About the scheme

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This page highlights the core training paths offered in the Thames Water apprenticeship scheme and the level of qualifications needed to apply.

Technical Apprenticeships at Thames Water

Apprenticeships play a key role in our success in delivering the essential service to our customers. We have a great history in taking on apprentices and more importantly our apprentices progressing through the company.

We offer two kinds of apprenticeship at Thames Water:

ICA (Instrumentation, Controls and Automation) manages processes which have one end result but affects multiple other processes along the way. Our ICA technicians monitor these processes to check that the outputs are correct and that the inputs aren’t having any negative effects.

As an ICA Apprentice you’ll be placed on a structured 4 year programme. You’ll be trained to help control all the instruments and systems we have on our sites using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s). You’ll also be working on the computer systems which monitor and control all aspects of Thames Water’s water and wastewater treatment, collection and supply, and how they’re performing across the network.

By the end of the apprenticeship you will have gained hands on experience and knowledge in Mechanics, Electrics and Instrumentation and will be able to both assess how our processes are performing and correct any faults you may come across along the way. You will also be able to look at the wider network to see any knock on effects that have happened as a result of changes made.

For this apprenticeship we need people with a logical thought process who want to gain hands on experience. This apprenticeship will give you a great opportunity to learn the essentials of ICA and this is a huge growth area for the future with more and more companies turning to PLC’s and SCADA systems to control their sites.

Some of your typical daily tasks may include:

Carrying out planned preventative maintenance in accordance with the maintenance plans

Carrying out fault diagnosis and repair of electrical equipment.

Carrying out emergency breakdown repairs

Carrying out installation work of equipment and plant modification

Reading and understanding electrical drawings, identifying parts and components.

Studying Mechanical and Electrical disciplines you will be working on our sites alongside around 2500 of our 5000 employees. You will be placed on a four year structured programme with the first year spent studying at college gaining the knowledge and skills to be able to join one of our dedicated operational teams at the heart of the business.

This is a really hands on role so you must have a real passion for finding out how things work and making improvements to them. Our technology and equipment is on a huge scale and this offers a really exciting opportunity to learn and develop your skills and knowledge on some exciting projects.

We are recruiting our skilled technicians of the future and are offering a great opportunity for anybody looking to start a career within the water industry. You will be learning about new and innovative technologies that will improve the way we work at Thames Water for years to come.

Some of your typical daily tasks may include:

Carrying out planned preventative maintenance of sites and equipment

Carrying out emergency repairs

Carrying out installation of equipment and plant modification

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Training and development

The training you receive will depend on the skills you have, but for most people the pattern will be as follows:

Year one

Five days a week at college, four days spent learning workshop skills such as fitting, mechanical maintenance, machining, electronic control, electrical maintenance and installation, plus one day studying engineering theory for a BTEC qualification.

Years two through to four

In Year two, four days a week will be spent in the workplace, your own base, or any one of the numerous sites throughout our region, and one day a week in college completing the BTEC qualification.

During the rest of the time on the programme, as well as practical on the job experience, you will also be working towards achieving the NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance.

Once you have completed your NVQ you may also be given the opportunity to study towards an Electrical HNC if this is the route you are taking.

You will also develop functional skills in literacy, numeracy and IT.

We are looking for people who:

  • Have a genuine desire to learn and drive their own development
  • Are committed to a career in engineering
  • Show a can-do attitude
  • Are creative and proactive
  • Will take ownership of tasks and are motivated
  • Are a good team player
  • Keep health and safety at the forefront of everything they do

Starting salary

£15,000 starting salary plus benefits.

Each Apprentice will receive a laptop and smart phone on joining.

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