Engineers working on a pipe

 There’s still a chance for young people in Wisbech to sign up to one of two brand new courses which could set them on an exciting career in the water industry.

Skilled engineering and construction professionals are vitally important when it comes to supplying water to households and business across our region, as well as recycling waste water. To help find the engineers and construction operatives of the future Anglian Water and the alliance of civil engineering partners the company works with are sponsoring two two-year BTEC courses at the College of West Anglia in Wisbech.

The first course will give students a full grounding in both mechanical and electrical engineering before allowing them to specialise in their second year. A second course concentrates on construction and will cover various aspects of laying water networks. If students pass all their modules they will be offered an interview with one of the companies in Anglian Water’s @one Alliance which could lead to an apprenticeship and a career in the utilities industry.

Russell Beal, from Anglian Water, said: “Our plans for investing in the region’s water network mean we need an army of skilled, dedicated and hard working engineers and construction operatives over the next few years.

“We’ve been working in Fenland for some time now through the Wisbech 20/20 project to help the area realise its full potential, so it was the obvious place for us to launch these new courses.

“This is the perfect opportunity for any young people in Wisbech and further afield who are still looking at their options for the Autumn to make the first steps in a exciting and rewarding career.

“Anglian Water and our partners help to bring water to 2.5million households – and those people on the frontline laying and maintaining our network are the foundation of our business, so we take investing in the skills of the next generation very seriously.”

The courses are open to people of any age from school leavers upwards. Full funding is available for 16-18 year-olds and some funding is available for older applicants.

Anyone wanting to apply or a place must do so by Thursday August 20 and interviews will take place on August 24. For more information and full details on applying visit