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To apply for our Apprentice schemes, you’ll need to have the following:
- At least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including Maths, English and ideally a Science subject
- 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 Comerical 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 - Engineering - are spread between our head office in Coventry or in our regional offices in Warwick, Derby and Telford.
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! If
you want to tap into you potential, click on whatever you’re interested in on
the careers 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 interest and
begin completing our online application questions.
2) SST & ABILITY TESTING
The next step will be our Situational Strengths Test (SST)
that sees how you’d react in certain situations. If you are successful in the
first steps you will take part in our online ability tests, which are set at a
level based on the role you have applied to, but generally consist of a numerical
and verbal element. There’s no time pressure, so take your time and do your
3) ASSESSMENT CENTRE
This is the last stage and only takes half a day! You’ll get
a taste of what the role will be like and complete tasks that will actively
look out for signs of your potential.
4) OUTCOME AND FEEDBACK
Whether you’ve been successful or not, we always give proper
feedback to everyone because there’s nothing worse than hearing ‘other
candidates were more suitable’! We pride ourselves in contacting you within 48hrs
of the event.
There’s a massive demand for the events that usually happen
from November to March each academic year, so don’t wait to apply, do it now!
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.