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You will be managing and delivering a portfolio of mechanical, electrical, civil, control and instrumentation projects with a value of up to £5 million per annum. 

What you’ll be doing as an Apprentice Project Engineer

This is an exciting opportunity to support and assist the project engineers in the delivery of a portfolio of small/medium sized capital projects which includes the following activities:

  • Working closely with Thames Water operations and our contractor supply chain to scope, specify and cost, quality solutions that are both fit for purpose and value for money.  
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements, ensuring that all projects built and designed comply with the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM). 
  • Work collaboratively with delivery partners/contractors to ensure that schemes deliver on time, minimising the risk to the business. 
  • Drafting, vetting and approving RAMS, pre-construction information, project plans, construction phase H&S plans (CPP) and commissioning plans. 
  • Overseeing the commissioning and hand over of the project to the operational client. 
  • Ensuring appropriate training has been completed and that completion documents are available and handed over including test certificate and constructed drawings. 

You will achieve Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor Standard, Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) Construction & Built Environment.  As part of your apprenticeship programme, you’ll study with University College of Estate Management 1 day a week to gain the theoretical background to your programme this is delivered virtually.

When you join, you’ll become part of our thriving apprentice network and enjoy a comprehensive and tailored induction programme. This will be followed by a bespoke development programme to support your personal and professional development and enhance your career progression. As part of this, you’ll get involved in a range of activities and gain knowledge in areas such as mental health and wellbeing, sustainability and health and safety. In addition, you’ll join a variety of events, including our annual raft race.

From day one, we want you to do more than just show up – we want you to fully engage with every aspect of our development programme as these experiences aren’t just extras, they’re opportunities for your growth, development, and for forging meaningful personal and professional connections.

We work with organisations like the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN) to make sure we continue to offer the very best apprenticeships and graduate programmes, so you can be confident you’re getting a first-class start. Developing engineers can also work towards the competencies set out by the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) through the Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS).

If you’re into big plans and challenges, you’ve come to the right place:
Real purpose, real support, real opportunities… it’s your journey and it begins at Thames Water.

Start date: 2nd September 2024

Base Location: Newbury - RG14 1RT

Working hours: 36 hours Monday- Friday

Programme Length: 24 months

Training provider details: University College of Estate Management

Other immediate demands: A full UK driving licence (If using your vehicle, you will require business use on your insurance policy at your own cost)

Entry Requirements for this apprenticeship include:

A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 or above (A*-C), in Maths and English OR functional skills level 2 in Maths and English and 64 UCAS points.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your grades yet, if you are due to sit your exams this year, we still want to hear from you if your predicted grades meet our requirements.

What you should bring to the role  

  • Have a real drive and motivation to manage your learning and working life.
  • Be a logical thinker and have a passion for technology and finding out how things work.
  • Be focused, well organised, have excellent time management skills and have the dedication to succeed.
  • Have great teamwork skills but also be able to work independently, putting customers at the heart of everything you do.
  • Communicate effectively and be able to challenge when a problem arises.
  • Be a champion for Health & Safety within the workplace for both you and your colleagues, helping us maintain our great reputation.
  • Be ready to apply everything you learn in your day-to-day role and any projects outside of this.

What’s in it for you?  

If you want a career where you can make a daily difference to millions of people’s lives while helping to protect the environment for future generations, an apprenticeship position at Thames Water could be perfect for you.

It’s a chance to work towards a degree while gaining practical experience, earning while you learn.

  • Competitive starting salary of £20,000.  
  • Annual Leave : 24 days holiday. (Plus bank holidays)
  • Contributory pension – Defined Contribution - Maximum of 12% -2x employee contribution.
  • Personal Medical Assessments – Open to all once a year.
  • Wider benefits scheme including our benefits hub, which is packed full of offers and information to save you money and support your wellbeing.

Who are we?  

At Thames Water, our purpose is crystal clear - to deliver life’s essential service so our customers, communities and planet can thrive.
Water is life’s great leveller. Every living thing needs it, every single day. From people to plants, birds to bees, farms to factories, we all need it to thrive, and we’re committed to taking care of it for us all.  
But keeping water flowing is becoming harder. From scorching summers to wetter winters, extreme weather affects everything from our pipes to our local rivers. We must keep millions more kettles boiling, public services operating, washing machines spinning, showers running and more, so every drop is more precious than ever. Are you ready to play your part?

Working at Thames Water  

At Thames Water, we recognise that people are at the heart of our business. To help us succeed in providing life's essential service, we need a range of skills and capabilities, representative of society throughout our business.

We seek to attract and retain a cultural mix of people who can offer different but complementary attitudes, values, talents, and knowledge. We understand the importance of appreciating and harnessing the unique skills, experiences, backgrounds, and differences that each individual brings.

Our over-arching diversity and inclusion aim is to ensure Thames Water is a diverse and inclusive great place to work. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process.

Find out more about working at Thames Water.

When a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of Team Thames, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to support our customers on the frontline as an ambassador. Full training will be given for what is undoubtedly an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business, meet colleagues and earn some extra money along the way.  

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.