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Introducing the Metro Rod Apprenticeship Scheme

The ‘Apprenticeship in Drainage Inspection, Maintenance and Repair’ has been designed specifically for Metro Rod.

An industry first, it focuses solely on drainage & plumbing and has been endorsed by CABWI, the nationally recognised awarding body for the water and wider utilities industries. The programme consists of 35 internal courses and 12 external courses to make it the most comprehensive apprenticeship within the drainage industry.

This bespoke programme means that we do not depend on colleges for training input. This brings two big advantages for your career development:

  1. Your training and development will be individually tailored to make you a “multi-skilled drainage specialist”. You will be mentored by expert drainage technicians and business owners with years of experience.
  2. Your training and development will take place while you are in the work-place and dealing with “live” problems – meaning you earn money as you learn.


The apprenticeship has been designed to provide a structured learning programme that will give you the necessary skills to become a successful and professional member of the Metro Rod community.

Career Path

You will have a clearly defined start to your career path which not only gives job satisfaction but also develops you for greater responsibility and personal growth.

Starting out as an apprentice you have the opportunity to grow yourself into a senior drainage engineer, a manager or even a business owner. There are two routes you can follow:

Metro Rod Apprenticeship Employment Route

Apprenticeship Success Stories

Gethin joined Metro Rod Newport & Hereford in 2020 as an apprentice. He has now completed his apprenticeship and is working for the franchise as a fully qualified drainage engineer with his own van at the age of 18.

Being an Apprentice for Metro Rod

Metro Rod is a franchise business. This brings many advantages to you as an apprentice:

Working for a Local Business

You will be directly involved in a local franchise depot, being mentored by expert drainage technicians and the business owner. Each business within the Metro Rod network shares common values:

  • Commitment to their employees and to the local community
  • Loyalty to create strong personal bonds with all employees
  • Stability to offer employees structure in their working life and career


Working for Metro Rod, you’ll feel like part of a new family. Support, guidance and education are our priority because we want you to love what you do and who you do it for.

Working with a National Brand

Not only do we have the advantages of being a local depot, but Metro Rod is also a powerful national brand that aims to grow both the business and the employees that are part of it.

We offer an extensive national support system and have access to drainage experts for you to learn from. You may start as an apprentice, but will be given the opportunity to further your technical capabilities and all-round business knowledge, from marketing and sales to people and operational management.

We pride ourselves on the team ethos we have created at Metro Rod and would love to see you become a part of our family.

What Will You Learn?

You will be on your own learning pathway which means that you will be working and being trained ‘on the job’.

The programme is split into 3 phases, all of which are delivered while you ‘earn as you learn’.

Metro Rod Apprenticeship What Will You Learn

How To Apply?

Please send the following information to [email protected]

  1. Full Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Location you are based/or wish to work – explore all of our locations here!
  4. A brief statement on why you would like to join the Metro Rod apprenticeship scheme.

You don’t need any qualifications to get you started as all training is giving on the job. However, we do ask that you have basic literacy in the English Language and Maths.


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