Please note the minimum requirements for this role are: 5 GCSE’s grade C or above and 2 A Levels, Grade C or above (or predicted grades) including Chemistry. If you already have a degree in a science related programme, you are unfortunately not eligible for this programme.
What is the purpose of the role?
We are passionate about providing a quality service to our customers. Joining our Research, Development & innovation team you’ll undergo a formal Level 6 apprenticeship in chemistry through workplace learning. You’ll work towards becoming a Research Scientist at the end of the programme, where we’ll continue to grow and develop you into our next generation of leaders. You’ll study for a degree in chemistry by day release at the Medway Campus of University of Greenwich.
What makes this role unique?
This is a great opportunity for anybody with a passion for science, looking to start a career in the Water Industry. It’s a chance to work towards a degree while gaining practical experience in a research environment, earning while you learn. You’ll get hands on experience 4 days a week and spend 1 day at Greenwich University a week gaining the theoretical background to your degree.
Continuously striving for excellence, we are giving you the chance to join a leading water organisation who supply an essential service to our 9 million drinking water customers and 15 million wastewater customers. This essential service continues to be, challenged by population growth, climate change and new legislation. We want to grow and develop our apprentices into our next generation of leaders, giving you a clear career path and commitment to your profession as a Research Scientist.
What will this role involve?
The Research, Development and Innovation (R, D&I) department tackles complex business challenges, delivering high quality research and development which is under-pinned by engineering and scientific excellence. The outputs and outcomes from R, D&I include enhanced insight into our asset base and operations that enable improvement in asset performance and reduce risk, and a range of innovative technical solutions that enable the business to achieve customer outcomes more efficiently and with improved resilience.
This team is full of curious minds who have a desire to understand the “Why”. As part of the team here you’ll need to have a similar mindset, an interest in testing and analysis and a keen eye from problem solving and discovering solutions.
This team has roles available in Reading, Berkshire and Kempton, Middlesex and you’ll get the most from your work here if you’re happy to visit a variety of sites and gain experience of multiple processes. There’s plenty to get involved in here including process modelling of various water and waste treatment processes at a variety of scales; supporting our process operating equipment, shadowing and taking part in our sampling processes, data analysis, development of solutions and technology and processing of health and safety checks as part of these processes.
You’ll develop a good understanding of the regulatory requirements. Ensuring that the service is delivered to time, cost and quality standards, whilst providing excellent customer service to everyone involved. The learning curve will be challenging and you’ll be given the opportunity to develop and grow throughout the apprenticeship.
What are we looking for?
Entry requirements for this Level 6 qualification are 5 GCSE’s grade C or above and 2 A Levels, Grade C or above (or predicted grades) to include Chemistry. A BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science will also be acceptable if you have not completed A-Levels. Please note that if you already have a scientific degree you will not be eligible for this apprenticeship.
While qualifications are important, it’s also essential you have a passion for science and the drive and motivation to manage your learning and working life. You’ll need to be incredibly well organised, have excellent time management skills and the determination to succeed. You’ll have great team working skills but also be able to work independently, putting customers at the heart of everything you do. You’ll be a champion for Health & Safety within the work place for both you and your colleagues, helping us maintain our great reputation. A driving licence is required for these roles.
Thames Water information
These roles are based in Reading, Berkshire and Kempton, Middlesex within the Research, Development and Innovation department. You’ll also receive 24 days holiday, pension and other benefits. Travel costs are covered for travel to and from your university studies.