Three new colleges join Anglian Water’s Alliances in an exciting new training collaboration

18 June 2019


Anglian Water is delighted to welcome three new colleges to their skills programme in collaboration with the company’s twelve alliance partners, providing employer-supported multi-skill construction courses and boosting career opportunities in construction.


West Suffolk College, Milton Keynes College and Grimsby Institute have been selected as part of an ambitious talent expansion programme. The initiative has already been successfully piloted through the College of West Anglia at Wisbech in support of an area of social need and to raise career aspirations; through this success Anglian Water is dedicated to creating more employment opportunities in other parts of the region.


The innovative pre-apprenticeship programme has been designed with the specific aim of attracting new talent into the utility sector and enabling students to go on to work for one of the alliance companies as an apprentice. The majority of study in the year-long course will be delivered by college tutors through practical and theory-based sessions.


Jason Tucker, Anglian Water’s Director of Strategic Delivery & Commercial, said: “We are focussed on working with colleges in our region that are committed to building partnerships with industry. These establishments will create opportunities for people by training and developing them with the vital skills and behaviours needed to meet our current and future skills shortages.”


In order to develop skills to the highest level, industry specialists from the Alliances will sponsor the programme “hands-on”, providing specialist plant, materials, work experience and lectures from the very first day. A work placement opportunity will also be provided with one of the companies involved and all students who successfully complete the Level 2 course in “Construction Operations” will be guaranteed an interview for an apprenticeship with Anglian Water and its 12 alliance partners.


Dave Newsome, Collaborative Skills Programme Manager, Anglian Water Alliances, said: “We were impressed by the College’s existing provision, their academic teams and “can-do” approach to working with employers. We don’t want to sponsor a programme by simply putting our name to it; we want to be in there working side by side with our chosen providers. Together we’ll tackle some of the great challenges facing the water industry by teaching and educating future leaders in the field.”


To find out more about any of the courses on offer at the West Suffolk College, College of West Anglia, Milton Keynes College, or Grimsby Institute, please follow the links below:


- West Suffolk College (Bury St Edmunds)
- The College of West Anglia (Wisbech)
- Milton Keynes College
- Grimsby Institute


You can view our latest video on the colleges here.