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Graduate Programme

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£28,000 + Substantial benefits package
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Graduate scheme
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Who we are

Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) is a non-ministerial government department and the energy regulator for Great Britain. Our principal objective is to protect the interests of existing and future electricity and gas consumers.

How we work

The energy system is undergoing a period of unprecedented change. Technological innovation, new business models and decarbonisation efforts mean that the energy system of the future will be very different from the one we have today. Working alongside government and industry, Ofgem has an integral role in facilitating the transition to a smart, flexible energy system. This is an exciting and challenging time for us. We must ensure that the regulatory framework is agile and adapts to the new challenges we expect to face in the coming years, yet still preserves our core functions of protecting consumers, ensuring effective competition and promoting security of supply.

Take the first step and get involved

From day one as an Ofgem graduate, you will take an active role in designing the future energy system. The 18-month programme will see you undertaking at least three rotations across the organisation. We are flexible to your interests and career aspirations, allowing you to develop specialist skills in your preferred discipline (such as economics, policy, stakeholder management), but at the same time the breadth of experience and skills you will develop will prepare you for a career in an increasingly integrated energy system. As a graduate, you will develop policy that delivers meaningful benefits for consumers,and take the lead on complex analytical projects, ensuring our decisions are robust and evidence driven. You will pro-actively monitor market activity and take action where companies fall short of their duties to consumers, work with our monopoly price control, ensuring network investments reflect value for money. Within Ofgem E-Serve, you can get involved in live projects, helping to deliver a low-carbon future for the UK through a number of high-profile environmental programmes and sustainability projects. You will become a part of our welcoming and friendly work environment, whilst benefitting from the extensive support network available to all members of staff.

Our aim is for you to become a future regulatory expert. At every step along the way, you will receive first class training and support, and receive regular feedback on your progress.

Your training opportunities are comprehensive and flexible to you. As part of the graduate programme, you will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of training courses and bespoke graduate masterclasses, covering an array of soft skills, as well as more role-specific technical courses. All graduates will also spend time studying alongside European energy experts at the prestigious Florence School of Regulation in Italy, immersing yourself in pan-European issues and perspectives.

Graduates who joined last year’s programme have told us that:

  • the problems they are helping to solve are unique and important
  • there are great opportunities for training and development
  • they like the modern, flexible working environment
  • they can see plenty of opportunities for future career development

What we expect from you

Ofgem graduates are enthusiastic, engaged and ready to make a difference,. You will find your feet and become effective very quickly in our friendly and inclusive organisation. You will be empowered by our culture of autonomy, collaboration, learning and innovation, giving you the opportunity to raise your profile internally and within the sector.

We expect at least a 2:1, and although our intake often comes from disciplines like Economics, Engineering, Business, Finance, Geography, Sustainability or Public Policy, what we care about most are your skills and attitudes:

  • logical thinking and problem solving
  • Data management and quantitative analysis
  • confident stakeholder engagement
  • project management
  • willingness to adapt and take on new challenges

An interest in the energy sector is absolutely essential, supported by genuine passion, drive and enthusiasm for the role Ofgem plays in protecting existing and future electricity and gas consumers.

Our benefits package

Ofgem can offer you a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes:

  • Up to 30 days annual leave
  • Excellent training and development opportunities, with access to bespoke civil service learning and development courses
  • The opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, which includes a valuable range of benefits
  • We operate a truly flexible and agile working culture in order to allow you to work flexibly
  • Restaurant and subsidised gym
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Opportunity for performance related increases during the 18-month programme

Ofgem is an equal opportunities employer. Protecting consumers and powering the future of the energy debate.


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