Graduate scheme

Bath-times, half-times, party-times, meeting-times, and cooking-times. Our water brings Wales to life! It helps 3 million people stay healthy and clean every day. It keeps businesses running smoothly and life flowing along.

We’re different. And proud of it. We’re for everyone, not for profit. We’re people from every walk of life. All with an opportunity to develop and grow amazing careers. All sharing the benefits of bringing our whole self to work.

We’re the engineers and scientists, rangers and customer advisors that keep the taps flowing and keep our customers happy. And we’re thousands of other incredibly diverse roles with National responsibility. All working to the highest standards of satisfaction. In a business where safety and care for every colleague is never compromised.

We’re in every community. And for every community. We’re Welsh Water. The people with the passion to bring futures to life in a business that brings Wales to life!

Discover the difference Welsh Water can bring to your life.

We are seeking interested applicants to have achieved or be expected to achieve a 2:1 in one of the following degrees; Business, Engineering, Science, Environment, Safety, Maths, Humanities, Finance or a related degree – that’s it!.... no prior experience needed.

Key skills / attributes that we’d be looking for from the successful candidate are;

  • Organisational Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Stakeholder Management

Your graduate scheme

At Welsh Water, we have developed a Graduate Programme, which will develop leaders for the future, which promotes work to be completed across the business in a compliant manner, safely, on time and to budget, whist motivating our people to continually improve what they do and ‘earn the trust of our customers every day’.

During your time as a Graduate, you will learn the foundations of leadership, effective team building and working together on how to lead and work effectively with others.

Your Welsh Water Graduate Programme will provide you with the opportunity to further develop your skills, knowledge and experience. Your 2-year programme will include 4 placements where you will be supported by your line manager and mentor.

As part of your 6 month placement, here’s some of the departments / projects that you could be involved with;

  • Water and Waste Services
  • Retail – Customer Service and Cash Collection
  • Improvement projects
  • Change programmes
  • Developing business awareness

Your Development:

As a part of your programme, you will take part in a number of soft skills workshops, including the following:

• Presentation Skills
• Effective Team Working
• Resilience
• Personal Branding
• Time Management
• Problem Solving
• Managing Difficult Conversations
• Project Management

In addition, you will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with your fellow graduates, such as organising, developing and running a conference event for the Institute of Water. This will allow you to develop your interpersonal and leadership skills, whilst working collaboratively with your peers.

You will also be given the opportunity to work on key business projects within your specialised field.

Good to know

Your graduate scheme will primarily be based South-East Wales. However, on occasions and with notice you may be expected to travel to sites across the whole of Wales and its borders.

Recruitment process - Upon application, you will receive a short behavioural assessment to complete. This should take 15-20 minutes. Should your application meet our criteria, the second stage of assessment will be an in-person assessment centre, which likely take place at our head office (Cardiff) between February/March 2024. Further information will be provided closer to the time.

What we bring to the table

As well as a market competitive salary, 33 days annual leave (pro rata, including public holidays), we offer a range of employee benefits and rewards including:

  • Variable pay schemes
  • Enhanced employer pension contributions – Up to 11% employer contributions
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Progression opportunities, including the ability to apply for funded training and coaching and mentoring programmes
  • Reduction on high street & online shopping
  • Cycle to work scheme/Car-leasing scheme
  • Health CashBack scheme
  • An employee assistance programme for employees and their immediate family
  • Colleague matched fundraising scheme up to the value of £500 per year for your chosen charity
  • 20% off all Welsh Water visitor attraction centres and gift shops
  • Flexible working patterns
  • Several internal employee networks including Embrace, LGBT+, Neurodiverse, Disability, Women of Welsh Water, Parents, Wellbeing and many more...
  • We also recruit our own volunteer Wellbeing Champions (on an annual basis) - successful recruits will receive full i-act and StRaW training

Whilst also working for a not-for profit company that truly cares about earning the trust of customers everyday, and about looking after our beautiful environment.

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