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Have you got what it takes to be a water engineer?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Anglian Water is on the look out for the next generation of water engineers. 

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week this week Anglian Water has officially opened its annual apprenticeship application process.

This year the company has 16 apprenticeships available. The highly sought after four year programme will see the successful applicants trained up as electrical and mechanical engineers. They will then start work as Craft Technicians when they are fully qualified. Here is a short video about the experiences of one Anglian Water apprentice. 

Alison Withers, head of the apprenticeship programme at Anglian Water, said: “We’re looking for people who want a real challenge in engineering, and aren’t afraid of hard work.

“Maintaining Anglian Water’s network of water and sewage pipes, pumping stations and treatment works is a vital job. The people on the frontline of our business are there to ensure we get clean water to homes and businesses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“We already have 100 apprentices on our books and they are making great progress. The youngest started at 16 but the oldest is 43. We often hear from people who have had a family and are now looking for a trade they can build a career on. A lot of the people who come to us through this route really want to give something back to their communities, and they see this job as a great way to do that.

“Our records show that nine out of ten of the people who joined us as apprentices over the past ten years still work for us – this is a fantastic retention rate and something we’re really proud of.”

Vera Oliveira, from Kempston in Bedfordshire, joined Anglian Water as an apprentice in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since.

“I was at the point in my life where I wanted to do something completely different but I wasn’t exactly sure what,” she recalls.

“I saw the apprenticeships advertised and I went for it because I have always wanted to work outside and learn a trade. It was when I started the interview and assessment process that I began to understand exactly what the job was, and that’s when I started to get really excited about it and decided this is what I really want to do.

“One thing I love about the job is the feeling that you are actually making a difference. We talk a lot about the importance of protecting the environment and the impact that we have on the planet, but now I feel like I’m making a real difference every day.”

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

In the first year apprentices will attend Grantham College, living and studying full time with their new colleagues. They will then start working out in the field with the oversight of a mentor, but continue to spend one week in four at college.

Salaries for the four year apprenticeships start at £12,000 a year and go up with each year of the programme. After graduation the starting salary is around £23,000.

The deadline for submitting an application is April 1. Anyone who wants to apply for an Anglian Water apprenticeship can find out more here


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