About the scheme

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Looking for a route to degree level training but want to get hands on along the way? Our Lab Technician higher apprenticeship could be for you.

Two young Thames Water scientists in the lab.

Who we're looking for

We’re looking for people with a passion for science and an appetite to excel to join our Labs. We want to grow and develop our apprentices into our next generation of leaders, giving you a clear career path and commitment to your profession as a Water Industry Scientist.

Our labs are a key part of the business which allows us to monitor that our drinking water is safe and clean and that our waste product is treated in the correct way. Not only do we analyse samples from our customers’ homes but also from our sites and the rivers too.

We are passionate about providing a quality service to our customers. Continuously striving for excellence, we are giving you the chance to join a leading water organisation who supply an essential service to our 9 million drinking water customers and 14 million wastewater customers.

We carry out over two million tests a year, through our labs in Reading. This essential service continues to be, challenged by population growth, climate change and new legislation.

This role joins part of a team dedicated to providing excellent customer service. Our Labs have won awards for health and safety and all of our teams are dedicated to meeting this exceptional standard.

The programme details

We’re looking for bright sparks to join our team. You’ll need to be hungry to learn and committed to the full apprenticeship which, to become fully qualified to degree level, will take up to five years.  You’ll be self motivated with an appetite to be the best you can be.

You’ll be working as part of a team and we’ll support you along the way but you should be prepared to manage your own time and learning, so you’ll need to be very organised. Throughout the programme you’ll receive feedback on how you’re doing and you’ll need to listen and respond to this accordingly. 

Joining our laboratory team you’ll undergo a formal higher apprenticeship in chemistry through workplace learning. You’ll work towards becoming a Laboratory Analyst at the end of the programme, where we’ll continue to grow and develop you into our next generation of leaders. In your first two years you’ll do a lower apprenticeship (Lab Technician) and study for an HNC either by distance learning or day release. Once completed there are further opportunities to move onto the day release degree programme (Lab Scientist) for an additional two to three years.

You’ll get hands-on experience in the preparation and analysis of samples for the determination of chemical parameters and you’ll be using the latest technology in the field of analytical chemistry. The learning curve will be challenging and you’ll be given the opportunity to develop and grow throughout the apprenticeship.

What we're looking for

  • Five GCSEs grade A* - C and two A levels - to include a minimum of a D grade in Chemistry A Level
  • Self motivated with an appetite to develop yourself
  • Passion for analytical chemistry
  • Commitment to a career in the water industry
  • Excellent time management skills
  • The determination to succeed
  • Team working skills

A male Thames Water scientist examines a sample using a microscope.

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