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Water industry apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the water industry sector.

This apprenticeship covers a range of occupations in an industry that deals with networks of mains and sewers, and plays an important environmental role in the environment.

Training opportunities

As an apprentice, you could help to manage the water network from an office or maintain pipes outside. You could:

  • install and maintain the pipes that make up the network
  • look after the pipes that connect customers to the main
  • support the processes at the treatment plant

On the advanced level apprenticeship, you may take a more supervisory role. You’ll learn how to work with chemicals, control leaks and diagnose faults.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 3 types of water industry apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • water distribution operative
  • leakage operative
  • water mainlayer
  • water servicelayer
  • wastewater operative

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • leakage field technician
  • network design technician
  • water distribution technician
  • water fittings inspector
  • process operations technician
  • network construction technician
  • process operations supervisor
  • wastewater technician

Higher apprenticeship (level 4)

You can develop your skills to include management in roles like:

  • network manager
  • leakage manager
  • asset manager
  • (trainee) network modeller
  • design technician
  • project engineer

Apply for a water industry apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education