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Apprenticeship schemes

Apprenticeships play a key role in our success in delivering life's essential service to our customers, and we have a great track record in taking apprentices on and helping them develop their careers.

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We offer two kinds of apprenticeship scheme, with both leading to a valuable and hands-on career. Both schemes are now closed for applications.

Types of apprenticeships

Lab Technician Higher Apprenticeship

We’re looking for bright sparks to join our team. You’ll need to be passionate about learning and committed to the full apprenticeship, which will take up to five years if you’d like to be qualified to degree-level.

You’ll be part of a fantastic scientific team, managing your own time and learning on the job. Throughout the programme you’ll receive feedback on how you’re doing and you’ll be able to use this to further develop your skills and experience.

The detail

Joining our laboratory team, you’ll work towards becoming a Laboratory Analyst. You’ll take care of some of the most important water quality tests in the world, getting hands-on experience with sample prep and analysis, and using the latest technology in the field of analytical chemistry.

To support your learning, you’ll also undergo a formal higher apprenticeship programme and HND qualification through remote learning.

The learning curve will be challenging, exciting and rewarding. And you’ll be earning at the same time!

This apprenticeship is perfect for people who have finished their A-Levels and are keen for a route to Degree-level training but want to get some work experience on the way.

Technical Apprenticeship

We’re looking for amazing problem solvers to join our team. This apprenticeship is perfect for people who are hands-on and love to know how things work.

The detail

We offer two Technical Apprenticeships, Electrical & Instrumentation (E/I) and Mechanical & Electrical (M/E).

Electrical & Instrumentation Apprenticeship (E/I)

Our Electrical and Instrumentation apprentices manage and monitor processes to make sure the that the outputs are correct and that the inputs aren’t having any negative effects.

By the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll have gained hands-on experience and knowledge in Mechanics, Electrics and Instrumentation, and you’ll be able to both assess how our processes are performing and correct any faults you may come across along the way.

Mechanical & Electrical Apprenticeship (M/E)

This is a really hands-on role, so you’ll probably have a knack for taking things apart and fixing them! Our technology and equipment is huge and this apprenticeship offers an exciting opportunity to learn and develop your skills and knowledge on some exciting and important projects.

Training and development

The training you receive will depend on the skills you have.

Year one

Five days a week at college, four days spent learning workshop skills such as fitting, mechanical maintenance, machining, electronic control, electrical maintenance and installation, plus one day studying engineering theory for a BTEC qualification.

Years two through to four

In year two, four days a week will be spent in the workplace, your own base, or any one of the numerous sites throughout our region, and one day a week in college completing the BTEC qualification.

During the rest of the time on the programme, as well as practical on the job experience, you will also be working towards achieving the UET Trailblazer Standard (Utilities Engineering Technician).

Register your interest

If you're interested in our 2021 programmes, please complete our form:

Register your interest

Contacting our apprenticeship team

For help or advice on your application, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0207 654 7200.