How to apply
Do you have the potential to shape the engineering, commercial or digital landscape here at Severn Trent? Make sure you apply for one of our Apprentice schemes today.
What we're looking for
If you’re looking to grow and develop, and is someone who embrace’s curiosity, takes pride in what you do, demonstrates courage and can show care whilst developing, we want to hear from you. All of the above go’s a long way to providing our customer with one of life’s essentials.
Our selection process and key dates
We’ve an extensive New Talent Programme offering in 2021, and we’re incredibly proud of the range of opportunities available for all. We’d encourage you to take time to review the options available, before applying.
Our selection process allows us to find out more about you, and your reasons for pursuing your programme of choice. It will also allow you to learn more about Severn Trent and our culture, as you progress through the different stages.
Once you’ve identified the programme you’d like to pursue, you’ll complete the following stages
1. Register and complete our Online Application Form
This includes an eligibility questionnaire, as we have a range of apprenticeship programmes, across different levels. You’ll also be able to provide us with key reasons for pursuing your programme of choice.
2. Online Assessment
Including video guidance and an introduction to our organisation purpose, you’ll gain a greater understanding of some of the areas of work we’re involved in. Online assessments are time recorded, and you’ll complete a series of exercises. We’d recommend completing these exercises in one sitting.
3. Final Interview stage
The team will be in touch to provide you with the guidance and support you need, so you’re ready for the final assessment stage. You’ll meet members of the team, where you’ve applied, completing a series of exercises, during a 2 hour session.
All candidates, irrespective of stage you reach, will receive a feedback report. This will include areas of strength, but equally important, areas for development too.
Application Guidance and How to Apply
Frequently Asked Questions
Got a burning question? It's likely you'll find your answer here. From how to apply, to how to make your application stand out.
To apply for our Apprentice schemes, you’ll need to have the following:
- Willingness to get your full UK driving licence (if you don’t already have it)
- Ability to get to work and college independently – not all our sites are on public transport routes
- The full right to live and work in the UK (without restrictions).
Our schemes are structured to ensure that you receive a broad range of experience and development across the different sites within our business.
Utilities Operational Technician and Engineering Technician Scheme
During your two to three year apprenticeship, you’ll complete three rotation placements, working across our region. During the first year you’ll largely be off-site, completing the knowledge elements of the apprenticeship at our provider’s facility. In the second year you'll join your primary operational site for 12 months, while undertaking short placements and training courses as necessary to continue your development.
Higher Apprenticeships - Engineering, Project Management, Finance, Group Commercial and Digital Scheme
You’ll be based primarily in one of our office locations while studying at college or at one of our training providers on day release. While you’ll be working in your “day job” from day one you’ll take part in the full Apprentice Development Programme through short experience placements, internal training and the full Apprentice induction.
A strong network is in place to support you in your development on programme, including the Apprentice programme team and Apprentice buddies throughout our business – they’ll provide regular feedback on your progress. You’ll work closely with your line manager and site mentor, and will have quarterly performance reviews to discuss your progress, review action plans and discuss future development. You’ll also be assigned a colleague from within the business to act as your mentor, sharing their experiences and championing you as you progress within Severn Trent.
You’ll combine on-the-job learning with formal apprenticeship qualifications. In addition to this you will complete core training, including (where relevant) Health, Safety & the Environment, First Aid, Continuous Improvement, and Customer Experience. We encourage you to attend any training courses that are relevant to your role, as well as the wealth of internal training opportunities available across the business.
As part of your development you’ll have a Personal Development Plan. This will be set and agreed with your line manager and reviewed regularly to inform your bi-annual performance reviews. Successful completion of the Technician and Engineering schemes will see you awarded Engineering Technician status which will provide you an opportunity to register with the professional institutions and work towards Chartered Status.
The Apprentice schemes at Severn Trent require you to work across a range of our operational sites and key offices across the Severn Trent Water region as part of your rotation placements. Meetings and training courses are also held across the region, so willingness to be mobile and flexible with location is essential.
Generally our Operations and Engineering Technician Apprentices are based in the following Midlands areas:
- East (Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire/Warwickshire)
- West (Staffordshire/Shropshire)
- Central (Wolverhampton/Coventry/Stourbridge/Worcestershire/Gloucestershire
Higher Apprenticeship/Degree Apprenticeships - Finance, Group Commerical, Digital/IS and Solicitor are all based in the head office in Coventry.
To apply for our Apprenticeship Programmes, simply complete and submit your application form online by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button.
We assess each individual application against the strengths we know are important to success within Severn Trent.
FOUR EASY STEPS TO APPLY
All our new talent programmes are this easy to apply for! Click on the programmes you’ve researched, and will be applying to, via the relevant vacancy page and get started on the following steps:
1) APPLICATION FORM
The application form is no-fuss and quick; when you’ve found your perfect role, just click the Apply button to register your application, complete the eligibility questionnaire and begin completing our online application questions.
2) SEVERN TRENT ONLINE ASSESSMENT EXERCISES
The next step will be our online exercises. Included in here are video content to introduce you to our purpose at Severn Trent, and there’s guidance to help ensure you know what to do, before you start.
Exercises will introduce you to different areas of the business, and you’ll learn more about some of the work that we do, as you complete the exercises. Work through the scenario’s that are presented to you, and respond to each question naturally.
If you are successful in the first steps you will be asked to complete our online numerical cognitive tests, which are set at a level based on the role you have applied to. There’s no time pressure, and our numerical test is time recorded, not time limited. This enables us to gain a fair understanding of your strengths, working with numerical data.
3) APPLICATION REVIEW
With Final Interview Assessments taking place in April 2021, we’ll be monitoring progress of your application, and if you’ve successfully completed our online assessments, you’ll be notified. We’ll then complete a final review, with invitations to final interview assessments, being made during the week commencing 22nd March 2021.
4) FINAL INTERVIEW ASSESSMENT
This is the last stage and will take a couple of hours. Your invitation will include details of what you’ll be completing on the day, and what you’ll need to prepare. We pride ourselves and supporting all candidates, and in the run up to the day, and our team will provide you with all the guidance you need, so you feel confident, and ready. You’ll get a taste of what the role will be like and complete an interview and self-prepared presentation, that will actively look out for signs of your potential.
Our final assessment stages are now virtual, and on the day you’ll be welcomed by the New Talent Team, and assessors. The first part of the session includes informal introductions, and this helps both candidates, and our assessors, ahead of the interview and presentation.
There are some great resources and video interview tips to help you understand more about online interviews, as well as advice on how to prepare for video interviews.
For our 2022 programmes, we’ll be providing candidates with the option of completing this final assessment, virtually, or face to face. We’ll keep in touch with candidates, to provide updates on the options available.
OUTCOME AND FEEDBACK
Whether you’ve been successful or not, we always provide feedback to everyone because there’s nothing worse than hearing ‘other candidates were more suitable’! We’ll be in contact with you to provide initial feedback, and outcomes will be shared after our assessments have taken place.
We also pride ourselves on providing feedback to all candidates, in the shape of a Candidate Feedback Report. This is provided to all candidates, following the completion of our immersive online assessments. Included are details of your strengths, and in addition, areas of development, and this is based on how you’ve responded to the activities which you will have completed. This can help with preparation for your final assessment, but also, for those who unfortunately may not reach our final stage, you’ll be able to use this feedback, to support you in the future.
We aim to make offers to successful candidates as we’re holding assessment centres from December 2018. You’ll hear back from us within a week of your assessment centre date.
If you’re unsuccessful at assessment centre, we’ll arrange for feedback to be provided on your performance throughout the day if you request it.
Unfortunately we’re unable to offer full reimbursement for expenses you incur in attending interview or assessment centre. However, if you’re spending considerable amounts of money to attend, please raise this and we’ll aim to accommodate individual circumstances where possible to do so.
The schemes start in August 2019.
As an apprentice within Severn Trent, you can expect to be interviewed for a first substantive post before your apprenticeship is completed.