiftly, they are difficult to stop or otherwise control, due often to the sheer numbers of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up such an event.

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “There is little doubt that these type of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land which has been targeted previously as a suitable venue.

“Farmers, landowners and local communities are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police; this may be an unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks in the locality, illegal trespassers who may be doing ‘recce’ of sites in advance of the event.

“I can assure local communities that Police will take the appropriate action to deter illegal gatherings and deal robustly with any criminal offences discovered or disclosed.”  

Members of the public are also urged to be vigilant of persons who approach landowners or enquiring for land, in the guise of hiring for apparently acceptable activities such as gymkhanas and scouts/guides events.

Please contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.

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Wheelchair-bound man jailed for child sex offences

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A CHILD sex offender from Ystrad Meurig has been jailed despite being wheelchair-bound.

Dean Harper, aged 61, had distributed child pornography and tried to entice a 10-year-old girl into sexually abusing herself and sending him photographs.

Harper, of Sisial y Pin, Ffair Rhos, admitted downloading 317 indecent images of children in the most serious category A, 400 in category B and 500 in C.

He also admitted sending images in all three categories to a third party, all on a single day in October, 2016.

Harper also admitted attempting to incite the girl into sexual activity knowing that she was only 10-years-old.

Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the distribution of the images alerted the police who raided Harper’s home and removed computer equipment.

An examination of his internet activity revealed he had made contact with a girl via social media and swapped messages with her.

The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths told Harper his offending was serious and a jail sentence was inevitable despite his disability.

Harper was jailed for a total of two years and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which will restrict his contact with young people and his internet activity after his release from prison.

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Royals set to visit Ceredigion during summer visit

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AS PART of their annual summer visit to Wales, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Ceredigion next month.

From July 2-6, Charles and Camilla will tour the country, undertaking over 20 engagements across the country.

On July 3, The Prince of Wales will visit Dà Mhìle Distillery, Llandysul, the first organic distillery in the UK approved by the Soil Association, where he was previously gifted the thousandth bottle to be produced by Dà Mhìle.

The Prince of Wales will also visit St. Gwenog’s Church, Llanwenog, and view their unique carvings created by Joseph Reubens, a Belgian World War One refugee. His Royal Highness will also meet members of their local community.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s fourteenth annual Summer visit to Wales will feature celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary of The National Health Service and the marking the 150th anniversary of the Heart of Wales railway line amongst other events.

A Clarence House spokesperson said: “The Prince and The Duchess are really looking forward to their annual summer visit to Wales where they will be celebrating key anniversaries for the National Health Service, the Heart of Wales railway line and the 90th anniversary of Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisation. Their Royal Highnesses relish the opportunity to meet members of the community who are making a difference to Welsh life.”

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