Our Employer and University Sponsor

Thames Water

Thames Water is a major employer across East and South East London. They provide clean water and remove and treat used water (sewage) for London and most of the Thames Valley, serving a population of nearly 15 million customers. At the last count, they employed over 6,000 people in total with over 2,000 across the East London corridor. Their workforce is getting older and they need to encourage young people into the industry, so this College is an ideal way to help young people towards future employment that suits their capabilities and interest. 



Tideway is a separate company from Thames Water and will be responsible for the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the major new sewer proposed to prevent the discharge of 18 million tonnes of untreated sewage into the tidal River Thames every year. This is one of the largest construction projects of its type in Europe. Tunnel construction on the project is due to start in 2016 and will involve 24 construction sites across London creating around 4,000 new jobs across London. 



Costain is one of the UK’s leading engineering solutions providers, working at improving lives by focusing on the issues people care about. Responsibility is at the core of everything they decide and do. Costain cares about our natural and built environment; their relationships with all stakeholders; and fundamentally, about the future of the UK. Engineering Tomorrow is the Costain strategy aimed at identifying, developing and implementing innovative solutions to meet the UK’s major national infrastructure needs. Their commitment to developing STEM skills through the UTC is part of that strategy. 


University of East London

UEL is London’s leading university for civic engagement. Its aim is to make a real difference not just to students’ lives but to wider society – at home and abroad. It is a place of opportunity: an ‘engaged curriculum’ weaves community projects into academic life and enables every student to make a difference, to their own lives and those of others, through getting involved in tackling real-world challenges. The university works with employers and industries to develop courses which ensure UEL students graduate not only with academic qualifications, but the skills and experience that employers really want. 



Skanska, a leading construction company and developer, is an inclusive and responsible business helping to build for a better society. Known for major projects such as the Gherkin and Crossrail, Skanska creates, updates and maintains the country’s building and infrastructure.

Drawing on its Scandinavian heritage, Skanska focuses are on being green, innovative and progressive, bringing together people and technology and helping to make the construction industry safer and more collaborative.

The company currently has a team of more than 5,000 in the UK, and as a 5% member, is committed to offering apprenticeship, trainee, graduate and intern opportunities to develop the workforce of the future.