Apprentice Project Manager - Beckton

  • Job Reference: 36862
  • Date Posted: 5 February 2024
  • Employer: Thames Water
  • Location: Beckton
  • Salary: £20,000
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent, Apprenticeship
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

We are passionate about providing a quality service to our customers and when joining our Capital Delivery team, you’ll get hands-on experience in the project life cycle, from receiving the solution to handing over completed projects to our Operations colleagues.  

You’ll work towards becoming a Project Manager at the end of the programme, where we’ll continue to grow and develop you into our next generation of leaders.

What you’ll be doing as a Project Manager Apprentice

You’ll be working with experienced Project Managers to develop your understanding and application of the Thames Water five-stage process for planning and delivering projects on time and within budget. You’ll maintain and monitor progress and performance and lead analysis to identify and proactively address issues and opportunities to do even better.

You’ll develop a good understanding of the Health and Safety, OFWAT, Drinking Water Inspectorate and Environment Agency requirements. You’ll develop your communication and engagement skills as you build meaningful relationships with stakeholders, ensuring that projects are delivered to time, cost and quality standards.  

Your degree program will help you learn transferable skills, including: 
  • Budgeting and cost management
  • Conflict management
  • Communication
  • Earned value management
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Procurement
  • Sponsorship
  • Teamwork
As part of your apprenticeship programme, you’ll study the relevant project management degree through the University of Cumbria for 1 day a week to gain the theoretical background to your degree, this is delivered virtually with the occasional face-to-face delivery in Lancaster. We will support your attendance by paying for your accommodation and travel expenses in line with our travel guidelines and business expense policy.

You will also achieve an Association of Project Management (APM) Qualification. It’s a chance to work towards a degree while gaining practical experience in a project management environment, earning while you learn.

The learning curve will be challenging, and you’ll be allowed to develop and grow throughout the apprenticeship. As a result, after a short time, you could be leading major projects.

Start date: 2nd September 2024

Base Location: Beckton Sewer Treatment Works IG11 0AD

Working hours: 36

Programme Length: 48 Months

Training provider details: University of Cumbria

Other immediate demands: A full UK driving licence (If using your vehicle, you will require business use on your insurance policy at your own cost) 

Entry Requirements for this apprenticeship include:
At least 5 GCSEs grade C or above in Maths or English and 3 A Levels or equivalent Level 3 BTEC (equivalent 96 UCAS points). 

Don’t worry if you don’t have your grades yet, if you are due to sit your exams this year, we still want to hear from you if your predicted grades meet our requirements.   
 
What you should bring to the role
  • Possess the drive and motivation to manage your learning and working life. 
  • Be focused, and well organised, have excellent time management skills and the dedication to succeed.  
  • Be a logical thinker and have a passion for finding solutions. 
  • Be able to quickly engage and build rapport with a project team, technical specialists and contractors. 

What’s in it for you?  

It’s a chance to work towards a degree while gaining practical experience in a project management environment, earning while you learn. 
  • Competitive starting salary of £20,000.
  • Annual Leave : 24 days holiday. (Plus bank holidays)  
  • Contributory pension – Defined Contribution - Maximum of 12% -2x employee contribution.
  • Personal Medical Assessments – Open to all once a year.
  • Wider benefits scheme including our benefits hub, which is packed full of offers and information to save you money and support your wellbeing.

Who are we?  

At Thames Water, our purpose is crystal clear - to deliver life’s essential service so our customers, communities and planet can thrive.  
 
Water is life’s great leveller. Every living thing needs it, every single day. From people to plants, birds to bees, farms to factories, we all need it to thrive, and we’re committed to taking care of it for us all.  
 
But keeping water flowing is becoming harder. From scorching summers to wetter winters, extreme weather affects everything from our pipes to our local rivers. We must keep millions more kettles boiling, public services operating, washing machines spinning, showers running and more, so every drop is more precious than ever. Are you ready to play your part?  

Working at Thames Water  

At Thames Water, we recognise that people are at the heart of our business. To help us succeed in providing life's essential service, we need a range of skills and capabilities, representative of society throughout our business.  

We seek to attract and retain a cultural mix of people who can offer different but complementary attitudes, values, talents, and knowledge. We understand the importance of appreciating and harnessing the unique skills, experiences, backgrounds, and differences that each individual brings.  

Our over-arching diversity and inclusion aim is to ensure Thames Water is a diverse and inclusive great place to work. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process.  

Find out more about working at Thames Water.  

When a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of Team Thames, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to support our customers on the frontline as an ambassador. Full training will be given for what is undoubtedly an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business, meet colleagues and earn some extra money along the way.  

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.