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If you’re passionate about solving some of the world’s biggest challenges and you have enthusiasm, curiosity and intellect, we want to hear from you.
To apply for our available schemes head across to our 'Graduate Programmes' page to review and apply to the roles the suit you.
Our Application Process
Frequently Asked Questions
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Leadership & Project Management Programmes: a degree in any discipline, with any grade qualification
Technical Leadership - Engineering Programme: an accredited engineering related degree, with any grade qualification. Roles are
available in any of the following areas: Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Chemical or Civil
Technical Leadership - Technology: a Business or Computing related degree subject, with any grade qualification
Technical Leadership – Finance Programme: a degree in any discipline and with any grade qualification
Engineering Undergraduate Summer/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 Summer Placements are structured to ensure that you receive a broad range of experience and development opportunities across the different areas within our business.
For the Business Leadership Programme, over twenty-seven months you’ll complete three varied nine-month placements leading projects and teams.
For our Technical Leadership - Engineering Programme and Undergraduate Summer/Year Placement,you’ll complete a range of placements, projects and secondmentsincluding with our Supply Chain partners focussing on differentelements of your chosen specialism aligned to the UK Spec, ensuringyou’re constantly working towards becoming Chartered. The projects on the Summer Placements are over twelve weeks and the Year-long Placement is forty-eight weeks long.
The Technical Leadership – Technology Programme, overthree, nine-month placements across the twenty-seven months, you’ll have end-to-end responsibility for live projects and programmes.
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. OurUndergraduate Summer Placement runs for twelve weeks and offers a uniqueopportunity to experience finance from a business perspective. You’llwork 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
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.
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 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.