Scottish Water launches biggest ever apprenticeships drive

Apprentice Alex Cleland inspecting a water tank in Airngarth.

Scottish Water has launched its bigger ever apprenticeship recruitment drive, to coincide with Scotttish Apprenticeship week from March 6 to 10.

The utility company is seeking Modern, Technical and Graduate Apprentices for 60 trainee positions right across Scotland, from Castle Douglas in the south up to Shetland in the north.

Opportunities are available in project management, engineering, water treatment, wastewater treatment, electrical and mechanical, science, property & estates, and business administration.

Linda Brown, strategic resourcing manager at Scottish Water, said Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which has the theme that apprenticeships are unlocking potential in people and businesses, was the perfect time to highlight how both apprentices and organisations benefit from trainee programmes.

She added Scottish Water was committed to helping apprentices reach their full potential, by giving them first-class training and mentoring on its programmes. 

“We'll invest in their development, and they’ll earn nationally recognised qualifications,” said Ms Brown.

“Our apprenticeships are an example of Scottish Water’s purpose in action – to support a flourishing Scotland. 

“They enable people from diverse backgrounds and abilities to gain work and life skills, whilst earning and thriving in their job. 

“They also ensure that we develop the skills Scottish Water, and the wider Scottish economy, will need in the years to come - a true win-win.” 

Scottish Water is one of only eight businesses, and the only utility, in Scotland to have achieved the coveted Investors in Young People – Platinum standard, making the company a leading ambassador for employing young people.

The water company’s apprenticeship campaign underlines its commitment to the youth talent pipeline. 

Andrew Hamilton, specialist consultant (recruitment), said developing the skills and people that a sustainable water industry in Scotland needs for the future was a huge priority for the firm. 

“Our apprenticeship programmes, for example, help to ensure we have specific skills in areas such as water or wastewater treatment, engineering, laboratory science, electrical and mechanical engineering and trainee management,” he said.

“These programmes will enable us to maintain our extensive operational infrastructure for many years to come. 

“We also have extensive graduate programmes which are essential in developing our future management capability and some very specialist water industry-related skills.

“We are really excited about the launch of our 2023 campaign and would encourage everyone to apply.”

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