Information for parents

There are so many options for your son or daughter to consider regarding their future and making the best choice at a young age is going to be a tough decision.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training which allows your son or daughter to earn while they learn, whilst working to government and Ofsted approved standards.

We have lots of different roles on offer, including the opportunity to work on big exciting projects in the engineering team, the chance to work on a treatment plant, cooking up a storm in our state-of-the-art labs, working in our head office or your child could find themselves out on the network fixing leaks.

Our apprentices are supported all the way through their apprenticeship with a dedicated mentor and manager.

We’ve got a great track record of employing our apprentices too. We recently gave all 42 apprentices from our last intake a full time job.

Why an apprenticeship at United Utilities?

  • Private healthcare scheme
  • Employee share buy scheme
  • Personal development opportunities throughout their career
  • Every apprentice is guaranteed a permanent position at the end of their scheme as long as they have met all necessary standards and behaviour criteria throughout the programme

On top of that, they'll also get:

Starting salary of £17,000 which increases annually

Dedicated mentor throughout their apprentice programme

26 days a year annual leave excluding bank holidays

Award winning pension scheme

Ofsted rated United Utilities as a GOOD training provider

State of the art training facilities


Hear from our apprentices and trainers themselves

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Meet Sarah

Hear why Sarah chose our quantity surveyor apprenticeship and how she has stepped outside her comfort zone and has grown in confidence.

Meet Shahbaz

Meet Shahbaz

Shahbaz is enjoying the variety an apprenticeship brings. He’s developing new skills and says he’s proud to work for a company that values diversity and inclusion. Find out more his experience as an apprentice.

Meet Paulina

Meet Paulina

After being made redundant, Paulina has discovered a new career as an apprentice and loves working in the North West. Find out more about her new career at United Utilities.

Meet Jamie

Meet Jamie

Jamie says what’s great about being an apprentice is he still has his independence while learning and working towards being a qualified process controller with industry recognised qualifications.

Click Meet Mohammed

Meet Mohammed

Mohammed is in the fourth year of his apprenticeship and has recently been named as a finalist in the BAME Apprenticeship Awards. Find out more about his experience and why he enjoys working a United Utilities.

Click - Meet Megan

Meet Megan

Megan has finished her apprenticeship and is in her sixth year at United Utilities. Find out more about her experience and how she has benefited from her apprenticeship.

Click  - Meet Charlotte

Meet Charlotte

Charlotte has just finished her four year apprenticeship, read about her experience here at United Utilities and how she's doing as a newly qualified Network Asset Engineer.

Meet Kathryn

Meet Kathryn

Hear about how Kathryn is training to work in our water network area and what she's learnt so far.

Meet Samie

Meet Samie

Hear from Samie about his journey at United Utilities as a field service engineer and the qualifications he has achieved since he started.

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Meet Matt

Matt has finished his apprenticeship and is in his fourth year at United Utilities. Read about his experience and how he has benefitted from his apprenticeship.

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Meet Tom

From a young age, Tom has always wanted to pursue a career in engineering. Hear about how Tom has found his first few months as an apprentice at United Utilities.

Meet Daniel

Meet Daniel

Hear from Daniel on how training to be a Mechanical Field Service Engineer is keeping his thirst for knowledge satisfied.

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Meet Chris

Hear about how Chris has progressed since completing his apprenticeship 14 years ago and his experience working at United Utilities.

Meet Rick

Meet Rick

Hear first-hand from one of our expert trainers on what makes a good mentor and why he loves his job here.

Take a tour of our state of the art training centre

Join Matt, one of our Technical Training Delivery Managers (and ex apprentice) on a tour of our training centre in Bolton that played a big part in us winning the Staff Development award at the recent Utility Week Awards.