Apprenticeships with Scottish Water

The Scottish Water Apprenticeships programme offers a variety of challenging and interesting roles at locations all across Scotland. Apprenticeships include Business Administration, Customer Service, Scientific and Technical. Depending on the specific role, it takes between 18 months and 4 years to complete the apprenticeship training. Upon completion, you will take on a specialist role within the organisation according to your area of experience.

Scottish Water is a publicly owned company, which answers to the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland. The company is the sole provider of water and waste water services to an area of over 30,000 square miles. This is the equivalent to one-third of the area of Britain. However, because Scotland has a longer coastline – over 6,800 miles – and a small and relatively dispersed population, this actually requires a large number of small water and waste water treatment works. Therefore, Scottish Water is actually the fourth largest water and waste water services provider in the UK.

The company provides 1.34 billion litres of drinking water every day to 5 million customers in 2.49 million households across Scotland. It also takes away more than 900 million litres of waste water, which treated before it is returned to the rivers and seas.

Scottish Water’s head office is in Dunfermline with principal offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Stepps and Inverness. The company employs almost 3,400 people, all across Scotland.

In addition to the Scottish Water Apprenticeships available for those who have completed their secondary school studies, the company also offers a range of work experience opportunities.

Work Experience:

Scottish Water run a schools work experience programme which provides educational and experiential work placements for young people. Work placement students in Scottish Water will be asked to carry out tasks much as an employee would, but with the emphasis on learning about the job and the company. The strategy is to promote the key skills that Scotland needs to shape the future by encouraging young people on placements to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.

Scottish Water has more than 60 trained coaches at 11 office locations who can support educational placements. Coaches are passionate about developing and supporting young people within this programme and are enthusiastic about achieving Scottish Water’s Vision: “Trusted to care for the water on which Scotland depends”.

Candidates interested in Work Experience with Scottish Water should visit the careers page of the website via the link below.


In addition to the Scottish Water Apprenticeships below, the company also offers a range of Graduate Jobs:

Scottish Water Graduate Jobs

Roles Available with Scottish Water

The Scottish Water Apprenticeships programme offers a variety of different roles across the business. The most common types of Apprenticeships available are:

  • Business Administration (18 months)
  • Customer Service
  • Scientific
  • Technical

Candidates interested in the Scottish Water Apprenticeships programme should check the website for details of other roles which are available from time to time.

Education Requirements for Scottish Water

To apply for a place on the Scottish Water Apprenticeships programme candidates will need to demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • 5 GCSEs
  • 2 A Levels (or a technical qualification, or 1 year’s technical experience).

Candidates should check the Scottish Water website for details of qualifications required for specific roles.

When can I apply for an apprenticeship at Scottish Water?

The Scottish Water Apprenticeships programme opens for applications in March each year. However, you can register your interest in an apprenticeship from February through a pre-registration process. Roles generally start in August.

However, outside of the main Apprenticeship intake each year, Scottish Water often has apprenticeships available throughout the rest of the year. Candidates should visit the Scottish Water website via the link below for details of current vacancies.

To find out more about this Apprenticeship at Scottish Water register now:

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