Information for parents

Should I go to university? Do I need to get a job? Do I have to stay on at school?

Do these questions sound familiar?

There are so many options for your son or daughter to choose from at such a young age, and making the right choice at just 15 or 16 years is going to be a tough decision.

An apprenticeship might not have even crossed your mind as a route for your son or daughter to take, but we’re here to show you why an apprenticeship could be the start of a great career. 

What’s an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which allows your son or daughter to earn while they learn, and gain a nationally recognised qualification, which is of industry standard, along with opportunities for further education.

We have lots of different roles on offer at United Utilities, including the opportunity to work on big exciting projects in the engineering team, the chance to work on a treatment plant helping deliver brews to our customers, or they could find themselves out on the network fixing leaks. We also have office based opportunities too in areas like IT and HR.

We’re on the hunt for potential so if they’re great at practical skills, know how to tinker with a car or are a computer whizz– they could be what we’re looking for.

We’re got a great track record of employing our apprentices too. We recently gave all 42 apprentices a full time job.

Still unsure? Hear from our apprentices:

“My parents were sceptical about my apprenticeship at first. They believed people with degrees are the ones that get on in the working world, however at United Utilities this isn’t the case. Many of the directors and managers started their career as an apprentice.”

Amy, apprentice scientist

“My sixth form college wasn’t very encouraging about taking an apprenticeship and pushed me to go to university. Having said that, my parents are both really encouraging and happy with my apprenticeship and United Utilities as my employer.”

Jordan, assistant project co-ordinator

“I think there’s quite a lot of misconception amongst parents that going to university is the defined career path, and it’s necessary to get a good job. But this wasn’t for me and it was really nice to see they didn’t push me down that route and they backed me 100 per cent.”

Calvin, IT technical apprentice