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Work placements
We offer a range of temporary placements within the company, both paid and unpaid. Depending on your age and requirements, you can find out what it's like to work for a major company, develop your skills within the context of a work environment, or gain experience which will be invaluable to future career plans.

Please read more about the various options below. If you have any queries please contact us at employeedevelopment@southwestwater.co.uk

School Work Experience

Work experience placements at South West Water help to prepare students for the transition from school to work. You'll gain a greater understanding of the world of work and how businesses operate, learn what an employer expects of its employees and can explore career options. Contact us at employeedevelopment@southwestwater.co.uk and let us know which areas of our business you'd like to experience.

Student Placements

Whether you need to temporarily work within a professional environment to satisfy the requirements of your course or whether you are conducting research for a project or dissertation, a placement with South West Water provides the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding within an employment context. If you are an individual, or are a University course leader, contact us at employeedevelopment@southwestwater.co.uk outlining your requirements.


Internships at South West Water are intended to allow individuals to gain relevant professional experience before embarking on a career. Internships can be undertaken during vacation periods or a gap year. South West Water has previously provided placements in Information Services, Health & Safety and Security, Engineering, Waste Water and Water Treatment.

The route to an internship is typically via The Year in Industry (YINI) scheme administered by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) or via Graduate Business Partnerships administered by the University of Exeter.

The Year in Industry are the UK's leading student placement experts.  They work with South West Water to provide high quality paid placements for students in their gap year before or during their degree course. For more information please visit http://www.yini.org.uk

The University of Exeter Graduate Business Partnership scheme is designed to help get graduates onto supported internship placements with companies usually based in the south west such as South West Water. For more information please visit http://www.exeter.ac.uk/careers/graduates/gbp/


South West Water offers a range of apprenticeships which provide people with excellent opportunities to start their careers in the water industry. Click here Apprenticeships

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