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Do you want to make a difference in an industry that provides vital services to millions of people every day? Are you passionate about the environment? Are you looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career?

Our Graduate Management Programme offers all this as well as gaining a valuable insight and understanding into how our business works throughout Operations, Engineering, Projects, People and Performance.

Read on to hear more and apply if you’re up for the challenge!

We are launching our Graduate Programme for 2024 where we are recruiting at least 20 Graduates to welcome into the business who will work with us to bring their talents, share their enthusiasm, motivation and become our leaders of the future.

How does our Graduate programme work?

The Programme will launch on Monday 16th September 2024, it is a full-time, permanent opportunity working in our business based in the South West region. During this time, we help you discover your potential through a range of learning opportunities.

As part of the two-year programme your placement will be within our IT department where you’ll be able to put your degree to good use by gaining valuable hands-on experience across a broad range of critical business activities in our IT Directorate. Working with existing teams, the programme provides an opportunity to gain experience in one of areas below:

Data Engineer: you will play a vital part in a dynamic team supporting the design and build of South West Water’s new data architecture. Your work will build the foundation upon which data may be served to applications and data scientists across the Group. This will enable faster, better and predictive modelling and decision making, allowing us to better serve our customers and the environment. Bringing enthusiasm, technical understanding, and an ability to adapt and learn, you will help to optimise existing data infrastructure and pipelines while engaging with teams to deliver next generation data initiatives.

Project Coordinator:the Project Management Office oversees and supports the delivery of all Pennon Group IT projects. Projects range widely and cover Application upgrades and implementations, Infrastructure roll outs, Security enhancements, Operational Technology initiatives, Business Intelligence reporting solutions and Systems Integration. We use a number of well-defined project governance processes and our PMO function is responsible for ensuring these are understood and closely followed as well as seeking out and implementing improvements.

What can you expect?

A comprehensive week-long induction programme where you will network with colleagues in our business to learn more about us, the Graduate Programme and development opportunities. You will attend site visits and meet our Directors and CEO.

Hands-on experience with varied, challenging projects. You will have the flexibility to choose your career path as you gain exposure to areas throughout our IT department.

You will receive ongoing training to equip you within your placement throughout the two years. Your manager will support you and give you the tools and training you need on the job. You will spend 1-day a week working towards a qualification which will compliment your learning and development which will be delivered by our college provider.

You will be assigned a buddy and mentor who will support you when you start and throughout the programme. You will be able to build networks with your fellow graduates as well as senior leaders across the business.

Your health, safety, and well-being to be our priority. We respect and value the needs of our people to ensure they have the right work-life balance.

What we need from you

We are as interested in your interpersonal skills, your capability to learn and positively contribute as we are in your technical knowledge. Our ideal IT Graduate will be:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent through relevant training and experience
  • Motivated, passionate, adaptable and driven to achieve goals and objectives
  • Flexibility is important, you’ll be joining a large and busy team
  • You should expect to be taken out of your comfort zone and discover something new all the time –a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn will be key
  • Excellent numeracy and analytical skills, with the ability to consider data and evidence, the ability to draw out implications of different options and make recommendations
  • Able to work accurately, prioritise work and manage time effectively.
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing to colleagues, at all levels, throughout the business

You will need to click on the 'apply for this job' tab below and fill in an online application form and upload your CV. As part of your application, you will be required to record and upload a short video clip of yourself responding to 3 questions which should take no longer than 3 minutes in total.

If your video file is too large to upload, please send awetransfer link to talent@pennon-group.co.uk.

The questions are

  1. Why do you want to work for South West Water?
  2. What does a good workplace culture look like to you?
  3. How would your peers describe you?

The closing date for applications is Friday 29th March 2024 and you will hear back from us ahead of the Virtual Assessment Centres which will take place between Tuesday 12th March and Friday 19th April.