Parents and guardians

Parents and Guardians

Apprenticeship and work experience placements offer a great opportunity for young people to gain knowledge and skills.

It is also an opportunity for our colleagues across the business to share the skills and experience they have gained over many years.

Work experience

Each work experience placement is structured to give each student an interesting and interactive week within our business.

With sites, plants and offices based across our region, the student may need their parent/guardian to transport them to and from their work placement.

A student attending a work experience placement will receive information from our early careers coordinator. 

For more information about the opportunities for students at Wessex Water, go to work experience.


For many school leavers an apprenticeship is a great way to enter the workplace and learn valuable skills and experience.

We appoint young people to our apprenticeship programme only if there is a strong likelihood of employment at the end of the programme for the right candidates.

Regardless of a student’s grades our apprenticeship programmes are offered from Level 2 (GCSE level) up to degree level.

Our apprenticeship programme aims to develop holistic employees which means that soft skills and character are as important as technical ability.

We will work closely with the apprentice when they are appointed to make sure the right support is in place.

Our early careers adviser (ECA) provides a single point of contact for an apprentice and can offer guidance in non-technical aspects of the role.

If the apprentice has issues at work, we encourage them to talk with their ECA as well as their parent/guardian.

We recognise that building relationships and understanding employment requirements will be part of the learning for many young apprentices. 

Thomas was selected to become a young learner apprentice with yourselves and what an impact you have made to his life. He enjoys his work and always talks about his work colleagues in a positive manner. You have been supportive not only to Thomas but us as a family specifically through family hardship when times were difficult. You have given him an outlet in life that he couldn’t see before he started the apprenticeship. Throughout this apprenticeship I have noticed the changes in Thomas and I can see a bright future.

What do we look for?

We love it when you contact us asking about a work experience placement or an apprenticeship.

When a parent/guardian contacts us, we will usually ask for the student’s contact details and ask them to get in touch directly.

Making the initial contact with us is a great learning and development opportunity for them.

Although some of our apprenticeships require good grades in English and maths, this isn’t a requirement for all.

Personality and work ethic are important as well as these key attributes:

  • the ability to work in a team
  • speaking and listening
  • enthusiasm
  • attention to detail
  • hard working
  • willing to work in a busy environment
  • awareness of good customer service.

Our assessment processes are designed to ensure every young person has the opportunity to shine. Activities cover online assessments, teamwork and individual activities, as well as written assessments, and one-to-one conversations. 

What are the benefits

Young people joining Wessex Water as an apprentice can be guaranteed that their training is in great hands.

We work with two leading regional colleges - Weston College and Bridgwater and Taunton College - to develop engaging programmes using the expertise of college staff and vocational excellence within Wessex Water.

We are a registered government employer training provider and centre for CABWI qualifications.

All apprenticeship contracts are fixed term and are covered by Wessex Water’s usual terms and conditions of employment.

These include:

  • a salary higher than the apprenticeship minimum wage
  • travel costs covered
  • driving lessons funded where required for the job role
  • 24 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays.


We are committed to a culture where everyone belongs and thrives. We celebrate diversity – it’s good for all of us.

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Lifestyle, health, financial and community-related incentives are among the benefits available if you join us.

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We’ll help you to gain the essential skills, knowledge and development you need for your future career with us.