skip to main content skip to accessibility policy


Hear from the Apprentices

Hear from the Apprentices

Hear what project engineering apprentice Rachael McCreery has learnt during her time at Wessex Water:

Why did you choose to be an apprentice, rather than go to university or straight into work without any additional training?
I wanted to gain experience while continuing with my education, putting into practice what I was learning.

What was it about engineering that made you choose it as a career?
Engineering is such a broad subject, with so many opportunities to branch into other roles and sectors.

What has been the most beneficial part of the apprenticeship for you?
On the job experience while getting my first class honours degree in civil engineering.

Where do you hope to be by the time you're 40?
A project manager designing and building multi-million pound sewage treatment schemes.

How would you describe, to a young person, what your company does?
Wessex Water manages and supplies water, from getting it to taps in your home, to dealing with the waste water when you flush your toilet or after you’ve had a shower.

What is the most interesting project you've worked on?
Designing and site engineering the multi-million pound upgrade of Shepton Mallet sewage treatment works.

What advice would you give a 16 year old thinking about engineering as a career?
If you are good at maths and would like a varied career with opportunities around the world and at home, then consider one of the many disciplines engineering can offer.


The Wessex Water Apprenticeship Programme

Our engineering apprenticeship scheme offers the opportunity to gain a wide range of skills and experience and achieve a professional qualification.

This four-year Level 4 NVQ apprenticeship comprises the following six elements:

  • Level 3 NVQ extended diploma in engineering maintenance (mechanical or electrical)
  • Level 3 NVQ technical certificate
  • performing engineering operations Level 2 NVQ
  • functional/key skills at Level 2 NVQ
  • personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS) qualification
  • employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) qualification.

The minimum qualifications needed for this apprenticeship are one or more of the following:

  • five GCSEs with grades A* to C in English, maths and science
  • an intermediate level apprenticeship framework
  • a diploma in engineering
  • a young apprenticeship in engineering.

The selection process includes an initial assessment covering basic numeracy, literacy and spatial awareness followed by an interview.

Please click here for further details

Apprenticeship Hub

Apprenticeship Hub

Discover how far you can go with an apprenticeship
Read more

Skills Junction

Skills Junction

Search for education and training opportunities
Read more