• 5 November 2018

Turning apprenticeships into success

As members of the Technical Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC), Waterman offer students a fantastic opportunity to work in the real world whilst studying towards a nationally recognised qualification such as a Degree or BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) in engineering.

Our commitment to apprenticeships

As a business, we believe in the importance of bringing new talent into the industry and are actively working alongside organisations such as schools, colleges and universities, TAC, Southwark, Bexley and Lewisham Councils, Midland Metro Alliance, XLP, ACE, and Southwark Works (amongst others) to recruit the next generation of Engineers and develop our apprenticeship offering.

Nick Harrison, our Group Learning and Development Manager, explains; “We have built strong relationships with these organisations to develop our talent pipeline and lead the way for the future of engineering. Within this highly competitive industry, it is crucial we aim for the highest quality of apprenticeships to attract the most forward-thinking candidates.

Both myself and our staff are regularly engaging with students through career fairs, mock interview sessions and school liaison work in order to eliminate the common misconceptions that you need to be fully qualified to become an Engineer.”

Following the introduction of the Apprentice Levy in April 2017, whereby the UK government plans to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, we are working alongside local businesses in the construction and engineering sector to develop initiatives such as the Southwark Apprenticeship Standard which is being led by Southwark Council. Anna Bacon, our Regional Director for Infrastructure & Environment, has also been heavily involved in leading the development of a new Level 6 Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship Scheme to be brought out in 2019.

Starting your career today

With apprenticeships currently available within Civil and Building Services engineering, our Advanced Technician level (2-3 years) and Degree level (5 years) programmes allow candidates to work with highly experienced team members as they develop their skills, at the same time as creating a lasting legacy across the built environment.

Nick continues; “Our Apprentices have a driving passion for the work we do, gaining valuable experience whilst earning a competitive salary – and it doesn’t stop there. Many go on to have their expertise recognised worldwide through professional bodies such as ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers), IStructE (Institution of Structural Engineers) and CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers).”

We welcome candidates to our offices across the UK, so if you are looking to take your first steps towards a challenging yet fulfilling career, why not consider joining us?

For further information on our apprenticeships, please contact Nick Harrison or view our Apprenticeships at Waterman brochure.

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