Apprentice Scientist

Recruiter
United Utilities Plc
Location
Ullswater House, Lingley Green Avenue, Lingley Mere Business Park, Warrington, WA5 3LP
Salary
£13,500.00 annually
Posted
09 Feb 2021
Closes
07 Mar 2021
Ref
VAC001681160
Specialism
Science / Research
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
September
Duration
Permanent
As a scientist, you'll learn key scientific skills and how to ensure that the water that comes out of the tap is of the highest quality.

Help keep taps flowing and toilets flushing across the North West

At United Utilities we're proud to be essential every day, and our people are essential too.

Come and join us on our apprenticeship scheme and you'll be given the training and development to take that first step onto the career ladder, supported by the United Utilities family.

What makes us different?
  • Secure your future - every apprentice is guaranteed a permanent position at the end of their scheme*
  • It's a springboard to your career - we provide you with structured training, a dedicated mentor and quality placements to help you shape your career
  • Inspire the next generation - you'll have the opportunity to represent United Utilities at key events across the region to engage with young people to bring careers in the water industry to life
  • A bit more about the role

As a scientist, you'll learn key scientific skills and how to ensure that the water that comes out of the tap is of the highest quality. Therefore, ensuring our water is of the quality our customers have learnt to expect.

No two days are ever the same in our science department. Our talented team are always on the go as they work to ensure that the water that reaches our customers is always of the same high standard.

As a science apprentice, you'll have the chance to join the team and learn key scientific skills, while studying and working towards a rewarding career in the water industry.

During your five-year apprenticeship, you'll have the chance to get to grips with lots of different systems and activities that take place in our science department, including Ion Chromatography, Colorimetry and Spectrometry.

Successful apprentices will achieve a Laboratory Science (Bachelor's Degree) Level 6 by the Science Council at Registered Scientist (RSci) level and endorsed by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

During your apprenticeship you'll learn:
  • How to work as part of a dedicated team focused on ensuring our water quality stays at the highest level
  • How to work with a wide range of equipment and systems, as well as follow the company's rigorous health and safety standards

What we are looking for:

We're looking for someone who's keen to gain hands on experience, develop practical skills and achieve the qualifications needed to really succeed in your role.

You'll have a dedicated mentor and manager who'll be on hand to support you every step of the way. All that we ask from you is that you're willing to learn, know how to work as part of a team and can manage your time and workload to get things done.

You'll also need to have 5 GCSEs or equivalent, grades A-C or grades 9-4, which must include Maths, English Language and a science or technology subject.

Hold relevant level 3 qualifications including Chemistry or Biology providing the appropriate number of UCAS points for entry to a level 6 Higher Education programme (3 A-levels Grade C or above, or equivalent).

What you'll get from us:
  • Rewarding essentials - there's lot of perks to the job, including a starting salary of £13,500 which will increase each year based on performance
  • Be the best you can be - you'll get involved in all sorts of training and fun activities with your fellow apprentices
  • An environment to be proud of - we're a responsible employer committed to developing our young talent in state of the art facilities
  • Be part of the family - you'll have the chance to network, bond and learn from your colleagues and fellow apprentices

*As long as you meet all necessary standards and behaviour criteria throughout the programme We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • We're looking for someone who's keen to gain experience, develop practical skills and achieve the qualifications needed to really succeed in your role
  • You'll have a dedicated mentor and manager who'll be on hand to support you every step of the way
  • All that we ask from you is that you're willing to learn, know how to work as part of a team and can manage your time and workload to get things done


Personal qualities

  • Customer focused
  • Integrity
  • Innovative
  • Team player
  • Good communicator
  • Ambitious


Desired qualifications

  • You'll also need to have 5 GCSEs or equivalent, grades A-C, or grades 7-4which must include maths, English and a science or technology subject
  • Hold relevant level 3 qualifications including Chemistry or Biology providing the appropriate number of UCAS points for entry to a level 6 Higher Education programme (3 A-levels Grade C or above, or equivalent)


Future prospects

Upon completion of your apprenticeship and meeting the behaviours required, you will progress into a permanent post that matches with the role you have trained for. Further prospects within the business depends on you, and your desire to succeed. Annual appraisals are a key driver to spot talent, which enables development opportunities and career mapping.

Things to consider

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

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