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Modern Apprenticeships

McCrae Training deliver Modern Apprenticeships throughout Scotland covering Water and Waste-Water Networks, Treatment and Design.

As an approved Training Provider with SDS (Skills Development Scotland) we offer Modern Apprenticeships for your current and new staff which covers all age categories.
The benefits of a Modern Apprenticeship are your staff learn on the job, gaining the required practical knowledge and experience, whilst being trained, assessed and developed by our team of Water Industry Trainers & Assessors.
Modern Apprenticeships are partially funded via a Scottish Government contribution towards training and assessment. The higher the volume of Apprentices commencing the Apprenticeships the lower the costs.

Funding is administered, controlled and issued by SDS (Skills Development Scotland) in Scotland, and ESFA ( Education and Skills Funding Agency) in England (refer to attached list of Water Process Technician Pathways available in England under the Standards for Apprenticeship Levy paying employers).

There are many different Apprenticeship pathways that can be followed and are designed to suit the areas employers and their staff are operating within the Water / Waste-Water Sectors.
The Scottish Modern Apprenticeships are listed below with some of them being a requirement under the Lloyds Register WIRS (Water Industry Registration Scheme) Programme for Utility Connection Providers.

Water Distribution and Self Lay / Main Laying & Service Laying 

SVQ in Network Construction Operations (Water) — Main Layer at SCQF Level 5

SVQ in Network Construction Operations (Water) — Service Layer at SCQF Level 5

SVQ in Network Construction Operations (Water) at SCQF Level 6

Water Distribution Network Design

SVQ in Designing Water Networks at SCQF Level 6

Waste Water Networks

Diploma in Sewage and Drainage Operations: Sewerage Investigative CCTV Operative at SCQF Level 5

Diploma in Sewage and Drainage Operations: Water Jetting Operative at SCQF Level 5

Diploma in Sewage and Drainage Operations: Sewerage Repair and Maintenance Operative at SCQF Level 5

Leak Detection & Control

SVQ in Leakage Control (Water) at SCQF Level 6

Water & Waste Water Treatment 

SVQ in Controlling Process Operations at SCQF Level 6

For more information regarding our apprenticeships please do get in touch by calling 01355 246235 or emailing



Can I get funding towards my Modern Apprenticeship?

Yes, funding is available from Skills Development Scotland. For more information please phone 01355246235 and ask to speak to a member of our Sales team who will be able to talk through the options available to you.

Is there a maximum number of candidates an employer can put through Modern Apprenticeships?


What does the candidate learn?

A Modern Apprenticeship is a training and assessment programme, building up candidates’ knowledge and competence while learning on the job. We can offer tailored programmes to fit around the candidate’s needs.

What is the duration of my Apprenticeship?

There is no minimum duration for apprentices to achieve their Modern Apprenticeship in Scotland. Our approach is to support apprentices at a pace suited to the individual. On average Level 2 Apprenticeships can however last between 24 months and Level 3 Apprenticeships can last between 36 months.

What accreditation does the candidate receive on completion?

On completion of the Modern Apprenticeship, the candidate will receive an SQA certificate along with a full level 2 or level 3 Modern Apprenticeship certificate issued by the Sector Skills Council which is a recognised qualification within the utility industry.

What does an Apprentice require to do to obtain a Modern Apprenticeship qualification?

The candidate builds up the knowledge and experience doing on the tools training. The apprentice will have to do a variety of different tests, PB and site visits from trainer to be classed as competent in the apprenticeship.