Waste Water Process Operator Level 2 Apprenticeship at Southern Water

Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Intermediate Level (Level 2)
£14,000 - £15,999
31st July 2021
Role May Involve:
Engineering & Manufacturing

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Waste Water Process Operator Level 2 Apprenticeship

Annual Salary: £15,500

Why have a career in Water?

Without water, life as we know it would be impossible. Every day, we rely on it for drinking, washing and cleaning. It helps create the energy we need for heat and light. It’s also essential to the products we enjoy and the natural world we depend upon.

Yet the South East faces a future of more people and less water. Our population is growing fast, and climate change is bringing greater risk of both drought and flooding.

In the water industry, your work will help to address these challenges and give people access to sustainable, high-quality water and wastewater services for decades to come.

The South East is also home to over 700 miles of coastline, two National Parks, four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and some of the world’s rarest chalk streams. As well as working within these breath-taking environments, your activities will help preserve them for generations to come.

Each day, over four million people across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight count on us for their essential water or wastewater services. Our work is vital, because we’re providing water for life.

Why start your career with Southern Water?

Do you want to make a difference? At Southern Water, you work will help to enhance health and wellbeing, protect and improve the environment and sustain the economy. You’ll also play an important role in helping us deliver a resilient water future for the South East.

Are you a natural collaborator with a strong moral compass and high standards? If so, you’ll fit right in. Everything we do is underpinned by three values: succeeding together, doing the right thing and always improving.

Do you want to bring your authentic self to work every day? We do too. That’s why we’re building an inclusive culture and are proud to offer equal opportunities regardless of age, cultural background, disability, gender, marital status, nationality, political belief, race, religion or sexual orientation. We believe the unique perspectives and experiences each of us brings make us stronger.

What will you do as a Process Operative in Waste Water Treatment?

The role of the Process Operation forms part of the backbone to the Waste Water Services we provide to our communities. You will be part of a busy operation carrying out and reporting on a range of front line operational activities, to ensure the smooth operation of sewerage treatment works and wastewater pumping stations in line with quantity and quality, regulatory and business standards.

Waste Water Treatment encompasses a number of core scientific process and procedures including Activated Sludge Treatment (using aeration and micro-bacteria), Digestion (which produces gas as a potential energy source) and more traditional Filter Bed Works. You will be involved in the maintenance and sampling processes across these sites to maintain compliance with our regulators. You will also gain exposure to mechanical and electrical systems at the plant.

Your role as a Process Operator covers a variety of different tasks that will prepare you well for future roles in Waste Water. The key tasks under taken as part of the role are:

  • Compliance testing
  • Maintenance tasks - unblocking pumps, screens and valves to ensure continuous plant operation.
  • Monitoring, collating and reporting of data to ensure statutory and regulatory compliance.
  • Fault finding and problem solving skills are essential to respond to breakdowns.

You will have key contacts with your Field Performance Manager, Process Scientists and you will interact with Mechanical and Electrical technicians. You will also have direct communication with our Regional Control Centre (RCC) monitoring alarms on sites.

There is progression opportunities in the industry to Technician and Field Performance Manager levels and indirect pathways to Process Scientist roles – these are the technical experts in the process operation arena. You may also gain indirect knowledge in mechanical and electrical specialisms and this could prove to be a future field of study with the skills you will gain.

Full training will be provided through shadowing teammates, online training and informal classroom based courses.

Personal and Interpersonal Skills

  • Due to the nature of the role, you will be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be willing to work as part of a team.
  • Have a good sense of humour, because of what you will be working with.
  • Must be adaptable, flexible, patient, reliable and self-motivated.
  • Has good time management skills.
  • Must have confidence to work effectively and efficiently on their own.
  • Keen to learn and operate complex processes with high quality controls.


  • Apprentices without level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level before study and apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment

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