Apprentice (Process Controller) United Utilities

Want to be part of building a greener, healthier and stronger North West? We’ll provide you with industry leading skills & the experience you’ll need to succeed in your career. As an apprentice process controller you'll be vital in ensuring our customers water is taken care of by learning how to operate & control our water treatment works.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 03 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Annual increase

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 4.00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

No two days are ever the same as an apprentice process controller.

During your 36 month programme, you’ll learn how to make our water treatment processes run smoothly by learning how to operate our systems and the equipment we use to deliver drinking water to our customers, making sure it complies with strict compliance regulations.

You’ll live and breathe the water industry so it’s important you’re willing to learn and gain an understanding of how we provide clean water for our customers.

You could also be dealing with our suppliers and contractors so you’ll need to have some good personal skills too.

What you’ll learn from us:

  • How to work as a team to ensure our water treatment works run smoothly and comply with strict health and safety and compliance regulations
  • How to follow our site procedures and standards to ensure that all of the processes that we use are working to their full potential

The training you will be getting

  • Successful apprentices will achieve a Level 3 Water Process Technician Standard which is endorsed by the Institute for Apprenticeships
  • Training will be Apprentice workplace and block release, during your first 12 months you'll spend 1 week per month at United Utilities

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Water Industry Treatment Process Technician

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Must include Maths, English and Science or Tech (Grade 5 GCSEs, grades A*-C or 9-4) Essential

About the employer

United Utilities is responsible for water and wastewater services in the North West of England. Our purpose is to provide great water and more for the North West. We deliver 1.8 billion litres of water a day to more than 3 million homes and businesses in the North West, as well as treating all the wastewater which disappears around the U-bend. Keeping the region flowing relies on a vast behind the scenes operation, involving hundreds of reservoirs, treatment works and pumping stations; thousands of kilometres of water pipes and sewers and a 5,000 strong workforce.


United Utilities


Glencoe Road

Great Sutton

Ellesmere Port

CH66 4NA

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Water industry treatment process technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 03 Mar 2024