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Are you passionate about the environment? Ready to kickstart a career where you can really make a splash? Join South West Water and you’ll gain invaluable hands-on experience as you explore our business and help us build a better future for our communities.

We’re looking for 20 enthusiastic, motivated graduates to join our 2022 Graduate Programme. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to make an impact and lead the way to a brighter future at South West Water, dive in.

How to apply?

If you’ve decided to visit this page, then you are probably seriously considering applying to join our Graduate Programme. Or perhaps you are even ready to apply.

After selecting your preferred rotation, you will need to need to fill in an online application form, upload your CV and a Cover letter. As part of your application, you will be required to record a video clip of yourself responding to three questions.

Regulatory Graduate rotation

IT Graduate rotation

HR Graduate rotation

Engineering Graduate rotation

Investor Relations Graduate

Quantity Surveyor Graduate

Project Manager Graduate

Data Analytics Graduate

Software/Machine Learning Developer Graduate


The closing date for applications is 20 February 2022 and you will hear back from us after then.

Good luck!

Why join South West Water?

Joining South West Water offers you the chance to be part of a diverse team that’s delivering a sustainable future for the South West. Here, you’ll get to know yourself and grow yourself as you enjoy real responsibility, real variety and real satisfaction from day one.

If you’re in the final year of your degree or have recently graduated, join South West Water’s Graduate Programme and we’ll look to you to help us innovate, create, and affect change that will positively impact our 1.7 million customers across the South West region.

Working here means immersing yourself in the knowledge and fresh thinking that flows into every corner of our business. And our scale, scope and ambition gives you the chance to make your own career path.

To play your part, #JustAddWater.

How does our Graduate Programme work?

The Programme will launch in September 2021 and is open for 20 graduates to participate. 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 through:

  • An induction program where you will network with colleagues in our business and learn more about us, the Graduate programme and development opportunities,
  • The two-year programme will comprise of you working in a specific function, these departments include; IT, Engineering, Regulatory, HR, Finance and Operations.  These placements may also provide rotations within those specific business areas throughout the two-year programme

What can you expect?

Your work will make a meaningful contribution and make a difference to our customers.

You can expect:

  • Hands-on experience with varied, challenging projects. You will have the flexibility to choose your career path as you rotate across different teams within our Operations Business. You will be able to set and achieve real goals as you take on challenging and varied work.
  • Ongoing learning and development. You will receive ongoing training to equip you as a future leader throughout the two years. Your supervisor will support you and give you the tools and training you need on the job.
  • Support and networking opportunities. Your mentor and manager will support you when you start and throughout the year. You will be able to build networks with your fellow graduates as well as senior leaders across the business.
  • Your health, safety and wellbeing to be our priority. We respect and value the needs of our people to ensure they have the right work-life balance.

What do we want from you?

We are looking for graduates who are lifelong learners with innovative, creative and open minds.

You will need to:

  • have completed your undergraduate degree the previous year, or be due to complete it this year,
  • be a team player,
  • be curious and be keen to discover more,
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills,
  • be flexible and open to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline?

20 February 2022

Is there a minimum degree classification?

No, we will consider all classifications, from all disciplines.

Can I apply if I have already graduated?

Yes. We will consider your application if you have graduated in recent years.

Do you provide sponsorship?

No, we can only consider applications from individuals who have a right to work in the UK.

How do I apply?

What is the recruitment process?

If your application is successful you will have a preliminary chat with one of our team who will tell you more about the Graduate Programme. You then will be invited to a Virtual Assessment Centre.

What happens at a Virtual Assessment Centre?

During the Assessment Centre, there will be assessed sessions. We evaluate a range of skills across different exercises including a group exercise, an individual exercise and a  strengths-based interview. You will receive your own pack of information pack outlining your schedule for the Assessment Centre.

What is the salary?

£25,500 plus benefits rising to £30,000. To read more on this click HERE.

When does the Programme start?

12 September 2022

Where could I be based?

You will be based in our Head Office in Exeter, in one of our regional offices or in one of our treatment works, so you will have a full drivers license.

What will my work involve?

All our employees work as one large team to deliver our business plan and provide the services our customers expect from us. The link below outlines our 5-year business and provides some insight into the work you’ll be supporting in helping us deliver our New Deal for customers.

Our New Deal

Will I need to work shift patterns?

Clearly, we are not a regular 9-5 business as our customers need our services 24 hours a day, whatever the weather. Some of our front-line employees work shift patterns to deliver our essential services but we don’t anticipate this will include you. What we require from you, as we ask from all our leaders, is a flexible approach to ensure our employee are supported as and when needed.

What happens when the Programme finishes? Will I still have a job?

As a Graduate at South West Water, you will be on a permanent contract. Towards the end of the two-year Programme, we will work with you to identify opportunities within the business that are aligned with your career goals ensuring the right fit for you and the Business needs. Once the Programme ends and you start a permanent role in South West Water, we will continue to support you and your career development journey.

I have a question that isn’t covered in the above, who can I contact?

You can email us at Talent@Pennon-group.co.uk