Apprentice Civil Engineering - Water



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Annual wage £15,500.00
37.5 hours per week Monday - Friday. Shifts TBC by employer at interview.
duration: 36 months
start: 1 September 2020
Advanced(level 3)
Civil Engineering Technician Level 3 (A level) (apprenticeship standard)
29 May 2020 (application closing date)
In this role, you will get to be involved in a variety of flooding and drainage related projects across the whole of the UK. Involvement can range from GIS data analysis and reporting to site-based surveys for national road schemes.


As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.

We can offer you the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most exciting engineering and design projects. We invest in your learning and development and we value the ideas and innovation you could bring to our work. So, if you’re ready, we can’t wait to get you involved.

Firstly though, we thought you’d like to know how our Apprenticeship Development Programme works. An apprenticeship enables you to earn a salary whilst you are studying for nationally recognised qualifications. You’ll get to work alongside and learn from our experts who have a wide range of knowledge and experiences to share with you, with a programme designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills for a successful career with us.  We understand that all apprentices are different. Therefore, we tailor your training and development to help you to achieve your own personal goals. You’ll undertake a supervised programme of in-company training and college teaching. 

You will study towards a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A-Levels) over a 2-3-year period on a day release basis.

All in a Day’s work:

There’s no such thing as a typical day at WSP. Your role will be varied, and your learning will be fast paced. One day can be completely different to the next. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills using specialist software suited to the area of the business you are working in.  You may be involved with taking concepts and ideas from architects or engineers and creating software drawings and designs.

In this role you will get to be involved in a variety of flooding and drainage related projects across the whole of the UK. Involvement can range from GIS data analysis and reporting to site-based surveys for national road schemes. 

Duties to include:

  • Design - Assisting in the development of technical solutions by producing design models, calculations, reports and drawings, surveying a site, using appropriate analysis and relevant codes
  • Analysis - Using appropriate software systems and other data gathering tools and tests to solve technical problems
  • Project delivery - Contributing to planning, managing work schedules, budgets and deadlines and ensuring outputs comply with client and industry specifications, standards and guidance
  • Site engineering - Operating quality systems and Health, Safety and Risk Management procedures and checking specified technical aspects of site activities

Where practical, you’ll get the opportunity to visit site and see the projects you’ve been working on, coming to life.

Future Prospects

Across our offices in the UK, we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture.  One of the keyways that we celebrate this is through our social committees and the events they organise. Some of these events have included office Olympics; go karting outings, BBQ's and opera trips.

You could also become part of our Professional Growth Network (PGN). The PGN is a networking group run by early career professionals for early career professionals. It helps to grow your network of contacts across the UK business as well as providing you with opportunities for extra experience to support you in achieving chartered status or other professional accreditations. PGN activities include lunchtime talks, site visits, inter-office quizzes and sporting events.

As this is a permanent position, after gaining your Level 3 qualification, WSP will continue to be committed to your learning and development throughout your career with us. You will have the opportunity to get Chartered status with the relevant Institution, as well as the chance to study towards a Degree/Masters.

Reality Check

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home or having flexible start and finish times will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

How long does the process take?

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 48 hours of applying. We work hard to match you to the most suitable apprenticeship, taking into account your preferences in our business.  Our recruitment process can vary depending on the team you are matched to, but the majority of applications are progressed to interview or assessment centre within 2-3 months.  It might be helpful to know that the whole process can last up to 8 months in total. We will aim to keep you informed throughout the time that your application is being considered.

Skills Required

To be a Civil Engineering Technician you should:

  • Be good at maths and physics 
  • Be creative and practical 
  • Be adaptable and persevering 
  • Be interested in using computers for design work, calculations, and testing designs 
  • Be able to produce neat and accurate technical drawings 
  • Be able to think in a methodical way to design, plan and organise projects 
  • Work well with other people
  • Be able to organise the work of others

Qualities Required

  • You’ll be enthusiastic with the curiosity and creativity to think outside of the box
  • You’ll want to stretch and inspire us, communicating any new ideas you have and keep everyone in the loop
  • You’ll enjoy working in a team environment, sharing ideas and collaborating with colleagues 

Qualifications Required

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades C/5 or above (or equivalent) which must include English, maths and science with at least a grade B/6 in maths (or equivalent).

Training Provided

Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) to be studied at College on a day release basis over 2 years
  • Portfolio of Competence
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
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