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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.

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 check out our job descriptions below? It will help you work out which of our apprenticeships will be the best match for you.

AI Digital Apprentice

On our exciting Level 4 Digital Apprenticeship programme you’ll work alongside an experienced team, utilising new technologies that will make a real difference in the business as well as attending the College of West Anglia on day release. Working at the heart of our digital transformation, you’ll help facilitate the delivery of business-critical information whilst being supported by digital experts across our business.  

This apprenticeship will enable you to understand how we work and operate and suggest recommendations on how to improve current processes. You will also undertake data analysis to provide insights into how we operate, develop bespoke programmes and apps to help improve efficiency, work on innovative solutions to complex problems, work with GIS (Arc, Hexagon, MapInfo) and SAP as well as learning to generate reports and present data to a variety of audiences for practical business use.  

Leakage Field Technician Apprentice

Through a combination of classroom study, exciting on-the-job training and support from an experienced mentor and team, our Leakage Field Technician Apprenticeship will support you to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. This programme is a modular course lasting two years, which will gain you a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Water Engineering: Leakage Technician.  

You’ll be part of a critical team who leads the way in leakage detection to ensure we reduce the time, cost and disruption for our customers and the environment. We use a range of traditional and up to date IT based leakage equipment and techniques to help us detect leaks in our water network, they dramatically reduce bursts and therefore minimise disruption to our customers.  

Asset Technician Apprentice

On this 2-3 year programme, you will work achieve your Level 3 Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician (Electromechanical) Apprenticeship Standard. Throughout the majority of your first year, you will be based at a fully expensed residential college in Grantham where you will build your knowledge of instrumentation, as well as developing your mechanical and electrical skills. During years 2 and 3 you will spend 1 week in 4 at college to reinforce your on-the-job learning. Year 4 will be fully work based. 

As a fully qualified and multi skilled mechanical and electrical Asset Technician, you will be responsible for ensuring the equipment at our Water Treatment Works remains operational so that our customers continue to receive 1,100 million litres of drinking water per day. Whilst on the job you will also learn about all aspects of the water treatment process including the chemicals, coagulants, disinfectants, and gases. 

Treatment Apprentice

Running for 2 years, you’ll work towards your Level 3 Water Process Technician Apprenticeship. Throughout the first year, you’ll spend 1 week in 4 at a specialist training facility located in Peterborough. Here, you’ll meet a group of like-minded apprentices and build your knowledge on wastewater treatment. When not attending training, you’ll spend most of your time with a mentor where you’ll be on the job learning and building your knowledge. Day to day, you’ll be able to get involved with our fascinating Water Recycling processes which includes screening, settlement and biological treatment.  

Network Technician Apprentice

This 18–24-month programme offers you a mixture of classroom study and on the job training to gain your Level 3 Water Process Technician Apprenticeship. Throughout the majority of your first year, you’ll spend 1 week in 4 at a specialist training facility located in Peterborough, building your knowledge of Water Networks. 

When not attending training, you’ll spend most of your time with a mentor, on the job learning and will become part of the team involved in activities such as reacting to customers’ needs, leakage detection, water regulations, water quality as well as planned, reactive and preventative maintenance on the water network.

Maintenance Technician Apprentice

On this 3–4-year programme, you’ll work towards your Level 3 Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician (Electromechanical) Apprenticeship Standard. Throughout the majority of your first year, you will be based at a fully expensed residential college in Grantham where you will meet like-minded people and build your knowledge of instrumentation, as well as developing your mechanical and electrical skills. During years 2 and 3 you will spend 1 week in 4 at college to reinforce your on-the-job learning. Year 4 will be fully work based. 

As a fully qualified and multiskilled mechanical and electrical Maintenance Technician, you will be responsible for ensuring the equipment at our Water Recycling sites remains operational through maintaining and repairing the assets. There are many components necessary to operate the water recycling system which must be carefully maintained, such as wet wells, pipes, valves, storage tanks and pumps! 

Workshop Apprentice

On this 3–4-year programme, you’ll work towards your Level 3 Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician (Mechanical) Apprenticeship Standard. Throughout the majority of your first year, you will be based at a fully expensed residential college in Grantham where you will meet like-minded people and build your knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering. During years 2 and 3 you will attend college 1 day a week with the rest of the time being in the workshop to reinforce your on-the-job learning. 

 

Across our region we have 4 strategically placed workshops where we repair and maintain all Anglian Water assets to consistently high standards. The work can include constructing new equipment and delivering new solutions, as well as providing cost effective maintenance and repairs. As a fully qualified Mechanical Workshop Technician, you will be responsible for carrying out repairs, refurbishments, and fabrication work on our Water Recycling assets. 

Electrical Engineering Degree Apprentice

This Level 6 Electrical Engineer Degree Apprentice offers you the opportunity to gain a full honours degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering (funded by Anglian Water), whilst developing valuable industry-specific work experience and earning a wage.

We have a host of exciting engineering projects which require enthusiasm and innovation to deliver engineering excellence. Over the course of your 5/6 year Degree Apprenticeship, you will develop experience across many areas, including: design excellence – appreciating the application of relevant British Standards and Water Industry Mechanical and Electrical Specifications (WIMES) in the design of LV assemblies, LV electrical installations, LV package plants, MV assemblies, MV electrical installations, as well as Health and Safety, Project Management and Site surveys!

To begin this apprenticeship, you will require the following qualifications:

  • At least 2 A-Levels including grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering OR;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in an Engineering discipline OR;
  • ACCESS to HE Diploma in Engineering OR;
  • HNC or HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Instrumentation and Control Engineering AND;
  • GCSE English language and maths grade 4 (grade C) or above (or eligible equivalent). Apprentices without eligible level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their apprenticeship End Point Assessment.

Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

This Level 6 Civil Engineer Degree Apprentice offers you the opportunity to gain a full honours degree (funded by Anglian Water), whilst developing valuable industry-specific work experience and earning a wage.

Through a host of exciting engineering projects, over the course of your 5/6 year Degree Apprenticeship, you will develop experience across many areas, including: design excellence – delivering clean water and wastewater infrastructure design projects within a framework, Health and Safety, Project Management and Site surveys!

To begin this apprenticeship, you will require three A-levels at Grades A*-C, including Maths & Science (or equivalent).

Hear from our current and previous apprentices across the business

Michal
Digital Apprentice
Brianka
Leakage Technician Apprentice
Alex
Network Technical Training and Development Manager
Chloe
AI Digital Apprenticeship
Joshua
Asset Technician Apprentice
Elysia
Digital and Technology Solutions Business Analyst
Lucy
Operational Technology Field Apprentice
Michal
Digital Apprentice

I chose Anglian Water because it offered me an opportunity to work in a field that interested me without having to go away to university. After applying to the apprenticeship based on the job role, I did some further research on Anglian Water and discovered lots of great reviews online, such as their award for being the best place to work in the UK. Now that I have worked here for a bit, I can confirm that the reviews are accurate! 

  

There are many benefits to working for Anglian Water as an apprentice. Not only do you get to work for a business that cares about its employees, you also work in a company that is very supportive of apprentices and want to build them up.

There are lots of opportunities within the business to grow your skills and Anglian Water is very supportive of apprentices pursuing these opportunities.

I have taken part in workshops that have covered how to plan my career path, improving my personal resilience and many others.  

 

My day to day varies depending on what projects I have going on at the time. No two projects are the same which is nice as it keep the job varied. Each project brings a new challenge which helps me improve both my technical and soft skills.  At college we learn the technical skills needed to work with the data analysis industry, such as how to code in Python and R. As well as this we learn the theory, which gives you a holistic view of the data analysis subject. The projects I get involved in at work are very different but all link back to data. One of the projects that I am currently working on is to do with finding a way to display our 3D models in VR, this project has taught me a lot about how to present findings of my work to external and internal stakeholders to the project. I have also been involved in more traditional Data Analysis projects, like working on creating dashboards for operational staff at Water Recycling Centres that displays data they collect about the assets on their site. 

 

As an apprentice in Anglian Water you receive support from everyone in the business. If you are ever stuck on something, you will find someone who is a subject matter expert that will help you. I have also had the support and encouragement to participate in workshops and courses that help improve soft skills that are not taught at the college like presenting or workload management. 

 

From the apprenticeship I am not only able to learn technical skills for Data Analysis like Power BI, I am also able to develop soft skills like presenting and workload management that will help me in any role I end up going to after the apprenticeship. At college I have learnt how to program in Python and R and have even become Microsoft accredited for those languages through the college, as well as getting a final qualification at the end of my course that is endorsed by the biggest IT charted institute in the United Kingdom. 

 

I would describe the culture at Anglian Water as being friendly and supportive. A really good atmosphere to be an apprentice in. The variety of projects that I am able to work on are the best bit about my role. It allows me to learn what different parts of the business do and allows me to gain a better understanding of the sort of job role I would want to be in after the apprenticeship is finished. 

Brianka
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!).”

Alex
Network Technical Training and Development Manager

In 2011, I had just finished my Vocational training as a Heating and Plumbing Engineer. I had made the decision to leave Academic education due to life circumstances and a relocation. I soon realised that I enjoyed working out and about, also discovering new skills and challenges each day. After weighing up my options, I decided to further my career by looking for a long-term position in a company where I could see myself grow and develop. I had my own idea of where I wanted to work, so I started my research in the companies. I came across an advert in the local newspaper from Anglian Water offering Engineering Apprenticeships, I quickly followed the instructions and sent an application online.

I received a very clear and concise response back from the recruitment team and was made to feel like a valued applicant. My experience of the recruitment process felt very personal and was not faceless like my experience from the other companies. This confirmed to me that the Anglian Water culture was more than words. Eventually I had another company inviting me for an interview, but I had made up my mind and was ever more determined to join Anglian Water. I pushed through the initial assessments and was offered a place on the apprenticeship scheme. I knew straight away this was the beginning of a very fulfilling career journey.

My day can comprise of different activities. I carry out Technical Training to everyone in the company that needs to learn about how we operate our Water Network. I also create training packages for new methods of working, including processes and innovations within the ways of working. When I am not attending meetings and completing any relevant paperwork, I mentor others within the company to help with their own Development. I too have benefitted from being Mentored, which has been the biggest factor in my Professional Development. My mentors include colleagues and managers that have pushed me to achieve my potential.

Good communication skills are essential to be a successful apprentice, having the ability to actively listen and to keep an open mind to new ideas, also being able to be empathetic to others, such as our Customers, Colleagues and our Communities. You should enjoy problem-solving and be motivated to develop yourself and being able to work as a team is integral to success as an apprentice.

We are a very diverse company, and everyone is empowered to challenge when something does not look quite right. Our Purpose, Values and Behaviors, Do the Right Things, Build Trust, Are Always Exploring, these gives us our common goal and it is our guiding star.

I also love the culture at Anglian Water, including; inclusion, great Work benefits such as Private healthcare, flexible working, and a fantastic Pension scheme.

Anglian Water also runs a volunteer programme which encourages you to give back to the community. As a Welfare Officer for my Local Tennis Club, Anglian Water gave me the time to off to attend my initial training to be able to support my community.

If you are applying for an apprenticeship, be yourself. There is no one behavior that fits all at Anglian Water.

There is a great emphasis on Health and Wellbeing, backed up by fantastic benefits such as the fully paid by Anglian Water mental wellbeing apps and the employee assistance packages, private healthcare for your family at a significantly reduced cost to all. Great work life balance is promoted across the company. Everyone works as team here and help is never more than a phone call or video call away.

I am very excited about Anglian Water’s push for Innovation and Technological Advancement. I can foster this passion by diving in and looking at ways in which I can bring our Training up to date, such as exploring Artificial Intelligence, Apps (Coding), animations and making learning fun and accessible to everyone. I am also privileged to be able to play a big part in the future of Anglian Water by training the future Engineers and Leaders of the company.

Chloe
AI Digital Apprenticeship

After coming across the apprenticeship online and initially thinking it looked like a great opportunity academically for me, I then looked into Anglian Water’s ethics and reputation which solidified my initial thoughts that it seemed like a great company to work for. The company really places an emphasis on employee wellbeing, progression and benefits and also has great environmental ethics, it outcompetes a lot of other companies in this regard.

Day to day, my workload varies. I have a number of projects working with people from different teams in my business area and I am free to organise my workload for these in a way that best suits me. I can have days where I will be in meetings all day and representing Anglian Water to external companies and on other days I will be able to focus fully on my technical work, working mainly with asset data.

I would recommend Anglian Water because it really is a great company to work for. The culture is relaxed but motivating, they really encourage and support professional growth as well as supporting personal development where they can. This is also why they’re a great company for apprenticeships, they facilitate learning and development and you can ask anyone in the business for help or some guidance and they will happily help you. The work is varied and often tailored to areas where you need more experience, you are given ample support to progress in these areas to become well-rounded for any future role you might take on within the business or beyond. It’s a great way to learn lots of new professional and technical skills whilst also being employed by a great company and making good connections.

For the course, we study Data Analysis in Python and R and the wider context of data analytics within businesses. Our project work is varied. We have multiple projects at any one time and they can be completely different from each other. Some of my projects have involved representing the company to an external software corporation, investigating and configuring their products to assess their suitability for handling AW data, working with one of our alliance partners and leading a working group of subject matter experts to address the issue of data flow, data input and cleansing with our GIS and leading and facilitating a forum for apprentices across digital and data business areas. The variation in projects makes sure that the apprenticeship always remains interesting and means that no two days are the same, making it a great way to try out different areas of work to find out what role and area of the business interests you the most.

The manager of our team is very supportive, she always offers guidance and someone to talk to when needed and takes any feedback or suggestions into account. As an apprentice, my experience has been that you are warmly welcomed and offered any support you need no matter who you go to. The atmosphere with Anglian Water is very friendly and most people who you go to for help will be happy to support and mentor you in areas/topics that are relevant to your projects or development.

The skills/knowledge that I am gaining from this apprenticeship are countless. I have gained a lot of confidence in facilitating and leading groups of people, networking, project management and have learned all about data and analytics through my apprenticeship.

Very friendly, relaxed but can be slightly faster-paced at times, supportive of progression but encouraging of work-life balance. A great working culture.

The variation in the projects that we do really keeps the role interesting, and for me, the real benefit of this comes from all of the different people I meet as a result of this. Everyone I have come across has been super friendly and helpful, and have been very knowledgeable in their area and it has been great to work with some of these people and gain knowledge from them.

Joshua
Asset Technician Apprentice

Bio coming soon!

Elysia
Digital and Technology Solutions Business Analyst

I am currently working from home. It has been amazing to see the utilisation of technology to support us throughout the pandemic. I am often seeing people that I may not have seen at all prior to this. Knowing that people genuinely care about your wellbeing.  

 

I chose to join Anglian Water to be part of a company with great core values and be part of their bigger mission whilst using my skills in technology. In my apprenticeship programme I can explore different teams within our Information Services department. This means that I can try out different areas to work out what I like but also what I do not like. Whilst trying these out I am also developing technical and soft skills that will help me grow. This means that my day to day work is often quite different and not one day is the same and for me I love that. 

 

I originally thought I always wanted to be a software engineer and wanted to develop into that career, however, by joining Anglian Water I realised that there were so many other career paths that I didn’t know existed but excited me even more!

 

I honestly believe the opportunities are endless here and there is something for everyone. I also get to work with different schools to host workshops around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), different technology skills and I get to share my experiences as an apprentice.  

 

My apprenticeship is equivalent to Computer Science with the added benefit of learning more business skills to give me a broader understanding which is great because it becomes easy to apply what you are learning into the job straight away. A lot of the projects I have worked on involve improving processes and efficiency by using technology. This requires an understanding of the current business process and limitations and then have a wider understanding of what technology is out there to solve that challenge and build a solution. I also had the chance to run Anglian Water’s Open Data project and host an international hackathon collaborating with other water companies.  

 

It is undeniable the amount of personal and career growth I have experience since starting the apprenticeship. I have achieved things that I would never thought I would do and moulding my career towards my goals by developing my skills and knowledge. I also get support from my line manager and leadership team mentor who stays with me throughout the programme (4.5 years) and then I also have a placement manager for each placement I go to, to support me in gaining all the skills I need in that area.  

 

I have lots of different support networks and everyone is always willing to help should I need it. I feel like my voice is always listened to and I have the freedom to unleash my creativity as long as I meet the end goal that was given to me.  

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.

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: