Apprenticeship Opportunity: RPS

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RPS – Apprentice Leakage Engineer

Role:                                   Apprentice Leakage Engineer

Type:                                 Full time

Duration:                           2 years

Location:                           Omagh or Banbridge

Salary:                                In line with national minimum wage


The role

RPS is looking for a Water Utility Operations Level 2 apprentice. Become an instrumental part of a team looking after one of life’s essentials. You’ll be part of a team that will stretch you, grow your problem-solving skills and connect us with communities across Northern Ireland.


Here is what you will be doing:

  • Leakage Detection
  • Network Data
  • Operating the Water Network


Learning & Development

As an Apprentice, you’ll be completing the Water Utility Operations – Level 2

Apprenticeship candidates will normally have 3 to 5 GCSEs at grades C and above (including mathematics and English), or equivalent qualifications.

As an apprentice focussing on leakage, you’ll develop knowledge of working safely in a variety of locations and environments, some of which may be remote locations.


In addition you will:

  • Use technical knowledge to identify areas that require further investigation due to leakage deciding on the most appropriate methods to identify and locate sources of leakage.
  • Use technical knowledge to operate electronic location equipment, identify and locate underground water mains and services.
  • Use hydraulic theories, principles and carry out valve operations to set-up, step-tests, maintain or alter district meter areas
  • Use industry principles and measurement to estimate volumes of water lost through leakage
  • Programme, deploy, retrieve, and interpret data from data logging equipment
  • Apply procedures and their control measures to the network to minimise the risk of interruption of supplies to customers

Please note mandatory drug and alcohol testing is a requirement for this role.


How we’ll support you:

Induction event:

A two-week induction designed to introduce you to our business, show you how we work and help you get the best possible start to your career.

Classroom training:

2-3  days per month completing classroom theories, exams, and course work

An Apprentice mentor

An experienced professional who will teach you about our work and guide your development

Regular performance reviews with your manager

Quarterly reviews to help you outline clearly defined goals and measure how you’re developing against them

National Qualification

Your apprenticeship will allow you to develop the skills and experience that you’ll require to become an expert Water Field Engineer within our leakage framework.  During this time, you’ll combine on-the-job learning with formal, nationally recognised development training to gain your level 2 apprenticeship.


The skills you need

We’re looking for people who’ll demonstrate curiosity. You’ll be able to grasp and learn things quickly, learning from your own and others experience, to improve performance in the future. You’ll be motivated by a strong desire to succeed and excel in your apprenticeship, taking pride and ownership of appropriate tasks and actions, knowing that what you do, makes a difference to our customers.

Developing knowledge and expertise during your apprenticeship, you’ll be flexible in your approach, quickly taking on board new information and adapting well to change. Using this knowledge, you will be able to inform robust solutions and decisions, demonstrating courage to see tasks through in their entirety. We show care to our colleagues and customers alike, so you’ll be able to successfully build relationships within our internal teams and customers, learning from other’s experience to improve your performance in the future.

Our behaviours depend on forward-thinking ideas, no matter who they come from. As employers, we welcome people from all walks of life and promote diversity and inclusion.


Apprenticeships NI – Level 2 and 3 – available to individuals 16 and over – as funding for the directed (or ‘off-the-job’) training element is provided by the Department for the Economy (DfE) eligibility restrictions apply to individuals aged 25 and over)


What we offer you

We will give you the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in this industry. We offer you a work environment that encourages collaboration and clever thinking – to drive solutions-based outputs that deliver sustainable benefit for our clients, their projects, and the environment. We also actively create global mobility opportunities for our talented people, enabling us to deliver interconnected sectors and services, and make RPS a great place to do great work.

Our employees are rewarded with competitive salaries, opportunities to invest and many other benefits including:  20 days holiday + bank holidays, Company pension scheme, Share Incentive Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme and our brand new BenefitHub offering discounts, cash back offers and rewards.

About RPS

RPS is a leading global professional services firm with over 4,600 people. We benefit from the scale of business that allows us to work on large and/or exciting projects and, at the same time, we retain the local presence in our markets which fosters positive engagement with our clients.  We define, design and manage projects that create shared value in a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world. Connecting with our global expertise we make it easy for our clients to create winning solutions for their communities and their clients. By being confidently pragmatic we solve problems that matter. We make complex easy.

Our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Mindful that a truly inclusive organization must make appropriate use of talent on a global basis and without unnecessary barriers, we are committed to embedding diversity and inclusion principles in all People processes in order to be as diverse as the communities and clients we work with, thereby securing, developing, and retaining the best available talent for the company’s future.

Our approach to Diversity and inclusion
Our people live our purpose, deliver our promise, and demonstrate our behaviours every day. Our behaviours define who we are. Developed by our people, they underpin everything that we do. They create the memorable experiences we are known for and make RPS a great place to do great work.

‘Stronger Together’ is one of our five core behaviours and it is inherent in creating an inclusive workplace:
‘We are respectful, acknowledge diversity, and recognise the potential and contribution of everyone. We bring out the best in one another, always assuming best intent. People who learn and grow thrive in our business, sharing in our success.’


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