On this page you can read answers to the most frequently asked questions about our apprentice scheme.
What happens after the programme finishes? Will I still have a job?
As an apprentice within Thames Water, you will be issued with a permanent contract.Provided that you pass your probationary period and are successful in completing the apprenticeship to the required standard, you will be enrolled into a permanent position at the end of the scheme.
Is there an application deadline?
There is a deadline and this will be listed on each of the adverts for the programme.
Please note that as we are running assessment centres for the roles we may fill positions sooner than expected so it’s best to apply early to avoid disappointment.
Do you pay expenses to candidates travelling to interviews / assessment centres?
Yes, up to a reasonable amount. We will confirm details if you are successful in securing a place at an assessment centre.
Do you require certain qualifications?
For both schemes we require a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades C or above.
For the mechanical and electrical apprenticeship you must have grade C or above in Maths, English and Science.
For the Instrumentation, Controls and Automation apprenticeship we require A-C in English & Science and a Grade B or above in Maths.
Is it a general scheme or do you recruit for specific disciplines?
There are two different routes for an apprentice at Thames Water.
Either Mechanical and Electrical OR Electrical and ICA. You can see further details of these here.
These have different criteria that we assess against so if you are interested in both schemes, please express this to your resourcing consultant when you apply.
Are there any age restrictions?
Our Apprentice Programme is designed for individuals that are looking for an engineering career. We encourage applicants from 16 and above to apply.
I have a disability, can I still apply?
Yes of course. We are happy to receive applications from candidates who have disabilities.
Should you be successful please advise us of any special requirements that you may have.
What is the salary package?
The starting salary is £15,000 plus benefits.
Each Apprentice will receive a laptop and smartphone on joining.
When do recruits start?
It will be in August and an exact date will be confirmed nearer the time.
Where could I be based?
Apprentices are placed throughout the Thames Water region from Banbury in the north, Croydon in the south, Kent in the east and Cirencester in the west and anywhere in between.
We do try to keep you as close to your home as possible however this may not always be possible so there may be some travelling involved.
What training is provided?
- All apprentices receive a comprehensive training plan and will attend college for the first year. During this year at college apprentices will complete PEO qualification and the first year of the BTEC.
- During year 2 apprentices continue to complete their BTEC at college one day a week with the remainder of the week onsite working alongside skilled technicians working towards the NVQ level 3.
- Apprentices will continue to work toward the NVQ level 3 throughout years 3 and 4 based on their sites.
I have applied to Thames Water before, can I re-apply?
Yes, you are welcome to re-apply although we cannot guarantee you'll make it to the same stage as before as this will depend on the quality and quantity of other candidates applying.
You are also welcome to respond to adverts on our website.
Will you accept speculative CVs?
No, we cannot accept speculative CVs for the apprentice programme as we need an application form completed in order to assess each candidate against the same criteria.
Do you have to do shift work?
It is unlikely that you will be enrolled into a shift until much later on in your programme.
Once you complete you apprenticeship it is likely you will be on a shift pattern. These vary from site to site and team to team and you can find out more about these from your resourcing consultant.
Do you support work permits?
We support valid work permits but do not sponsor them. You need to have a current right to work in the UK for the full duration of our Apprentice Programme.