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Graduates & Undergrads
Do you have the potential to shape the future of our business? Make sure you apply for one of our Graduate Programmes or Undergraduate Placements today.

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 Graduate Programmes today.

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Technical Leadership – Finance Programme: a degree in any discipline and with any grade qualification
Engineering Undergraduate Year Placements: Be working towards an accredited Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical or Civil Engineering degree
Finance Undergraduate Placement: Be working towards a degree, in any discipline

Please note: You’ll also need to be eligible to work permanently in the UK without restriction.

Our Graduate Leadership Programmes and Undergraduate Placements are structured to ensure that you receive a broad range of experience and development opportunities across the different areas within our business.

For our Technical Leadership - Engineering Programme, you’ll work on various projects or secondments including with our Supply Chain partners,  focussing on different elements of your chosen specialism aligned to the UK Spec, ensuring you’re constantly working towards becoming Chartered. The 12 Month Undergraduate Placements will see you join a team and be part of a range of project work in either our Design, Delivery or PMO office. Where you'll increase your inductry knowledge, contribute to real projects and develop an understanding of our project life-cycle.

Our Technical Leadership - Finance Graduate Programme combines four, nine-month operational and commercial rotations and fully-funded training to help you work towards a CIMA or ACCA qualification. Our Undergraduate Summer Placement runs for twelve weeks and offers a unique opportunity to experience finance from a regulated business perspective.  You’ll work across our four key finance teams: Financial Service Centre, Performance and Planning, Treasury, Group Finance and Internal Audit.


We have a strong network in place to support your development, including the graduate programme HR team and leadership programme co-ordinators  in each business area. They'll provide regular feedback on your  performance. You’ll work closely with your line manager and have quarterly performance reviews to discuss your progress, review action plans and discuss future development. You'll also be assigned a mentor, a senior colleague who’ll share their experiences and champion you as you develop your career at Severn Trent.

Your operational placements on the programmes focus on developing the key skills and experiences that you’ll require to be a future leader for Severn Trent, either through leading teams of people or key business  projects. You’ll combine on the job learning with formal leadership  development training modules, which include: Project Management Introduction, Fab Financials, Empowering Leadership and Awesome Customer Experience.

We encourage you to attend any training courses externally 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 to help drive and own your development. This will be set and agreed with your line manager and reviewed regularly to inform your bi-annual
performance reviews.

The Graduate Leadership programmes at Severn Trent require you to work across a range of our operational sites and key offices across our
region as part of your placements whilst on the programme. Meetings and training courses are also held across the region, so willingness to be flexible with location and to be mobile is essential.

The Technology and Finance programmes will be based primarily between our Coventry and Solihull offices, although travel between sites may also be required. Our Finance Summer placements are based at our head office, Severn Trent Centre in Coventry.

To apply for our Graduate Leadership 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.


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:


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.


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


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.


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 November 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 Graduate Leadership Programmes all start in September 2019 - although there may be opportunities for an earlier start date for some
of the roles available, which will be discussed at the assessment

The Engineering and Finance Undergraduate Summer Placements run from
July 2019 – September 2019 and the Engineering Year Placements run from
September 2019 – September 2020.

As a Graduate within Severn Trent, you are on a permanent contract. Towards the end of your Graduate Programme, we’ll assist you to actively look for and secure your next role within the organisation – a role
that continues to challenge and develop you as a leader.

After completing an Undergraduate Placement, it’s a gateway into a career at Severn Trent and you’ll be considered for a permanent position.