Laboratory Higher Apprenticeship - Chemistry

Thames Water Utilities Limited
Spencer House, Manor Farm Road, Reading, RG2 0JN
£323.00 per week
11 Mar 2019
11 Apr 2019
Science / Research
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
What is the purpose of the role?

We are passionate about providing a quality service to our customers. Joining our laboratory team you'll undergo a formal Level 5 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 an HND by remote learning.

What makes this role unique?

This is a great opportunity for anybody looking to start a career in the Water Industry. It's a chance to work towards a HND while gaining practical experience in an analytical laboratory, earning while you learn.

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 14 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?

We have two apprenticeship vacancies based in our labs in Reading, Berkshire. You'll be based in our chemistry team. You'll getexperience 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 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. You'll maintain and monitor method performance and system suitability and conduct trend analysis to identify and proactively address issues, minimising repeat analysis. The learning curve will be challenging and you'll be given the opportunity to develop and grow throughout the apprenticeship.

Thames Water information and salary details

This role is based in our labs in Reading, in the chemistry department. The starting salary will be £16,800 with studies funded by Thames Water. You'll also receive 24 days holiday, pension and other benefits.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Passion for Science
  • Logical thinking
  • Organisational
  • Team working
  • Ability to take ownership of workload and learning.

Personal qualities

While qualifications are important, it's also essential you have a passion for chemistry 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.

Desired qualifications

Entry requirements for this Level 5 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.

Future prospects

You are guaranteed a permanent role with us on completion of the programme subject to meeting the course and business requirements.

Things to consider

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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