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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.

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 Graduate Programmes 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 ofthe above goes 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.

4. Feedback

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 the answer here. From how to apply, to how to make your application stand out.

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 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.


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:

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 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.