Apprentice United Utilities Lingley

Type: Apprentice
Region: North West

Job DescriptionApprentice (Property Surveyor) (22226)Job ID:



Warrington, UK



Working Hours:

37.00 per weekJob Purpose

Are you ready to live your future? Life as a United Utilities apprentice is full of benefits.

With a range of award-winning roles on offer, you’re bound to find your future career. We see our apprentices are well looked after, with a generous salary, 26 days leave excluding bank holidays and many more benefits.

Want to be part of building a greener, healthier and stronger North West? Come and join us! We’ll provide you with industry leading skills and the experience you’ll need to succeed in your career.

Start living your future, today

As an apprentice property surveyor, you’ll embark on a 5 year journey to learn what goes on behind the scenes to ensure that we are able to access land to operate and maintain our vast network of water mains and sewers across the region and to construct new infrastructure as part of the Company’s Capital Programme to improve and enhance our water and waste water services for customers, communities and the environment.

What makes us different?

  • Secure your future – every apprentice is guaranteed a permanent position at the end of their scheme*
  • It’s a springboard to your career – we provide you with structured training, a dedicated mentor and quality placements to help you shape your career
  • Inspire the next generation – you’ll have the opportunity to represent United Utilities at key events across the region to engage with young people to bring careers in the water industry to life

*As long as you meet all necessary standards and behaviour criteria throughout the programme

Job Accountabilities

A bit more about the role

We have an exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Property Surveyor to join our Access & Acquisitions Team within our Property Services Department based at our Head Office in Warrington or at our Mintsfeet Road office in Kendal.

The Access & Acquisitions Team specialise in gaining entry to private land to carry out pipelaying works, consulting with affected landowners, occupiers and other key stakeholders and the statutory framework surrounding the valuation, compensation and acquisition of land.

You will get to work alongside multidiscipline project teams as part of the Company’s Capital Programme to ensure the successful delivery and construction of new infrastructure and facilitate access to land to operate and maintain our vast network of water mains and sewers across the region. You will provide a comprehensive access and acquisitions service to other key departments including Capital Delivery & Engineering, Water & Wastewater Network Services, Developer Services and Legal Services.

What will you focus on?

During your 60 month apprenticeship, you’ll carry out tasks such as; managing a varied caseload of capital and network projects, issuing Statutory Notices, Land referencing, preparing valuations and budgets, negotiating and settling compensation claims after laying or repairing a pipe, acquiring interests in land for strategic infrastructure, landowner liaison and consultation, agreeing and advising on accommodation and reinstatement works, inputting into decision making on pipeline routes and site selection, arranging temporary site compound license agreements, together with other aspects in the Property Services Department.

During your apprenticeship you’ll gain an insight into the Water Industry. You’ll also learn about the Water Industry Act 1991, the Company’s Code of Practice for Pipe laying in private land and an awareness of the relevant legislation, statute and government guidance pertaining to the statutory compensation code, compulsory purchase procedures and valuation method principles.

Knowledge and Skills

What we’re looking for:

We’re looking for someone who’s keen to gain hands on experience, develop practical skills and achieve the standards needed to really succeed in your role.

You’ll have a dedicated mentor and manager who’ll be on hand to support you every step of the way. All that we ask from you is that you’re willing to learn, know how to work as part of a team and can manage your time and workload to get things done.

Typically, you’ll need:

  • 3 A Levels or equivalent, grades C or above (providing 104 UCAS points for entry to a level 6 Higher Education programme)
  • 5 GCSEs or equivalent, grades A-C or grades 9-4, which must include Maths and English Language

You’ll also have:

  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Good planning, prioritisation and time management skills with the ability to achieve targets and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivation and drive.
  • Excellent computer and IT skills.
  • Full UK driving Licence and access to your own transport

Alongside working for United Utilities, you will combine employment with learning. By working full time and studying during working hours, you can earn while you learn and gain qualifications relevant to your career.

We shall require you to enrol on a Chartered Surveyor (Rural) degree apprentice course at Harper Adams University, Shropshire. The degree incorporates both vocational and academic elements with supervision and ongoing assessment.

Successful apprentices will achieve a BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management degree and then progress to the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) for full Chartered Membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) via the Rural or Land and Resources Pathway, as part of the final assessment.

What you’ll get from us:

  • Rewarding essentials – there’s lot of perks to the job, including a starting salary of £19,000 which will increase each year based on performance
  • Be the best you can be – you’ll get involved in all sorts of training and fun activities with your fellow apprentices
  • An environment to be proud of – we’re a responsible employer committed to developing our young talent in state of the art facilities
  • Be part of the family – you’ll have the chance to network, bond and learn from your colleagues and fellow apprentices

Additional Information

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.Closing Date:



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