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Apprentices – Applications open until 31st Jan

Water is about harnessing potential.

It’s about exploring new opportunities. Rethinking how things are done. And training the talent of the future.

That’s why we work hard to design worthwhile apprenticeship schemes. They offer people like you the chance to gain skills, qualifications and experience as part of a team in a paid role within the business.

We believe these schemes are unique. And what makes them so is our total commitment to providing the development you need so you can make a real difference throughout your career with us.

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Our schemes

An apprenticeship is the best of both worlds – an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earn a competitive salary without missing out on the chance to study (debt-free) for useful qualifications.

Our apprenticeships vary in terms of duration, salaries and the qualifications you’ll gain – but they all give you the chance to get your career with us off to a flying start.

If you’re not sure where your skills would best fit, why not try our quick quiz below? It will help you work out which of our apprenticeships will be the best match for you.

What we look for

We look for people who’ll enjoy learning whilst taking on a job with real responsibilities. In terms of the specific entry requirements, these vary but we mostly look for people with five GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths.

What’s in it for you?

An apprenticeship with us is an opportunity to develop new skills by taking on real responsibilities. You’ll work alongside and learn from experienced colleagues as well as getting classroom-based training to support everything you do in your role.

We’ll pay you a salary and cover all your course fees too. The qualifications our apprentices study for vary from role to role but they’re all nationally recognised – you could even achieve a degree.

Being a successful utilities company takes lots of different people, all working hard to keep our water clean and readily available for our customers. That’s why we’re so passionate about recognising and rewarding the great work they do.

FAQs

Our apprentices take on real responsibilities, learning from experienced colleagues and getting classroom-based training to support everything they do in their job. You’ll get paid a salary and we cover all the course fees too. The qualifications our apprentices study for vary from role to role but they’re all nationally recognised.

This varies depending on the role. To give you an example, on our 3-4 year Maintenance or Asset Technician Apprenticeship, most of the first year is spent at a fully-expensed residential college, Monday to Friday.

Most of our Apprentices travel to college on Sunday evenings and then leave Friday should they wish to. However, they can stay at the college accommodation if preferred.

And if you join us on our 18-24 month Water Network Technician Apprenticeship, you'll start straight out in the business, but will spend one week in four at a residential training centre (block release training).

All our apprentices get to meet like-minded people and build their knowledge, spending time at college to reinforce their on-the-job learning.

If our apprentices pass their programme and show us they have what it takes to do well in their day-to-day role, you'll be invited to take on a full-time role with us. The learning won’t end there though. We’re passionate about developing our people so we invest in your training and development throughout their careers.

There are lots and lots of reasons why people do apprenticeships with us, including to gain real-life practical experience – and to be paid for it, excellent training and the opportunity to study for a professional qualification without getting into debt.

To apply for an Apprenticeship position, you'll need to upload an up to date version of your CV, along with a cover letter. There will also be a series of questions that you need to answer on our online questionnaire.

After the closing deadline has past, our in-house recruitment team will begin shortlisting candidates. Following this, you may be invited to carry out an online ability test that consists of mechanical reasoning and numerical comprehension.

At this stage, if you require any reasonable adjustments please contact us as soon as possible at earlycareers@anglianwater.co.uk, we're here to support you and ensure you do your best!

1. Application Process - uploading your CV & cover letter
2. Shortlisting - Carried out by our in house recruitment team
3. Online Test - Numerical and Mechanical
4. Interview with hiring manager - A chance to meet your potential new manager
5. Online Assessment Centre - Get to know us some more and meet like minded candidates, bring your A game as we'll be looking at what you can bring to the role
6. Outcome - we'll let you know the outcome no matter what. You can also request feedback if unsuccessful as we appreciate the time you have invested in our application process.

Well done, you've made it to interview stage! This means the hiring manager would like to invite you to a virtual interview to get know you some more. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet us and find out more about Anglian Water.

If you're successful after interview stage, the final stage is a virtual assessment centre which takes half a day. These sessions are designed to showcase your potential, bring the role to life and enable you to engage with other candidates and managers.

If you're invited to an online assessment centre but don't feel you have the right technology to attend, please don't let this put you off. You can get in contact with us at earlycareers@anglianwater.co.uk and will find a solution for you.

We're here to help you every step of the way!

To start an apprenticeship with us, you’ll need to be:

-16 or over
-not in full-time education

As well as the above, you’ll ideally have a full UK driving license (or be working towards gaining one from your 17th Birthday) along with living approximately 30-40 minutes from the area.

Our Apprenticeships start August & September 2021

Benefits

We’re committed to supporting the learning and development of our people. We ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful and achieve their potential. It’s why we offer a flexible package of benefits, including these:

Hear from our apprentices

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Adam
Information Services Degree Apprentice
Joshua
Asset Technician Apprentice
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Brianika
Leakage Technician Apprentice
Lucy
Operational Technology Field Apprentice
Adam
Information Services Degree Apprentice

“Anglian Water first stood out to me because it’s rated the best company to work for in the UK. It felt like the kind of place I could see myself staying at for a long time and progressing, rather than just a stepping stone. It’s proven to be everything I thought and more.

I’m undertaking a Digital and Technology Degree Apprenticeship, which means I’m also going to Aston University alongside working.

“My apprenticeship has been highly rewarding – you can learn in a way that suits you, while exploring different business areas.”

My first placement is with the Digital Services team who develop solutions to tackle problems and make improvements within the business. They’ve given me real responsibility from day one. In fact, I’ve been asked to research DevSecOps and how Anglian Water could progress with it.

The business always supports us with workshops, courses and activities to ensure we’re getting a valuable experience. They understand that apprentices are important – bringing fresh minds full of potential allows Anglian Water to continue being innovative.”

Joshua
Asset Technician Apprentice

Bio coming soon!

Brianika
Leakage Technician Apprentice

“I’m a Leakage Technician Apprentice currently undertaking a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. It’s been a really good stepping stone for progression within Anglian Water.

Day-to-day, I help to spot potential leakages in our network before they’re visible or cause a disruption to customers. I’ve been given a lot of training with our equipment, so I use those and our resources to complete my tasks. It feels good to know we’re helping customers out.

 “Anglian Water is helping me to build a lifetime career.”

My manager, in particular, has always been there to push me in the right direction and has encouraged me to sign up for courses I’m interested in. The business wants you to learn beyond your job and develop. In fact, one of my proudest moments to date was being given the chance to be on the Future Leaders Board at Anglian Water.

Anglian Water is like a big family – there’s always someone there if you need help. Every day is interesting, rewarding and challenging (in a good way!).”

Lucy
Operational Technology Field Apprentice

I had heard lots of great things about Anglian Water. When leaving school, I knew that I wanted to do an apprenticeship with a reputable company that was going to give me great opportunities long term and that’s exactly what Anglian Water has done.

I am an Operational Technology Field Apprentice working within the Operational Technology Department. My role enables me to support and monitor the telemetry networks that control operational processes within the business to ensure they run as smoothly as possible. 

Having a passion for electrical engineering and networking will benefit you in this role.

However, I started my apprenticeship having done a GCSE in Electronic Products and knew very little about networking and I have enjoyed my time in my apprenticeship, learning lots of new things along the way. Anglian Water are always supportive in any courses or workshops that you want to get involved in.

After my apprenticeship, I plan to continue in my role within Anglian Water to gain a deeper knowledge of the telemetry networks. Eventually, I would like to do an Electrical Engineering HNC to further my studies and have a broad range of knowledge.

My advice for someone applying for an apprenticeship at Anglian Water would be to just be yourself! Show a willingness to learn and grow within your role. Anglian Water don’t always want the best but someone who has a positive attitude for new opportunities and shows good potential.

The best thing about my role is that I am able to earn while I learn and cease new opportunities to progress within the company.

My job is stimulating and challenging which gives great variety in what I do from day-to-day. No two days are the same!

Health and safety is paramount at Anglian Water and this has certainly been reflected during the Coronavirus pandemic. I was asked to stay home during the first lockdown but on return to work I have felt safe and supported in the decisions I have taken to keep myself well and healthy at work. Regular business bulletins have helped me to stay up to date with the changes that are being made across the business.