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Practical Apprentices

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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Meet Vicky

Vicky started at Anglian Water two years ago through our apprenticeship programme and is now a fully fledged Leakage Technician! Hear what she has to say about how she has found being a female in an operational role below

Man in high vis jacket checking equipment on a metal walkway atop a treatment facility

Process Commissioning Engineer Apprentice

Level 3

This fantastic 5-year Apprenticeship offers you a mixture of classroom study and practical on the job training. For the first two years, you will work towards your Water Process Technician Apprenticeship, learning about the operation and optimisation of wastewater and sludge treatment assets. By the end of these two years, you’ll have gained your Licence to Operate! You’ll then continue your learning and undertake a two-year Asset Management Apprenticeship to understand treatment assets, investment and capital delivery.

In the fifth and final year, you will spend time on the @One Alliance sites developing your practical skills to become a Process Commissioning Engineer!

Throughout the whole 5-year programme, you will be part of the Commissioning Team and working with the @One Alliance in the capital delivery part of the business focussing on wastewater treatment. This role is crucial to ensure that as sewage goes through the process, the biological processes are happening correctly, and that you are looking for ways to optimise the processes as well. These complex biological processes must meet the standards set by the Environment Agency to ensure we discharge water safely back into the environment.

To apply, you will need 5 GCSEs grades A*-C/ 9-4 (or equivalent) in English, Maths and a mixture of two or more scientific subjects.

What type of person would this Apprenticeship suit?

This Apprenticeship would suit someone who is practical, not afraid to work outside in all weathers and is truly interested in understanding how things work. We are looking for someone with an inquisitive mindset, who will be interested in the biological processes of the natural world and is committed to protecting the environment.

Top down view of a woman in a high vis vest, gloves and a hard hat inside a treatment facility

Water Technician (Restoration) Apprentice

Level 3

Can you help keep our customers water supplies flowing? Water Engineers at Anglian Water are unsung heroes, through their problem solving and engineering solutions, they help to restore our customers water supplies when they are interrupted – sometimes without our customers even realising!

This 18–24-month Apprenticeship offers you a mixture of classroom study and practical on the job training to gain your Level 3 Water Distribution Control Apprenticeship. Throughout the majority of your first year, you’ll spend 1 week in 4 at a specialist training facility located in Peterborough, building and developing your knowledge of Water Engineering. In year 2, you’ll be working closely with a mentor gaining practical skills and confidence around alternative water supplies such as tankering, line stops and over lands.

What type of person would this Apprenticeship suit?

This Apprenticeship would suit someone who is practical, not afraid to work outside in all weathers and is truly interested in the engineering of restoring water supplies. We are looking for someone who would take job satisfaction from keeping our customers water supplies going and someone who would enjoy achieving their HGV licence and driving our large tankers!

Watch the video below to find out more about our Restoration team.

Female apprentice in high vis jacket and hard hat walking through water treatment centre

Workshop Apprentice

Level 3

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. 

What type of person would this Apprenticeship suit?

This Apprenticeship would suit someone who is practical and interested in repairing, maintain and refurbishing our Water Recycling assets such as pumps, gearboxes to maximise their lifespan. We are looking for somebody who is a problem solver and enjoys using their own imitative to recommend and find solutions. For this role you’ll be based in the Workshop so a driving licence isn’t essential.

Mechanical and Electrical Apprentice

Level 3

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! 

What type of person would this Apprenticeship suit?

This Apprenticeship would suit someone who is practical and interested in mechanical and electrical processes. We are looking for somebody who is a problem solver and would enjoy utilising IT systems to report and diagnose complex faults on our Water Recycling assets such as wet wells, pipes, valves, storage tanks and pumps! This is a 4 year programme with the first year in full time education, so we are looking for someone who is hard working, keen to learn and self motivated. 

Network Technician Apprentice

Level 3

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.

What type of person would this Apprenticeship suit?

This Apprenticeship would suit someone who is practical and interested in engineering of our Water Network. We are looking for somebody who is a is people person and would enjoy delivering top customer service to our customers/general public. In this role you’ll be on the front line with customers so it is essential that you will promote Anglian Water’s services and brand in a positive light at all times.

Check out our day in the life video to find out more!

Treatment Apprentice

Level 3

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.  

What type of person would this Apprenticeship suit?

This Apprenticeship would suit someone who isn’t phased by the smells of sewage! We are looking for somebody that is interested in the waste water treatment process. We are looking for someone with an inquisitive mindset, who will be interested in the biological processes of the natural world and is committed to protecting the environment.

Overheard view of man and woman looking at machinery inside a treatment works

Asset Technician Apprentice

Level 3

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. 

What type of person would this Apprenticeship suit?

This Apprenticeship would suit someone who is practical and interested in mechanical and electrical processes. We are looking for somebody who interested in the water treatment process and would enjoy carrying out routine maintenance and diagnosing complex faults on our water sites.

Leakage Field Technician

Level 3

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.  

What type of person would this Apprenticeship suit?

This field based Apprenticeship would suit someone who is practical and enjoys working outside. We are looking for somebody who is interested in finding & fixing leaks and going the extra mile for to enhance the end to end customer experience.

Check our day in the life video to find out more!

Man in high vis jacket checking equipment on a metal walkway atop a treatment facility

Process Commissioning Engineer Apprentice

Level 4

This fantastic 5-year Apprenticeship offers you a mixture of classroom study and practical on the job training. For the first two years, you will work towards your Water Process Technician Apprenticeship, learning about the operation and optimisation of wastewater and sludge treatment assets. By the end of these two years, you’ll have gained your Licence to Operate! You’ll then continue your learning and undertake a two-year Asset Management Apprenticeship to understand treatment assets, investment and capital delivery.

In the fifth and final year, you will spend time on the @One Alliance sites developing your practical skills to become a Process Commissioning Engineer!

Throughout the whole 5-year programme, you will be part of the Commissioning Team and working with the @One Alliance in the capital delivery part of the business focussing on wastewater treatment. This role is crucial to ensure that as sewage goes through the process, the biological processes are happening correctly, and that you are looking for ways to optimise the processes as well. These complex biological processes must meet the standards set by the Environment Agency to ensure we discharge water safely back into the environment.

To apply, you will need 5 GCSEs grades A*-C/ 9-4 (or equivalent) in English, Maths and a mixture of two or more scientific subjects.

What type of person would this Apprenticeship suit?

This Apprenticeship would suit someone who is practical, not afraid to work outside in all weathers and is truly interested in understanding how things work. We are looking for someone with an inquisitive mindset, who will be interested in the biological processes of the natural world and is committed to protecting the environment.

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