This Modern Apprenticeship is for employees who are entering the water industry or existing staff who want to develop their existing skills. They can be involved in the industry directly, or as part of the extensive supply chain of partners, alliances and contractors.
It’s particularly relevant to independent contractors looking after the sewers and drains throughout Scotland.
Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or Level 6. Their qualification will include:
Leakage Detection at SCQF Level 5
Network Construction Operations (Water) – Repair and Maintenance at SCQF Level 5
Network Construction Operations (Water) – Main Laying Distribution at SCQF Level 5
Network Construction Operations (Water) – Main Laying Self-lay at SCQF Level 5
Network Construction Operations (Water) – Service Laying Distribution at SCQF Level 5
Network Construction Operations (Water) – Service Laying Self-lay at SCQF Level 5
Diploma in Sewerage and Drainage Operations – Water Jetting Operative at SCQF Level 5
Diploma in Sewerage and Drainage Operations – Sewerage Investigative CCTV Operative at SCQF Level 5
Diploma in Sewerage and Drainage Operations – Sewerage Repair & Maintenance Operative at SCQF Level 5
Water Industry Operations at SCQF Level 6
Designing Water Networks at SCQF Level 6
Controlling Process Operations at SCQF Level 6
Leakage Control (Water) at SCQF Level 6
Network Construction Operations (Water) at SCQF Level 6
To do the apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5, there are no formal requirements. To start at SCQF Level 6, candidates should have qualifications at Standard Grades, National level 4 or 5, or equivalent qualifications.
For both levels, candidates should demonstrate maturity and motivation. They should have an interest in pursuing a career in the water industry.
Candidates must be willing to undergo health screening to check for waterborne diseases.
Progression and development
The qualification at SCQF Level 5 prepares apprentices for the following types of roles:
sewerage investigative CCTV operative
sewerage water-jetting operative
sewerage repair and maintenance operative
sewerage trenchless technology operative
Employees will have the skills to progress onto the water industry Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6. Or they can start working towards one of the following qualifications:
Higher National Certificate (HNC) in civil engineering
SCQF Level 7 professional development awards
Water Operations: Waste Water Processes
Water Operations: Drinking Water Processes
Water Operations: Water Distribution and Utilisation
When they complete the apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6, employees could progress onto further development programmes, including:
Water Operations: Waste Water Processes at SCQF Level 7
Water Operations: Drinking Water Processes at SCQF Level 7
Water Operations: Water Distribution and Utilisation at SCQF Level 7
Selected related programmes at SQCF Level 8
Civil engineering HNC
degree in utilities management
Masters in utilities management
specific industry training leading to professional qualifications or awards
The SCQF Level 6 qualification prepares apprentices for the following types of roles:
leakage field technician
network design technician
water distribution technician
water fittings inspector
process operations technician
network construction technician
process operations supervisor
How does it work?
Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.
Cost and funding
We contribute towards training costs
We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.
The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.
An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.
Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.
Who pays the apprentice?
Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.
How long will it take?
It will take 12 to 24 months to complete.