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Water industry network technicians respond to incidents and monitor water or waste water networks, resolving issues or identifying action required.
Water network technicians work in the water industry.
Employers in the industry range from small to large but are mainly large.
This is a core and option apprenticeship. Apprentices will be trained and assessed against the core and one option (occupation). There are three options:
Water industry network technicians work outdoors on water or wastewater networks and may go to customer premises. They also spend time in the office.
They may be required to drive between locations. Typically, a driving licence is required.
They work in all weather conditions.
As 24 hour and seven days per week operations, they may need to undertake standby duties and work shifts outside normal working hours.
The broad purpose of the occupations is to ensure continuity and efficiency of water or wastewater industry network services.
In their daily work, they interact with operatives and other technicians. Plus stakeholders from teams across water or wastewater services, or within the wider business. This may include scientific teams, process treatment, engineering, maintenance, call centre, network optimisation, and contractors. They engage with customers and members of the public. They may also interact with internal and external stakeholders. This may include representatives from the Environmental Agency, police, highways, and other external regulators.
They typically report to operational or network managers. They work with minimal supervision. They may work as part of a team and alone.
They are responsible for meeting quality, industry regulations, safety, security, and environmental requirements. They ensure the health and safety of self and others. They need to consider how their work has the potential to impact customer service and the company's finances and reputation.
Water distribution network technicians carry out planned and unplanned valving operations. They undertake customer visits to resolve water quality enquiries, which may include taking water quality samples and giving advice on water quality. They undertake and provide advice to customers on water fittings. They must take account of Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations.
Water leakage technicians use systems to identify potential and actual leakage and undertake activities or identify action required to reduce leakage. They assist in the repair and maintenance of meters and loggers. They will provide advice to customers on pipework ownership and responsibilities pertaining to leakage.
Water distribution network technicians and water leakage technicians must have a National Water Hygiene (Blue) card. This involves training and assessment, and health screening.
Wastewater technicians respond to incidents and monitor wastewater networks resolving issues or identifying action required. They carry out or supervise system maintenance activities such as high-pressure water jetting and de-silting operations. They undertake surveys for example CCTV camera work or Sonde tracing equipment to assist with fault diagnosis.
Wastewater network technicians must take account of Environmental Quality Standards relating to planned and unplanned discharges.
This is a summary of the key things that you and your employer need to know about your end-point assessment (EPA). You and your employer should read the EPA plan for the full details. It has information on roles and responsibilities, assessment method requirements, and re-sits and re-takes.
An EPA is an assessment at the end of your apprenticeship. It will assess you against the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) in the occupational standard. Your training - on-and-off the job - will cover them. The EPA is your opportunity to show an independent assessor how well you can carry out the occupation you have been trained for.
Your employer will choose an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA. Your employer and training provider should tell you what to expect and how to prepare for your EPA.
The grades available for each assessment method are:
The overall EPA grades available for this apprenticeship are:
When you pass the EPA, you will be awarded with your apprenticeship certificate.
You must meet any requirements for your apprenticeship before starting your EPA. The EPAO will check that you have met these at the gateway. You will only enter the gateway when your employer says you are ready. The EPAO will tell you how to submit anything they need to check (for example, a portfolio of evidence). Once the EPAO confirms that you have met the requirements, the EPA period starts.
The gateway requirements for your EPA are: