Students finding out more about the water treatment process on their tour of the works

Students set to join Peterborough’s brand new school, the Greater Peterborough’s University Technical College (GPUTC), spent the day at an Anglian Water’s Water Treatment Works in Rutland last week to learn about how water gets to customers’ taps. 

The day was organised by the GPUTC’s lead employer sponsor, Anglian Water to give students a flavour of what a career in water would be like. Students embarked on a guided tour of the site to learn about how water is brought from the nearby Rutland Water reservoir, filtered, cleaned and meticulously sampled before being pumped to people’s taps.

The prospective students, who officially start the school term on 12 September, also enjoyed the leisure facilities at Rutland Water.

Ethan, a Year 12 GPUTC student, who wants to be an engineer said: “It was a great experience and gave me an idea of what kind of roles Anglian Water employ for. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to starting the new school next week.”

Sanya, a budding female engineer said: “I enjoy learning new things, so this was a really interesting experience for me to learn about how much Anglian Water do in the background. They play such a huge part in our day-to-day life and we don't even realise!”

Gianluca, a Year 12 GPUTC student added: “There is a lot of work involved in Anglian Water maintaining the many treatment sites that they have. The day provided a good insight into some of the things that they do. It is all about team work as workers have to work together to solve problems, which is one of the things that I like about engineering and makes me want to be an engineer.”

The GPUTC offers students a unique study opportunity by combining traditional A-levels and GCSEs with recognised technical qualifications. Graduates from the school will be in a brilliant position to step into apprenticeship positions, get on the job ladder or go on to further education.

Marcia Davies, Community Education Manager for Anglian Water said: “Days like these are really important as they give students an idea of what careers are on offer at Anglian Water, as well as leaving them enthused and interested about what we do ready for when they start at the UTC in September.

“There’s lots of options open for students with engineering and built environment qualifications. With a significant number of Anglian Water’s workforce due to retire in the next 10 years, the company is looking for the talented engineers and technicians of the future. By working with the UTC we can offer high calibre students the relevant skills and training, to prepare them to be the engineers, scientists and technicians of the future.”

Anglian Water will be guaranteeing job interviews for all successful graduates from the GPUTC.