Apprentice Project Manager (84)

Exeter, England /
South West Water – Operations - Waste Water Services /
At South West Water we believe that the strongest businesses are built on solid, stable foundations - with a vision and a culture that gives them the freedom to change, improve and innovate.
We’re proud to be responsible for providing reliable, efficient and high-quality drinking water and wastewater services for the beautiful South West area.
And we have huge ambitions.
Not only are we committed to reaching net-zero by 2030, but we’ve also partnered with wildlife charities, National Parks and local partners to help ensure a better future for generations to come.
So, if you want to be part of a diverse team where opportunities flow and fresh ideas are welcomed, #JustAddWater.

Are you looking for an opportunity to jump-start your career? Then look no further!

We currently have a fantastic opportunity available for an Apprentice Project Manager to join our team working in Exeter. You will join us on a full-time Apprenticeship, and in return, you will receive a salary of £17,000 per annum, rising to £20,000 after 1 year's service, plus an excellent range of benefits, ongoing development and training for a long-term career with us.

Within our award-winning apprenticeship programme, you will train alongside skilled professionals, taking on their expertise to apply in your own role whilst also achieving a recognised qualification. You will receive excellent work experience whilst being part of pushing innovation, supporting our community and working towards a sustainable future. If you're looking for a long-term career with one of the South West's largest employers – this is the opportunity for you!

About the role:

You will be working in our Waste Water team under the guidance of skilled professionals to provide end-to-end support within our Environmental Permitting team. The role is a key one to ensure compliance, and involves maintaining permit records, applications and other administrative processes. You'll also have the opportunity to complete a Level 4 Associate Project Manager qualification via our training partner Exeter College. The business will give you one full day a week to study the qualification, and it will be fully funded by our apprentice training budget.

What you'll be doing:

    • Submitting applications for new environmental permits and variations to existing permits
    • Liaising with the Environment Agency as and when needed
    • Organising and updating information related to permits and permit changes
    • Process permit costs and other financial tasks
    • Provide support to internal teams in locating environmental permits and related information
    • Produce site layout plans
    • Assist with bulk changes on permits database
    • Assist with the preparation of quarterly and annual waste reports
    • Coordinate mandatory external training for managers of waste permitted sites
    • Provide cover and support for the Environmental Permitting Manager when needed

What we are looking for:

    • 5 GCSEs, including English and Maths, at Grade 4/Grade C or above
    • A full UK driving licence is essential
    • Interest in environmental issues
    • Able to work on your own initiative, and as part of a team
    • A strong understanding of Microsoft Office packages such as Word, Excel and Outlook
    • Good communication skills
    • The ability to prioritise work in accordance with changing demands
    • Eager to develop professionally and train in technical competencies when needed

What's in it for you:

    • Generous holiday allowance plus bank holidays
    • A discretionary Bonus
    • Competitive contributory pension
    • Sharesave scheme
    • Employee wellbeing support programme
    • A range of group discounts via Perkbox
    • Cycle to Work scheme
    • Financial support services
    • Ongoing training and development opportunities
Applications for this role will close on Sunday 10 July 2022.

Be yourself, we like it that way. Together, we will build a culture of belonging, where inclusion is instinctive. Diversity is our strength and a reflection of our communities. We care, we value everyone, we celebrate uniqueness.
Our core values which are essential to our success are:
·       Trusted - We do the right thing for our customers and stakeholders.
·       Collaborative - We forge strong relationships working together to make a positive impact.
·       Responsible - We keep our promises to our customers, communities, and each other.
·       Progressive - We are always looking for new ways to improve and make life better.