Canal & River Trust

  • Waterway Apprentice

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    Customer Services & Operations
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  • Job Purpose



    Ever thought of gaining your apprenticeship on the Canals & Rivers of England & Wales?


    Interested in learning & developing skills helping to maintain and protect valuable historical assets of Community importance?


    Earn whilst you learn, and spend your time outdoors in the fresh air!


    We are looking for Waterway Apprentices to join our unique Apprenticeship scheme.  Here you will develop your skills and knowledge set whilst gaining valuable experience on the job, and  earn while you learn.  You will be surrounded by experts and will help us to deliver our exciting plans for the future. As an Apprentice at the Canal & River Trust, you will be working in a truly unique environment with other employees and volunteers, developing your skills and gaining valuable experience.

    Our Apprenticeship programme provides a great opportunity for you to enjoy and develop your skills here at the Trust.  Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.    Anyone with a passion for conservation and the environment would be well-suited to this Apprenticeship.  You will be the sort of person who enjoys working outdoors, come rain or shine, and you will have a strong social conscience.

    Apprenticeship vacancies will be open until 3rd October 2018.  Don't delay, get your application submitted today for a wonderful and rare opportunity.  Interviews will take place in early October 2018.

    We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water.


    Come and work for us...


    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    We want you to succeed & progress - We are fully committed to support all of our apprentices during your training. We truly value your contribution to the Trust and plan our recruitment to match progression opportunities. Upon completion of your apprenticeship you will be considered for any progression job vacancies to continue your career with the Canal & River Trust.

    We offer high quality Apprenticeship training -  As a Trust apprentice, you will complete your apprenticeship training with both on and off-the-job training, with regular attendance (block release) at college (Approx. 1 WEEK BLOCKS EVERY 6 WEEKS). All uniform, workwear, travel and accommodation and education costs are paid for by us. What apprenticeship will I be doing? – Conservation apprenticeship – level to be confirmed.

    Unique opportunities - Whilst on-the-job you will work with supportive work buddies, your Supervisor & our Apprenticeship Coordinator. We regularly arrange placements for you to build your portfolio, as well as opportunities to work on projects. No two days are the same!

    Inclusive and supportive employer - Our aim is to care for our people, and earn the confidence, trust and advocacy of our customers, partners, and those in the communities in which we work. We pride ourselves on, and are committed to, a workplace that reflects our values, embraces diversity, and enhances our reputation as a responsible and trusted custodian of the waterways in our care.

    As an Apprentice at the Canal & River Trust you will work as part of a team & develop skills to:

    • learn key maintenance skills to help deliver practical tasks and events repairing defects around the canal network
    • deliver the waterway works programme to enhance and improve the local environment
    • take part in work in all areas across our unique and varied waterway networks.  These activities to improve our waterways ensure that our customer always have a positive experience. 
    • encourage people to enjoy our canal network and surrounding environments; providing excellent customer service through operation of the Trust's assets (locks, bridges, etc) & promoting the Trust.  Always conducting yourself in a professional manner
    • develop skills to support protecting and maintaining the environment, delivering practical tasks across various sites and environments and developing community engagement skills.

    • support the team to deliver and coordinate our volunteer activity program within the waterway you are based.  You will recognise the opportunity to engage and build positive relationships with those who want to connect with the Trust and support different volunteer groups to achieve the our aims.
    • become an ambassador for the Canal and River Trust learning key communication skills gaining confidence to share our ambitions with the wider public
    • promote a safe and inviting customer experience on the waterways
    • support the Canal & River Trust’s aims to improve safety and increase the number of people using the waterways whilst protecting the heritage and environment of our canal’s, rivers and docks
    • you will be working outside year-round for a large proportion of this role, so you must love to work outdoors, whatever the weather.


     About you

    Your Values - Our work to bring waterways to life is ongoing, the future holds boundless possibilities and we need to have the right people in place to ensure our canals and rivers continue to enrich local communities and make lives better by water. We look for candidates who live and breathe our values; Caring, Open, Local, Involvement and Excellence.

    You can read more about what this means here

    We offer lots of support and guidance to help you achieve, however it is also very important that you take ownership of your apprenticeship, to make it the best experience it can possibly be.

    Your Qualifications - In order to ensure that we recruit the right candidates for these roles, you should be interested and committed to a career in construction or customer service or have an interest in heritage/conservation (desirable) and may have had some experience or exposure to occupations such as plastering, bricklaying or craft masonry before, but this is not essential. If you have not already achieved your Maths and English skills you can complete these alongside your apprenticeship. We are looking for candidates with passion, determination and dedication to getting the most out of an apprenticeship opportunity.


    What We Offer

    In addition to your Apprenticeship salary progression, we have many other valuable benefits available to employees.  In addition to those you will have a wonderful opportunity as a Trust Apprentice to;

    • Learn some pretty unique skills and build your own specialist technical toolkit for the future
    • Learn from some of the best specialists both at college and within your team

    Read more about our commitment to Diversity Here and our employee benefits here




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