Anglian Water is calling on young people looking for a practical career to consider applying for an apprenticeship. 

This year’s apprentice and trainee positions have been announced and they include opportunities across the region to train as mechanical and electrical engineers as well as technicians on our water and water recycling networks.

This year there are seven apprentice positions and 19 trainee positions available in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Essex, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.

The apprentice positions are a four year programme which will see the successful applicants trained up as electrical and mechanical engineers before starting work as Maintenance Technicians when they are fully qualified.

Trainee positions take 18 months and result in Network Technician roles which will involve being part of our ongoing multi-million pound war on leakage and helping ensure we’re offering the best service to our customers. There are also trainee roles available at several of our water recycling works helping maintain the essential sewage infrastructure our region relies on.

The apprenticeship roles are open for applications now, and the trainee positions will be opening in June.

This year the company is hoping to increase the number of young women going into these roles to try and address the long term gender imbalance in water engineering careers.

Stacey Gibson, from Anglian Water’s apprenticeship programme, said: “All of our apprentices get a guaranteed job at the end of their qualification period so this is the first step on an exciting career ladder.

“It’s hard work, but you’ll get a lot of support, make friends and get a real challenge which for many of our apprentices is a life changing one.

“Women make up less than 10 per cent of engineers in the UK and we often struggle to attract girls into apprentice positions. But we really feel the service we provide would be improved by having a diverse mix of staff in all areas – especially when we’re dealing with customers face to face and sensitivity is vital.

“Our frontline staff ensure that the region has clean, healthy water and sewerage every hour of every day. It’s a vital job and it could one day lead to a management level position in the water industry.”

To be eligible for an apprenticeship applicants must have five GSCEs (or equivalent) with grades A to C including Maths and English.

Anyone who wants to apply for an Anglian Water apprenticeship can find out more online at