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Available opportunity

Apprentice Waterway Apprentice


£18,348 per year

Opportunity type


Available hours

40 hours per week

Closing date

Job Description

As a Trust apprentice, you will complete your apprenticeship training both on and off-the-job, including regular attendance at our chosen training provider. All college related travel costs are paid for by the Trust.

Whilst on-the-job, you will work with supportive colleagues to get the best out of your apprenticeship experience. We regularly arrange placements for you to build your portfolio, as well as opportunities to work on projects. This involves working across our network, so you may be working away from home. No two days are the same!

About the role

  • You will be working outside, carrying out maintenance and repair works under guidance from waterway teams. You will learn how to manage habitats using a range of specialist techniques and connect with a wide variety of customers, colleagues and volunteers. You will be an ambassador of the Canal & River Trust, who is keen to learn new skills
  • Encouraging people to enjoy the canal network and environments around them; providing customer service through operation of the Trust’s assets (e.g. locks and bridges)
  • Carrying out maintenance and repair works to the waterway infrastructure, including graffiti removal and litter picking
  • Monitoring and managing the use of the towpaths, collecting information and reporting as required, surveying and maintaining signage
  • Managing habitats through using a range of specialist techniques such as coppicing, hedge laying and establishing native plants, using appropriate tools and equipment
  • Applying soft engineering principles and practices to reduce erosion and manage stabilisation of areas surrounding watercourses, while also enhancing habitat, improving aesthetics and saving money
  • Liaising with community groups to support volunteer groups under the guidance of the volunteer leader
  • Undertaking work in a productive and efficient manner delivering the work to the correct standard and agreed programme
  • Ensuring that inclusion and diversity are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promoting inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of the Trust
  • Displaying the Trust values and behaviours always

What skills and abilities do I need to have?

  • We look for candidates who live and breathe our values; Caring, Open, Local, Inclusive and Excellence and have a willingness to learn, enthusiasm and dedication. We are looking for potential
  • This is predominantly an outdoor role. We love the outdoors at Canal & River Trust, and it's so important that as a member of the Waterways team you enjoy all weathers!
  • Repairs, vegetation clearance and assisting the general public & towpath and waterway users doesn't only happen on the sunny days, so rain and cold is all part of the experience
  • Experience of using tools ranging from paintbrushes and spanners, to strimmers and power tools is desirable (but don’t worry if you don’t have this!)

What qualifications do I need to have?

Ideally grade A-C or grade 9-4 in Maths, English and Science GCSE (or equivalent) already achieved or on target to achieve.

What qualifications or experience would potentially help me more?

  • An interest or connection to the waterways network or heritage assets
  • Any experience of working outside or in a team, potentially through hobbies, work experience or volunteering