Severn Trent recruits largest number of new apprentices - three times more than last year

22nd August 2016

FTSE 100, Midlands-based company Severn Trent has announced it has tripled its intake of apprentices this year, recruiting the largest number of fresh faces it has ever taken on.

The water company, which saw more than 800 people apply for its apprenticeship scheme, has recruited 80 brand new apprentices, who are all eager to make a splash in the water industry. The new apprentices will placed across the whole business, in various engineering, customer relations and digital roles. 

Amy Barber, new talent and development manager at Severn Trent, comments:  “We’re absolutely delighted to have 80 brand new apprentices on board. We took 28 last year so to fill an additional 52 places is great news. 

“With the water industry changing so much over the next few years, it really is an exciting time to join the company. Our new apprentices have come from a mix of backgrounds – some are entering the world of work for the first time and some are starting on a new career path, but everyone will have the opportunity to learn, while earning at the same time.

“In addition, this year is the first time we have apprentices joining us at degree level, as well as at advanced and higher level apprenticeships. And we’ve also given our apprentice scheme a boost – our new joiners will have visibility across the business, right from the start. They will be working across our region with experts, other apprentices and graduates, adapting quickly to the pace and scale of what we do so they’ll have the chance to make an impact right at the start of their career. We hope our apprentices will become experts in their field and have the scale of knowledge to become our future leaders.”

For more information and to apply for the scheme please visit


Notes to editors:

Severn Trent Water employs more than 5,000 people.

As part of the new apprentice scheme, we offer Advanced and Higher apprenticeships as well as an industry leading Digital/IS Degree Apprenticeship. 

Our four main role disciplines are:

•    Utilities Engineering Technician

•    Utilities Operation Technician

•    Asset Creation (Engineering) scheme

•    Digital/Information Systems schemeIn each discipline there are specific roles, such as mechanical, electrical and instrumentation control and automation technicians (ICA), as well as engineering and digital roles.Apprentices spend two to three years learning and developing their skills, both on the job and at college, while earning a competitive salary (£15,000) in 2016. 

To apply for the operational apprenticeship programme, candidates need to have the following:

•    At least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including Maths, English and ideally a science subject.

•    A full UK driving licence or the willingness to get one.

•    Ability to get to work and college independently – not all our sites are on public transport routes.

•    The full right to live and work in the UK (without restrictions)