About the scheme

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This page highlights the core training paths offered in the Thames Water apprenticeship scheme and the level of qualifications needed to apply.

Technical Apprenticeships at Thames Water

Apprenticeships play a key role in our success in delivering the essential service to our customers. We have a great history in taking on apprentices and more importantly our apprentices progressing through the company.

We offer two kinds of apprenticeship at Thames Water:

Our Electrical and Instrumentation apprentices manage processes which have one end result but affect multiple other processes along the way. You will monitor these processes to check that the outputs are correct and that the inputs aren’t having any negative effects.

As an E/I apprentice, you’ll be placed on a structured four year programme. You’ll be trained to help control all the instruments and systems we have on our sites using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s). You’ll also be working on the computer systems which monitor and control all aspects of our water and wastewater treatment, collection and supply and how they’re performing across the network.

By the end of the apprenticeship you will have gained hands on experience and knowledge in Mechanics, Electrics and Instrumentation and will be able to both assess how our processes are performing and correct any faults you may come across along the way. You will also be able to look at the wider network to see any knock on effects that have happened as a result of changes made.

For this apprenticeship we need people with a logical thought process who want to gain hands on experience. This apprenticeship will give you a great opportunity to learn the essentials of ICA and this is a huge growth area for the future with more and more companies turning to PLC’s and SCADA systems to control their sites.

Some of your typical daily tasks may include:

Carrying out planned preventative maintenance in accordance with the maintenance plans

Carrying out fault diagnosis and repair of electrical equipment.

Carrying out emergency breakdown repairs

Carrying out installation work of equipment and plant modification

Reading and understanding electrical drawings, identifying parts and components.

Studying Mechanical and Electrical disciplines you will be working on our sites alongside around 2500 of our 5000 employees. You will be placed on a four year structured programme with the first year spent studying at college gaining the knowledge and skills to be able to join one of our dedicated operational teams at the heart of the business.

This is a really hands on role so you must have a real passion for finding out how things work and making improvements to them. Our technology and equipment is on a huge scale and this offers a really exciting opportunity to learn and develop your skills and knowledge on some exciting projects.

We are recruiting our skilled technicians of the future and are offering a great opportunity for anybody looking to start a career within the water industry. You will be learning about new and innovative technologies that will improve the way we work at Thames Water for years to come.

Some of your typical daily tasks may include:

Carrying out planned preventative maintenance of sites and equipment

Carrying out emergency repairs

Carrying out installation of equipment and plant modification

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Training and development

The training you receive will depend on the skills you have, but for most people the pattern will be as follows:

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).

Once you have completed your UET, you may also be given the opportunity to study towards an Electrical HNC if this is the route you are taking.

To be a great apprentice, you will:

  • Be self-motived, able to develop yourself and take ownership of your career.
  • Have clear passion and drive to be someone who influences and shapes our future organisation.
  • Be curious and comfortable; ready to ask questions and discover the answers.
  • Enjoy being collaborative and part of a team, but equally adept in taking the lead and working on initiative.
  • Open to change, resilient when faced with moments of uncertainty or ambiguity.
  • Understand the value of stakeholder relationships and network with people of all levels and backgrounds.
  • Share new ideas and ways of working.
  • Be ready to apply everything you learn in your day to day role and any projects outside of this.
  • Ask for feedback and are open to receive and build the knowledge and insight gained in a positive way.

Starting salary

You’ll have a starting salary of £15,000 alongside a fantastic benefits package. Work hard to achieve the best grades and you’ll receive salary reviews and increases throughout the scheme. Once you have completed the 4 year programme you could expect to be earning in the region of £30,000+ as a skilled technician.

Each Apprentice will receive a laptop and smart phone on joining. They may also be able to claim up to £500 towards driving lessons if they don’t hold a license (subject to meeting performance targets).

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