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Working closely with our operational teams, this scheme will accelerate your professional development, giving you the chance to stand out early on.

Thank you for your interest. We are no longer accepting applications for this programme, with the last date for applications submitted on Sunday 21st March 2021.

Apprentice Utilities Engineering Technician Level 3

Locations across the Severn Trent region

Apprenticeship Programme: Utilities Engineering Technician

Apprenticeship Level: 3 Advanced

Equivalent to: 2 A Levels

Programme Duration: 36 months


We have opportunities available across a variety of business areas across the Severn Trent region:


Responsible for the transportation and treatment of sludge. We convert 5.7 million of it each year into enough renewable energy to power over 60,000 homes and take 600,000 tonnes of recycled Biosolids out to farmland.

Location: Minworth

Discipline: Electrical & Mechanical

Green Power

Operate a diverse range of renewable energy generating assets across England and Wales. The majority of our power comes from food and crop anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, of which we have 8. We also have hydro, wind and solar power sites, which when operating at full capacity, produce almost 60MWs of power – That's is enough to power 115,000 homes each year! We split our company into three areas; Green Power North, Green Power South and our intermittent generating estate.

Location: North (Derby) and South (Chipping Norton)

Discipline: Electrical / Instrumentation Control and Automation

Severn Trent Services (STS)

Operate in a competitive market to deliver water and wastewater services across the UK. We have the national capability to give multi-site businesses the benefit and simplicity of dealing with a single supplier for all their locations.

Location: Flexible (will need to travel)

Discipline: Instrumentation Control and Automation

Water Treatment

Produce 1.9 billion litres of drinking water every day for our customers, and our primary focus is to do this safely. We also look after all our operational facilities sites and maintain our buildings and grounds.

Location: Little Eaton, Ogston, Shelton, Strongford, Trimpley and Whitacre (Warwickshire)

Discipline: Instrumentation Control and Automation

Waste Water Recycling

Look after the operations and maintenance of our sewage treatment works and pumping stations. We have high standards to meet when it comes to treating sewage - protecting and enhancing the environment is one of our biggest priorities

Location: Buxton, Belper/Alfreton, Clay Mills/Burton, Loughborough, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Leek/Staffordshire, Hayden/Cheltenham, Redditch

Discipline: Electrical and Mechanical

What you'll be doing

Having completed an intensive residential period of on-the-job training, where you’ll have gained a high level of technical knowledge to support your transition into operational placements, you’ll have the opportunity to start putting your skills to use. Our Utilities Engineering Technicians perform vital maintenance on equipment to ensure our sites and systems run efficiently and safely, as well as supporting other disciplines.

There are three main roles: Electrical; Mechanical; Instrumentation Control and Automation (ICA). Technicians can (where business need requires) be trained to work with wider responsibilities across some or all of the main roles. Examples of some activities are:

Utilities Engineering Technician – Mechanical

You’ll get to grips with core mechanical theory and principles, applying them to a range of complex systems, developing knowledge in fault diagnostics and repair of mechanical wastewater assets, carrying out essential repairs, and keeping us and our communities connected.

Utilities Engineering Technician – Electrical

You’ll find out about the intricate electrical networks that make our business flow. Installing, inspecting and maintaining them, you’ll ensure that our customers have a safe and reliable water supply. Maintaining industrial electrical equipment, specifically, fault finding, installation and routine maintenance on the industrial electrical equipment types and carrying out fault finding, installation and routine maintenance practices.

Utilities Engineering Technician – Instrumentation, Control and Automation (ICA)

You’ll learn how to assess, repair and overhaul vital instruments and control equipment. Diagnosing faults and designing solutions, the knowledge you develop will keep our business running. The reliable operation and good maintenance of electrical, instrumentation and automation assets are key to ensuring treatment plants and processes are operating efficiently whilst maintaining quality outputs. This can be challenging when continually changing conditions such as varying customer demand or changes in weather frequently occur.


The starting salary for this apprenticeship is £16,807.

How we'll support you

Training and Development

Your apprenticeship will allow you to develop the skills and experience that you’ll require to become an expert Maintenance Technican within our operational teams. During this time, you’ll combine on-the-job learning with formal, nationally recognised development training to gain your level 3 apprenticeship.

To help you drive and own your career progression, you’ll be supported by your Line Manager and/or Mentor to create your own personal development plan, which will be reviewed regularly in performance reviews.

This apprenticeship follows the apprenticeship standards set out by the Institute of Apprenticeships.

The skills applicants need

We’re looking for people who’ll demonstrate curiosity. You’ll be able to grasp and learn things quickly, learning from your own and others experience, to improve performance in the future. You’ll be someone who is motivated by a strong desire to succeed and excel in your apprenticeship, taking pride and ownership of appropriate tasks and actions, knowing that what you do, makes a difference to our customers. 

Developing knowledge and expertise during your apprenticeship, you'll be flexible in your approach, quickly taking on board new informationa and adapting well to change. Using this knowledge you will be able to inform robust solutions and decisions, demonstrating courage to see tasks through in their entirety. We show care to our colleagues and customers alike and you'll be someone who is able to successfully build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, drawing on these relationships to understand their drivers, needs and expectations.  

Wonderful for all

We’re building an inclusive company. We’ve created a culture that encourages all of our people to think of every single day as an opportunity to do something better.

Our most ambitious goals depend on forward-thinking ideas, no matter who they come from. As employers, we welcome people from all walks of life and promote diversity and inclusion.