Please note the minimum requirements for this role are: 5 GCSE’s grade C or above including Maths and English 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 science team you’ll undergo a formal Level 6 apprenticeship in chemistry through workplace learning. You’ll work towards becoming a Laboratory Analyst 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 an analytical laboratory, earning while you learn. You’ll get hands on experience 4 days a week and spend 1 day a week at University 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. We carry out over 2 million tests a year, through our labs in Reading. 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 Water Industry Scientist.
What will this role involve?
Based in our labs in Reading, Berkshire, you’ll be part of our chemistry team. You’ll get hands-on experience in the preparation and analysis of samples, for the determination of chemical parameters.
You’ll be using the latest technology in the field of analytical chemistry, including; Agilent GC & LC-MS, Thermo ICP-OES, Perkin Elmer ICP-MS, Skalar automation for physical chemistry analysis and Thermo Aquakem nutrient analysers. You’ll maintain and monitor method performance and system suitability and conduct trend analysis to identify and proactively address issues, minimising repeat analysis.
You’ll develop a good understanding of the Drinking Water Inspectorate, Environment Agency & UKAS 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 including Maths or English 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.
Thames Water information
This role is based in our labs in Reading, in the chemistry department. You’ll also receive 24 days holiday, pension and other benefits. Travel costs are covered for travel to and from your university studies.