Apprenticeships and Graduates Room

All our Functions regularly recruit Graduates & Apprentices at all age points, not just school leaver.

NI Water recognises that our people are our most valuable asset, and we need the right mix of experienced colleagues and new graduates and apprentices who will become the Managers and Leaders of the future.

Apprenticeships play a key role in our success in delivering life’s essential service to our customers, and we have a great track record in taking apprentices on and helping them develop their careers.

Hear the experiences from some of our apprentices below

Aaron Heywood

Erin Tennyson

Stephen Tait

Ben Galbraith

More information on our apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships

Lab Technician Apprenticeship

We’re looking for bright sparks to join our team. You’ll need to be passionate about learning and committed to the full apprenticeship, which will take up to five years if you’d like to be qualified to degree-level.

You’ll be part of a fantastic scientific team, managing your own time and learning on the job. Throughout the programme you’ll receive feedback on how you’re doing and you’ll be able to use this to further develop your skills and experience.

The detail
Joining our laboratory team, you’ll work towards becoming a Laboratory Analyst. You’ll take care of some of the most important water quality tests in the world, getting hands-on experience with sample prep and analysis, and using the latest technology in the field of analytical chemistry.

To support your learning, you’ll also undergo a formal apprenticeship programme and HND qualifications.

The learning curve will be challenging, exciting and rewarding. And you’ll be earning at the same time!

This apprenticeship is perfect for people who have finished their A-Levels and are keen for a route to starting out on a scientific career.

Technical Apprenticeship

We’re looking for amazing problem solvers to join our team. This apprenticeship is perfect for people who are hands-on and love to know how things work.

The detail
We offer two Technical Apprenticeships, Water & Waste Water Operations and Mechanical & Electrical (M/E).

Our Water & Waste Water Operations apprenticeships will make sure you gain hands-on experience and knowledge in maintaining and repairing the water network infrastructure, to provide a reliable supply/service to domestic, commercial and industrial users.

Your on the job training will be supported by a Level 2 and Level 3 CABWI (Certification and Assessment Board for the Water Industry) Qualification in Water and Waste Water Operations and on completion you will be able to both assess how our processes are performing and correct any faults you may come across along the way.

Mechanical & Electrical Apprenticeship (M/E)

This is a really hands-on role, so you’ll probably have a knack for taking things apart and fixing them! Our technology and equipment is huge and this apprenticeship offers an exciting opportunity to learn and develop your skills and knowledge on some exciting and important projects.

You will complete a Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ in Mechanical Engineering, alongside gaining practical experience on our sites. The training will be an integrated, blended delivery with a flexible approach to learning.

Contacting our apprenticeship team
At an entry level you will bring fresh perspective and thinking, you will work in a fast paced and dynamic sector and have a career with real purpose helping to tackle climate change and delivering fresh, clean water to our communities in Northern Ireland. Click below to speak to one of our team about upcoming Apprenticeship programs.

Apprentice Academy

The NI Water Graduate Programme offers development across specific areas of our business, backed up by on-the-job role placements.

There are regular graduate intakes which we advertise on our jobs and careers websites. If you register your interest via the Careers Site we will contact you when the next programme starts for your area of interest.

We have specific pathways in Operations, Scientific Services, Engineering, Finance, Digital and Asset Management. You’ll be working between one of our treatment works or offices anywhere in Northern Ireland supported hybrid by remote working.

For support roles we accept all degree disciplines. For specialised programmes, you’ll need a relevant degree with a minimum grade of 2:2 (or be on track to achieve this grade).

Our graduate programmes run for two to three years, depending on the pathway you choose. We’ll support you throughout to gain the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed and progress.

NI Water will soon embark on the biggest capital investment programme in its history.  Just over £2 billion is projected to be spent on water and wastewater assets over the next 6 years.  NI Water needs mechanical, electrical, civil and process engineers along with scientists, data analysis and environmental modellers.  Opportunities will also arise for more apprentices and graduates along with the valuable support from our professional support services team.  Come and join the team and get involved in some of the biggest infrastructure projects in Northern Ireland.

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