Water Environment Worker Apprenticeship Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College
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Course Overview

Begin your apprenticeship journey at BTC by applying for an apprenticeship on our website or through our prospectus form. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option. Then, have a look at relevant vacancies by visiting our vacancy page . If you haven?t found a suitable vacancy, you will automatically be placed into our Talent Pool. As a member of our Talent Pool, you will be the first to hear about new vacancies and we offer support with CVs, interview techniques, employability skills and much more!

Water environment workers are found in organisations where there is a responsibility to manage the impact of water environments, natural or manmade, on the land and surrounding businesses and homes.

The broad purpose of most jobs in this area is creating a safe environment where the public can enjoy our water environments and the surrounding land and buildings, whilst protecting the environment, and creating habitats for species to thrive.

This apprenticeship would suit anyone with an interest in rivers, coasts (the sea), lakes, wetlands, canals and reservoirs and all the habitats and species that thrive in these environments.

The course has four pathways which allow it to be tailored to different types of role, these include; working with volunteers, responding to flood events, heritage assets and water level management.

Core units:

  • Health and Safety
  • Water based assets
  • Flood events
  • Working with others
  • Habitat management
  • Project work
  • Confined spaces
  • Personal performance
  • Water level management
  • Site furniture and infrastructure
  • Drainage
  • Vehicles, tools, equipment and materials

Optional pathways include:

  • Major incident management
  • Working with volunteers
  • Heritage assets
  • Water level management

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through a variety of methods including:

  • Online courses
  • Assessment work
  • Learning journals to record practical skills
  • Project work
  • Review visits with assessors

Progression Options

Progression from this apprenticeship could lead to higher level qualifications in ecology, environmental science, water management, countryside management and a host of roles with a variety of organisations such as the Environment Agency or National Trust.


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