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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.

Digital Apprentice

Level 4

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.  

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Electrical Engineering Degree Apprentice

Degree Apprenticeship

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.
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Information Technology Degree Apprentice

Degree Apprenticeship

This 4 ½ year programme offers a combination of part time classroom study at university, distance learning and work-based training to give you a BSc Honours degree in Digital and Technology Solutions as well as an Apprenticeship certificate. Anglian Water supports this by providing 20% of your working week as paid study time to fit around the demands of your role. You’ll also gain valuable skills and technical knowledge, with guidance and support throughout from an experienced team helping you apply your learning to solve real-life problems.

You’ll play a vital role as part of a friendly team exploring and finding ways of using innovative technology, harnessing the power of graphical information systems, machine learning and cloud capability to ensure the service and solutions we provide are cutting edge.

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

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including a Maths based subject and a STEM subject, or equivalent.
  • 3 A Levels at grades A*-C including a Mathematics based subject and a STEM subject (or equivalent)
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Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

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

Level 4 Digital Apprentice
Level 4 Digital Apprentice
Information Services Degree Apprentice
Level 4 Digital Apprentice
Level 4 Digital Apprentice

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. 

Level 4 Digital Apprentice

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.

Information Services Degree Apprentice

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.


Level 4 Digital Apprentice

Anglian Water gives me the flexibility to work from home and office, so I can decide what works for me.

As my level 4 digital apprentice role entails many and varied projects, I find that a hybrid way of working benefits me best. If I am working on Power Apps or I have a lot of online meetings, I find it easier to work from home.

However, if I am working with people in my team or meeting new colleagues, I prefer to go in the office and work/meet in person so that I can get more insight to the people and the work.

One of my main projects has been building a health and safety app that tracks all a user’s health and safety training and administration records.

It is an app that reminds a user when they are due to renew their training and helps managers keep track of their team and nudge them if something is out of day. This has been an ongoing project since January 2021, but the app was release in June. The whole of Asset intelligence (approx. 70 people) is now trained and using the app and we are now preparing for it to go further. The end goal is to have whole of Anglian water using the app and health and safety easier to track.

As well as the Health and Safety App, I have also had projects to build a health and safety report, code other apps and Cost Modelling analysis. I use software such as Power apps, Power Bi, excel and G/Technology.

This Level 4 digital apprentice role allows me to get a level 4 data analysis qualification out of college while gaining work experience in a digital area. It gives me the chance to build skills in software as well as personal skills like communication and workload management.

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Register your details with us and we will be in touch to keep you updated about upcoming opportunities and events which you can join us for.


We want all our candidates to feel prepared and comfortable during the recruitment process. If you have a disability and need any special requirements at any stage of the recruitment process, please let us know straight away so we can make necessary adjustments for you. You can get in touch with our team at earlycareers@anglianwater, or by calling 01480 323187.

For Level 3 Apprenticeships, it is a requirement of the qualification standard for candidates to have GCSE Maths and English A*-C or 9-4 (or equivalent) to achieve the apprenticeship standard. We therefore ask candidates to provide evidence of their qualifications at application stage. We can accept, evidence that shows GCSE predicted grades, achieved GCSE grades (or equivalent), or proof of enrolment onto Functional Skills Maths & English Level 2.

Here are some online providers who state they offer free Functional Skills courses which are equivalent to Maths & English GCSE. Please be aware that as an impartial employer, we do not recommend a particular training provider. We advise that you research and contact them directly to find out more.
You will also likely need to complete an assessment as a starting point to check what level you are currently at.

We recruit Apprentices every single year and we're committed to helping and signposting applicants to achieve their potential.

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, as well as telling us what opportunities in your area you are interested in.

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 comprehension.

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

1. Application Process - uploading your CV/Cover Letter & answering some application questions
2. Shortlisting - Carried out by our in house recruitment team
3. Online Test - Mechanical Comprehension
4. Video Upload - Here you'll get a chance to prepare a 5 minute video of yourself answering 4/5 questions set by Anglian Water
5. 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. Depending on the latest government guidance, assessment centres could be hosted online rathe than face to face.
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.

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 within 30 minutes from the advertised radius.

Most of our Apprenticeships start August & September 2022