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Graduate programme opens at leading UK utility

Posted on: 21/03/2017

A leading utility is seeking people from across Wales and the south West of England to apply for its coveted graduate programme.

Gas emergency and pipeline service Wales & West Utilities has announced its graduate programme is open and is urging young people from across the area to apply. New graduate recruits will be based in the company’s Newport headquarters in Wales.

The company’s two-year graduate programme is wide-ranging and focuses on the achievement of Chartered Engineer status via a series of engineering placements and a comprehensive graduate support network. Accredited by both the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the programme has been running for nine years.

Wales & West Utilities is looking for graduates who have (or expect to achieve) a bachelors or masters degree class of 2:2 or higher in Construction Management, Civil Engineering or a degree course which is accredited by IMechE, IET or IGEM.

The graduate scheme has opened shortly after Wales & West Utilities announced its intention to recruit 23 new apprentices to work on its operations across Wales and the south west of England.

Since the company was set up in 2005, Wales & West Utilities have recruited more than 140 apprentices and 11 graduates and now that the programme is open for 2017, the company is urging those who think they have what it takes to apply for a place on the coveted scheme.

Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director, Sarah Hopkins, said:

“The opening of our graduate programme demonstrates our commitment to investing in our team so we have all the skills, confidence and innovative thinking to meet the challenges of the future and continue to keep our customers safe and warm.

“Our graduate programme will prepare the next generation of gas engineers and managers and give them all the skills they need to deliver for our customers’ whether working in an operational or a back office support role.

 We have a reputation for providing outstanding levels of customer service and we are counting on our graduates to help maintain these levels into the future.”

Anyone who thinks they have what it takes to help Wales & West Utilities keep the gas flowing should click here for more information.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. 

The company also has a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to new plastic ones to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.