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Engineering Graduate Programme

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Graduate scheme
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Are you looking for a unique engineering opportunity to gain direct access to world-leading experts through the sheer scale of its major projects? 

Our Engineering graduate programme is unique and offers you the chance to learn and develop with a view to achieving your Chartership and potentially going on to be leaders in our business. 

You will begin your journey in our Waste Water business and you could be based anywhere across our Thames Valley region; from Reading to Swindon to East London and anywhere in-between.  

We will look at your strengths and qualifications throughout the whole recruitment process and place you into the area we think you will best succeed. Your base will change dependent on your on-the-job role placements and career path as you progress to make sure you develop the skills and experience you need.   

What could you be doing as an Engineering Graduate?  

Our engineering placements vary from working in teams looking at energy and carbon, to working on construction sites in ‘hard engineering’ roles.  As part of your chartership journey you will be involved in various activities from:  

  • Design training 

  • Attending industry events 

  • Data analysis 

  • Project management 

  • Solution design 

  • Inspecting assets 

  • Working with suppliers and sub-contractors 

  • Health & Safety auditing 

  • Risk assessment 

  • Funding processes 

  • Stakeholder manager 

You will also have time with your chartership mentor to work through your evidence and reports, and the opportunity to attend forums with others going through the same process to share best practices. 

What can you expect from the Engineering Graduate Programme? 

All our graduates complete a 2 year core graduate development programme.  Throughout, you’ll have support from the managers and mentors in your business area.  The programme has been designed around you to make sure you have the opportunity to maximise your potential.  It has several elements that support you to start confidently in our business and develop your knowledge, skills and experience to succeed.  You’ll be joining a network of graduates already in our business and you will have all the support you need from day one.  We review our programme each year but the core elements include: 

  • Business and personal development modules 

  • Health and safety training 

  • A charity business challenge 

  • Time to Give volunteering days 

  • Coaching 

  • Mentoring and buddying opportunities 

There are also opportunities to become a STEM ambassador at Thames Water to mentor and inspire the next generation of engineers. 

Life after the Graduate Programme 

There are varied opportunities within engineering at Thames Water, from hard engineering roles, working in construction around live processes, to project based jobs innovating around how we use our by-products to create energy.  We also have strong links with our alliance partners, for example in Eight2O, working on major projects such as the Tideway Tunnel. 

Our engineering graduates can also move into leadership roles heading up teams within their specialism. 

What kind of graduate are we looking for? 

We are a diverse business and we are looking for self-driven graduates who are confident stepping into new environments, adding value and whose values reflect ours: 

  • Reach higher, be better 

  • Take care 

  • Passionate about everything we do 

  • Be respectful and value everyone 

  • Be proud, be blue 

We’re looking for real go-getters with a hunger for knowledge and a passion to succeed.  Our graduates enjoy influencing colleagues and sharing ideas and creativity.  They thrive on working with others, respecting their views and valuing the diversity around them. They are humble and decent and treat others the way they’d like to be treated. They also hold great passion for the industry we work in and our future aspirations. 


We’re looking for Civil and Chemical engineers. If you have a minimum of a 2:2 expected or achieved engineering degree and an appetite to drive and develop your own career, apply today to shape your future. 


  • H&S and risk awareness 

  • Understanding of the risk and funding process 

  • Contractor management  

  • Project management    

  • Waste process. 

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, under own initiative to deliver specified outputs   

  • Computer literate having knowledge of MS: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and a broad understanding of ECC SAP work Management software 

  • Good interpersonal skills; effective communicator 

  • Proactive approach 

  • Attention to detail 

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South East
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5