RSK Group plc

Soils & Water Engineering Apprentice

Contract Type
£minimum wage



ADAS is the leading supplier of independent technical, environmental and farm business advice to the UK’s farmers and growers, land managers and related organisations. We provide a wide range of specialist consultancy services to individual business, undertake leading edge research and deliver knowledge transfer and advice programmes on behalf of government and industry organisations.


ADAS has recently been acquired by the RSK Group plc which is as one of Europe's leading multidisciplinary environmental consultancies and is ranked number 42 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK. There has never been a more exciting time to join.


Key to achieving a sustainable farming business is managing the fundamental resources of soil and water engineering to maximise efficient production whilst undertaking measures to protect the environment and biodiversity for the future. We are looking for individuals straight out of college who would like to on a two year fixed term apprentice programme and be part of a wider team. Following this fixed term the individuals performance will be assessed with a view of offering a permanent position.


Soil and Water Engineering – Apprentice: working out of Rosemaund, Hereford


Suitable candidates will need to be prepared to be ‘hands-on’ and learn skills on the job, be willing to work flexible hours and be able to travel  around the country and stay away from home.


Key Areas:


  • Learn the requirements of consultancy to deliver technical and business-focussed soil and water engineering advice and design.
  • Learn how to work
    • in a team;
    • with farmers and,
    • with corporate clients.
  • Learn and develop technical skills in the following skill areas:
    • Soils – understand differing soil types and basic soil issues.
    • Drainage – basic design skills in agricultural drainage and SuDs.
    • Surveying – drainage character and level surveys
    • Technical drawing – ability to interpret technical drawings and learn CAD skills.
  • To learn the skills of technical report writing.
  • Understand the basics of business development, including marketing of soil and water engineering services and sales.
  • To develop skills with a view of registration with a professional body e.g The Institution of Agricultural Engineers. 

Person Specification:


  • Full UK driving licence and ability to travel away from home base when required. (If you do not have a driving licence then please confirm whether you are planning to take the driving test).
  • An understanding of Microsoft software including Windows, Outlook, Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
  • GCSEs in English and Maths. 

Salary and benefits:

  • £minimum wage
  • Contributory Pension Scheme 
  • We encourage Continuing Professional Development  

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to provide a broad understanding of the job to lead onto permanent employment, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.


Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.


All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying.  To apply for this position, please email your CV and covering letter to or call Sarah Murphy on 0117 300 4295.


RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.


RSK Group plc is an Equal Opportunities Employer.



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