Project Management Degree Apprenticeship Office of Water Services (OFWAT)

Ofwat are delighted to launch their first-degree apprenticeships in 2024. We want to invest in our future. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to apply to and get a fully sponsored project management degree (no need to rack up any student debt) with Exeter university and start on a competitive salary.

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Closing date: 03 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Excellent employer pension contributions. 25 days’ annual leave (increasing to 30 with each year of service) plus bank holidays and an extra 2.5 days of privilege leave. Flexible working arrangements that suit your lifestyle

  • Working week

    This post is full-time (37 hours per week), flexible working

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Over the 3.5 years you will get to know Ofwat well and have the opportunity to support work in two of our teams Major projects and Rapid, you'll be able to apply the theory you learn at university and put into practice in your day to day role.

You will be given the opportunity to support and lead on interesting internal and external projects over your apprenticeship, gaining more responsibility for projects over the course of your program. You will be working on projects that will make a difference to the water sector.

You will be supported throughout your program by your people leader, mentor/ buddy, Early Careers partner and university. On your 3.5 year journey you will learn the technical skills on the job, the theory at university and the soft skills with regular internal training sessions throughout the year with your cohort.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with other apprentices and colleagues and early career professionals across the regulatory industry.

The training you will be getting

We have partnered with Exeter university for this program, the apprenticeship will be delivered in a blended approach, both online and on campus.

On successful completion, apprentices will gain the following Qualifications:

  • L6 Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship
  • BSc (Hons) Project Management
  • International Project Management Association (IPMA) Level D qualification
  • CMI Level 5 Certificate in Project Management

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Over the three years you will get to know Ofwat well and have the opportunity to support work in two of our teams Major projects and Rapid, you'll be able to apply the theory you learn at university and put into practice in your day to day role.

We hope you will work your way from Business support to Associate whilst on the apprenticeship programme. On sucessful completion of your apprenticeship we will be supporting you with making the next step in your career to Senior Associate. Business support/ Associate/ Senior Associate refer to Ofwat's specefic bands. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Embodies all our values-SAILOR, Committed Learner, Listening Skills, Collaboration


A Level or equivalent Any (Grade BBB) Essential

Things to consider

Throughout the selection process, we will be looking for evidence of the skills listed and our SAILOR values. (Support, Ambition, Integrity, Learning, Ownership, Respect)

About the employer

We’re Ofwat, the Water Services Regulation Authority – a non-ministerial government department responsible for regulating the water sector in England and Wales. As the economic regulator of water and wastewater companies in England and Wales, our role is to enable, incentivise and hold companies to account for providing the very best for customers, communities and the environment now and in the future. We also oversee the markets in the water sector to ensure they’re working for customers. We are at the source of everyday life. We help the sector build trust and confidence with customers, the environment and wider society: keeping water flowing, bills affordable and helping ensure the health of our rivers and waterways. We push hard to improve day-to-day water company performance for customers, including on leakage, sewer flooding and customer service. We drive the sector to take a longer-term view and to take steps now to protect and enhance the environment, using digital and data innovations and making sure our water supplies are secure for future generations. Through our five-yearly price reviews, we oversee billions of pounds of investment into the water sector across England and Wales. Our Time to Act strategy sets out our ambition for the water sector and the role we play in achieving it. Our values reflect our ambition, our commitment to learning, to acting with purpose and integrity, continuously improving so that we make the greatest contribution possible to improving life through water. Our work is high-profile and fast-moving, within a dynamic and agile environment. The work that you’ll be involved in every day will help us to deliver our strategy, to make us the regulator we want to be and help the sector to deliver for customers and society. Our values underpin everything we do. They help us to deliver and maintain an inclusive culture where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work. And they've made a difference. In our latest people survey 92% of our people said they are treated with respect by the people they work with. We’re forward-thinking, creative, innovative, and ambitious. We constantly push the boundaries and embrace new ways of working. With us, your work matters, your voice is heard, and your impact is felt. Ours is a culture of trust, flexibility, autonomy, collaboration, and innovation. We all want positive change for water customers, the environment, and the future of water. But for us, change is more than what happens on the outside – we’ve always pushed boundaries internally, too. From becoming the first Civil Service organisation to achieve ‘Smarter Working’ status, to gaining our prestigious ‘Smarter Working Maturity’ award, we’ve consistently demonstrated our commitment to embracing innovative ways of working. Our people do their best work when given freedom over where, when, and how they work. Which is why we trust our teams to balance meaningful collaboration in the office with the flexibility of working from home.


Office of Water Services (OFWAT)


Centre City House

7 Hill Street


B5 4UA


Elizabeth Savage

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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

Project manager (integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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

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