Application process

Application process

Wahoo! You’ve decided an apprenticeship at United Utilities is the one for you. But how do you go about applying?

There’s a couple of stages to go through, but don’t worry, we’re sure you’ll ace it!

After having a browse at the apprenticeships on offer, you might have spotted a role that takes your fancy.

Stage 1 – Online application

Once you’ve decided which apprenticeship you’d like to apply for you’ll need to create a login ID and password. Next, upload your covering letter and CV and answer some questions about yourself - we’d love to know a bit more about you. 

We’ll also consider you for other roles if we think there might be a better fit for you.

After you’ve submitted your application online we'll send you an email letting you know it’s arrived in our inbox.

Don't worry if you don't hear from us for a couple of days after that. We get hundreds of applications each year, so it takes us a while to work through them and make sure we pick the right people for the job.

Please note we are unable to accept email or postal applications.

Stage 2 - Online assessments

Next up it’s the online assessment These help us to identify your strengths and work out if you’re right for the role. The tests don’t take long to complete. Just relax and answer the questions honestly. 

If you consider yourself to have a disability that may affect your ability to take the tests, please let us know beforehand and we can help you out.

Please note example questions are not available.

Stage 3 – Video interview

It’s your time to shine! We want to learn more about you and why you’re right for the job. The interview will only take around 15 minutes, so make every moment count! 

If you consider yourself to have a disability that may affect your ability to take the tests, please let us know beforehand and we can help you out.

Stage 4 – Assessment day/Final interview

If you’ve aced your interview, we’ll invite you along to one of our assessment days where we’ll put your skills to the test in a number of technical assessments. We’ll also ask you to prepare a presentation which you’ll present back to us in the day – so make sure you stand out from the crowd! 

Dates for your diary

To help you to get ahead of the game, here are the dates for this year's assessment days. Make sure you pencil them in your diary, so you're definitely available to come along.


Role Date of Assessment day Location
Fleet administrator Project coordinator Monday, 10 April Leigh, Manchester
Scientist Thursday, 13 April Leigh, Manchester
Water network Tuesday, 18 April Leigh, Manchester 
FSE electrical (Kendal and Carlisle)
FSE mechanical (Kendal and Carlisle)
Wednesday, 19 April Cumbria 
IT Thursday, 20 April Leigh, Manchester
Water network
Thursday, 20 April  Cumbria
FSE electrical (Preston, Rossendale and Widnes) Friday, 21 April Leigh, Manchester
Process controller (Ellesmere Port and Stockport) Thursday, 25 April Leigh, Manchester
Process controller (Bolton and Northwich) Wednesday, 26 April Leigh, Manchester
FSE mechanical (Widnes, St Helens and Fleetwood) Friday, 28 April  Leigh, Manchester
FSE mechanical (Davyhulme and Oldham) Thursday, 4 May Leigh, Manchester


Your interview won't take more than an hour and is likely to be at the site where you'll be based during your apprenticeship. We'll give you more information nearer the time, so you'll be able to make arrangements for the day.

Stage 5 – Our offer to you

Phew so you’ve made it this far! Congratulations! When you get an offer, we'll need to see your references and proof of your qualifications and that you can work in the UK. You’ll also need to gain medical clearance. These are standard requirements for working at United Utilities.

Stage 6 – Time to celebrate!

Successful candidates will start with us in September.

To find out more, contact our resourcing team: T: 01925 237001 and then option 1 Email:


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