Anglian Water have launched 44 new apprenticeship positions encouraging people to consider working within the utilities industry. This is an ideal way to provide the perfect route for budding engineers into this vital area of work.
The water company, which has a big requirement for science and engineering skills in its workforce, hired over 80 apprentices from the region last year into operational, maintenance and engineering roles. The new vacancies span the entire Anglian region with positions available in Grimsby, Lincoln, Peterborough, Cambridge, Northampton, Norwich, Chelmsford, Southend and many more.
Regan Harris from Anglian Water said: “Applying for an apprenticeship with Anglian Water is a great option for anyone considering their next move. An apprenticeship with us can last anywhere between 18 months and four years, depending on the type of role, and it’s a mixture of classroom and practical hands-on learning supporting the team, across the region.”
James Weedon, who recently completed a four-year apprenticeship with Anglian Water, this year won the Young Apprentice of the Year award and is now a qualified electrical technician working for the water company. He said: “I came out of college at 18 and I wanted to pursue a career in electrical and mechanical engineering. The apprenticeship was really challenging but you get so much out of it and it was great to earn while you’re learning.
“I’m now a qualified electrical technician trusted to work on my own and I really enjoy the role. I can be on standby and I am required to respond in an emergency - the last time I was called out it was 1am and a pump was down, I had to go straight away to get it back online and prevent a pollution incident. By 5am we got everything working again - that sort of job is a big challenge but really rewarding.”
Regan continued: “James, and the many others who come through our apprenticeship scheme are such an important part of our business which is why we continue to invest a lot in their training and development to help them gain valuable and practical skills as well as achieving a nationally recognised qualification.
“Around a third of Anglian Water’s workforce will retire in the next decade and we want to recruit the budding engineers and technicians from the next generation and give them the right skills and experience to join our business.”