Apprentice Programme

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

When you think about it, water is the most basic human need. So what we do at Welsh Water is incredibly important – we give three million customers safe, clean water, take away their dirty water and help to protect our beautiful environment.

It’s an awesome responsibility, and we have to earn our customers’ trust every single day. Being the only not-for-profit company in the water industry is certainly a good start.

Being an apprentice with Welsh Water is much more than just a job. It is being a part of a supportive team, it’s forging a career for yourself in the 4th largest business in Wales and gaining skills and qualifications.


Apprentice Distribution Inspector

The apprentice inspector role will give you the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about how we deliver fresh clean drinking water to our customers. You will be working with the Water Services Distribution team and your foundation apprenticeship in Distribution Control will be delivered over eighteen months.

What to expect

During your eighteen month programme you will attend classroom training that you will attend for over the 18 month period, studying the Certification and Assessment Board for the Water Industry (CABWI) accredited qualifications covering topics including water engineering, metering and customer service. The knowledge and skills you gain will be practised in the workplace, under the expert guidance of your buddy.

Working closely with your experienced buddy, we’ll teach you how to:

  • Always put customers first
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the network of pipes
  • Detect and fix leaking pipes
  • Test drinking water to ensure it is of the highest quality

You will be an important part of a team responsible for delivering over 800 million litres of drinking water to customers every day.

What do we need?

As well as an individual who really believes in Welsh Water’s mission and values, you will be a person who possesses a flair for problem solving and is passionate about resolving customer queries.  You will be able to build rapport and take responsibility for the outcome of customer contacts.

As well as the above;

  • You will need English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above or equivalent.
  • You need to be available to start with us on 2nd September 2019
  • You will be required to complete online tests as part of the assessment process.
  • Applying for our apprenticeship programme is like applying for a job so you will have to go through our application process.  You will also have to attend an assessment centre to meet our team.

We have opportunities in the following locations:

Caerphilly   

Carmarthenshire   

Rhyl    

Swansea    

Torfaen    


Apprentice Mechanical Fitter

Mechanical fitters are integral to Water Production and Wastewater Treatment in Welsh Water.  They install, maintain and repair some of the most complex equipment used in our treatment works and need to be able to find faults and solve problems on-the-go.  Some of this equipment includes gearboxes, pumps, valves, pipes, blowers and compressors, to name only a few.

What to expect

On the Welsh Water apprenticeship you will learn how to install, maintain and repair mechanical systems, how to use craft-specific tools and machines, how to read mechanical drawings and about the wider water industry.

As well as the technical skills that you will gain while working with passionate and experienced colleagues, you will develop your confidence and problem solving abilities.

During your four year apprenticeship, you will attend Cardiff and the Vale College over the duration of the apprenticeship and study a Welsh Government approved Level 3 apprenticeship. Once you have completed your apprenticeship, your primary role will be to carry out planned maintenance and complete emergency breakdown repairs. You will also be required to take part in our standby rota.  If successful in getting the apprenticeship role, you will be in either Water Services or Wastewater services.

What do we need?

As well as an individual who really believes in Welsh Water’s mission and values, you will be a person who possesses the excitement to want to learn a craft discipline, a flair for working within a team and the confidence to communicate effectively with others.  The water industry is like no other industry, so apply with passion and determination and you’re sure to stand-out.

As well as the above;

  • You need to have achieved or be on target to achieve GCSEs at grade B or above in Maths and grade C or above in English and Science.
  • You need to be available to start with us on 2nd September 2019
  • You will be required to complete online tests as part of the assessment process.
  • Applying for our apprenticeship programme is like applying for a job so you will have to go through our application process.  You will also have to attend an assessment centre to meet our team (you will need to be available on the dates provided in the Application Timeline).

We have opportunities in the following locations:

Rhondda Cynon Taf   


Apprentice Electrician

Being an electrician at Welsh Water is very different to being a domestic electrician.  The voltage is higher, the equipment is bigger and you are working to ensure that water or wastewater services are provided consistently for Welsh Water customers.  You will work with pumps, motors, variable speed drives, actuators, wiring systems and a lot, lot more.  Finding faults and solving problems will be a part of your daily role, and you will work within a skilled and supportive team.

What to Expect

On the Welsh Water apprenticeship you will learn how to install, maintain and repair electrical systems, how to use craft-specific tools and machines, how to read electrical drawings and about the wider water industry.

As well as the technical skills that you will gain while working with passionate and experienced colleagues, you will develop your confidence and problem solving abilities.

During your four year apprenticeship, you will attend Cardiff and the Vale College over the duration of the apprenticeship and study a Welsh Government approved Level 3 apprenticeship. Once you have completed your apprenticeship, your primary role will be to carry out planned maintenance and complete emergency breakdown repairs. You will also be required to take part in our standby rota.  If successful in getting the apprenticeship role, you will be in either Water Services or Wastewater services.

What do we need?

As well as an individual who really believes in Welsh Water’s mission and values, you will be a person who possesses the excitement to want to learn a craft discipline, a flair for working within a team and the confidence to communicate effectively with others.  The water industry is like no other industry, so apply with passion and determination and you’re sure to stand-out.

As well as the above;

  • You need to have achieved or be on target to achieve GCSEs at grade B or above in Maths and grade C or above in English and Science.
  • You need to be available to start with us on 2nd September 2019
  • You will be required to complete online tests as part of the assessment process.
  • Applying for our apprenticeship programme is like applying for a job so you will have to go through our application process.  You will also have to attend an assessment centre to meet our team (you will need to be available on the dates provided in the Application Timeline).

We have opportunities in the following locations:

Swansea   


Higher Apprentice ICA Technician (Instrumentation, Control and Automation)

Are you interested in electronics?  Do you want to learn new skills, working with electrical and computer systems?  Although you may not have heard of an instrumentation, control and automation technician before, this role is really important when it comes to the running of a treatment works efficiently and accurately.  ICAs work with systems including SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition systems) and PLC (Programmable Logic Control) programs, equipment that monitors and analyses level, flow and pressure of water and other analytical equipment used in the water and wastewater treatment processes.

What to Expect

On the Welsh Water ICA technician apprenticeship you will learn how to install, maintain, modify and repair SCADA and associated instrumentation, control and automation equipment, how to program and modify PLC programs for a range of different PLC brands including, Siemens and Mitsubishi, how to read electrical and instrumentation schematic drawings and use them to investigate and rectify system breakdowns and about the wider water industry.

As well as the technical skills that you will gain while working with passionate and experienced colleagues, you will develop your confidence and problem solving abilities.

During your four year apprenticeship, you will attend Cardiff and the Vale College over the duration of the apprenticeship and study a Welsh Government approved Level 3 apprenticeship. Once you have completed your apprenticeship, your primary role will be to carry out planned maintenance and complete emergency breakdown repairs, whilst undertaking a Level 4 apprenticeship which will take two years. You will also be required to take part in our standby rota.  If successful in getting the apprenticeship role, you will be in either Water Services or Wastewater services.

What do we need?

As well as an individual who really believes in Welsh Water’s mission and values, you will be a person who possesses the excitement to want to learn a craft discipline, a flair for working within a team and the confidence to communicate effectively with others.  The water industry is like no other industry, so apply with passion and determination and you’re sure to stand-out.

As well as the above;

  • You need to have achieved or be on target to achieve GCSEs at grade B or above in Maths and grade C or above in English and Science.
  • You need to be available to start with us on 2nd September 2019
  • You will be required to complete online tests as part of the assessment process.
  • Applying for our apprenticeship programme is like applying for a job so you will have to go through our application process.  You will also have to attend an assessment centre to meet our team (you will need to be available on the dates provided in the Application Timeline).

We have opportunities in the following locations:

Capel Dewi, Carmarthen    


Trainee Sewerage Operative

Welsh Water’s trainee programmes are a great way to learn more about the fundamental roles within the industry.  Sewerage operatives ensure that over 36, 000km of wastewater networks are working effectively and are the first response to any customer reports of sewerage incidents. Operatives within a team will be responsible for customers and networks within a specific geographic location.

What to expect

During your eighteen month trainee programme, you will attend Welsh Water’s accredited competency programme covering topics including wastewater treatment processes, flooding and pollution, health and safety, and also the knowledge and skills you gain will be practised in the workplace, under the expert guidance of your buddy.

Working closely with your experienced buddy, we’ll teach you how to:

  • Respond to customer reported incidents and clear network blockages
  • Undertake network inspections
  • Operate and assess asset condition.
  • Jet, flush and de-silt the network.

As well as the on-the-job skills that you will gain while working with passionate and experienced colleagues, you will develop your confidence, initiative and problem solving abilities.

What do we need?

As well as an individual who really believes in Welsh Water’s mission and values, you will be a person who possesses a flair for problem solving and is passionate about helping customers.  You will be organised, be able to communicate effectively, have a keen eye for detail and able to work to deadlines.

As well as the above;

  • You will need English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above, or equivalent.
  • You need to be available to start with us on 2nd September 2019
  • You will be required to complete online tests as part of the assessment process.
  • Applying for our trainee programme is like applying for a job so you will have to go through our application process.  You will also have to attend an assessment centre to meet our team.

We have opportunities in the following locations:

Cardiff    

Aberaeron   


Trainee Production Technician

Welsh Water’s trainee programmes are a great way to learn more about the fundamental roles within the industry.  Production technicians manage the day to day operation of water treatment works as part of a team that ensures the safe collection, treatment and supply of drinking water within a defined geographic area.

What to expect

During your eighteen month trainee programme, you will attend Welsh Water’s accredited competency programme covering topics including water treatment processes, water resources and quality, health and safety, and also the knowledge and skills you gain will be practised in the workplace, under the expert guidance of your buddy.

Working closely with your experienced buddy, we’ll teach you how to:

  • Operate a water treatment works
  • Induct and supervise contractors on -site
  • Plan plant shut-downs and other maintenance work on site
  • Control stock levels of required materials including chemicals required in the water treatment process

As well as the on-the-job skills that you will gain while working with passionate and experienced colleagues, you will develop your confidence, organisation and problem solving abilities.

What do we need?

As well as an individual who really believes in Welsh Water’s mission and values, you will be a person who possesses a flair for problem solving and is passionate about planning for the effective running of a site.  You will be organised, be able to communicate effectively, have a keen eye for detail and able to work to deadlines.

As well as the above;

  • You will need English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above, or equivalent.
  • You need to be available to start with us on 2nd September 2019
  • You will be required to complete online tests as part of the assessment process.
  • Applying for our trainee programme is like applying for a job so you will have to go through our application process.  You will also have to attend an assessment centre to meet our team.

We have opportunities in the following locations:

Capel Dewi, Carmarthen    

Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire    

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