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Benefits and Extras

There’s plenty to look forward to when starting your career on Scottish Water’s Graduate Programme; We offer a great starting salary, on-the-job learning, as well as opportunities to share your experiences with your graduate peers and learn from ex-graduate buddies.


What's on offer?

  1. Starting salary of £21,000 per annum.
  2. 37 days holiday package. (inclusive of 6 bank holidays)
  3. 2 paid volunteering days per year
  4. Eligibility to join the defined benefit, contributory pension scheme
  5. Access to 'SW Splash', saving you money on holidays, bills and shopping.
  6. Participation in engineering and business competitions.
  7. Various opportunities to be involved in community, sports, social and fundraising activities as part of Scottish Water’s ‘Great Place to Work’

Previous graduates have been involved in International assignments, industry-wide events and Emergency Planning exercises to name but a few. Your future opportunities are up to you. It’s your drive and ability that will help you progress through the programme and our business.


WaterAid fundraising events

We have a strong Graduate community that has been involved in organising charity events for our charity of choice, WaterAid. There’s a calendar of events which includes; walks, runs and cycles. For those of you less into outdoor pursuits there are plenty of office events including bake sales, quizzes and raffles to name a few.


Volunteering days

Have you ever considered volunteering but never found the time? Here at Scottish Water you’re entitled to take up to two days paid volunteering leave a year, in addition to your annual leave. It is as simple as that.

It’s a great experience and gives you the chance to meet people, share and develop your skills - or learn some new ones - and do something positive to help others.

You could choose to volunteer with any registered charity or community group, or participate in one of the activities organised by our Volunteering team.


The Development Programme

Our graduate development programme offers two and a half years of structured learning in which you can develop your skills and abilities for your future career with Scottish Water.

Throughout your time on the programme we provide a range of development opportunities which will see you gain new skills, meet with managers and directors whilst also getting to know the other graduates a little better.

  1. Induction Training
  2. Visits to Operational sites
  3. Opportunities for job shadowing activities
  4. Access to our Business Leaders through Discussion Groups
  5. Links to existing graduates
  6. Skills-based courses, including project management, presentation skills and performance management
  7. Leadership development activities
  8. Personality profiling through the use of Insights
  9. Culture Workshop
  10. Involvement in a Graduate Project which is then presented to our Executive Leadership Team
  11. The chance to get involved with WaterAid, Scottish Water’s chosen charity
  12. Ongoing Feedback and support from a Placement Manager and People & Organisational Development
  13. Industry events to deepen your understanding of challenges and innovation across the sector

Graduate Blog

We like graduates to have an input to the programme and encourage them to develop their own ideas to make the graduate programme and Scottish Water a ‘Great Place to Work’. A team of graduates set up a weekly blog which can be accessed by all Scottish Water employees to gain an insight into the work our graduates are doing. It also is a great way of graduates understanding what their peers are doing and raising their profile within the business.


Personal Development

Right from the start we will outline the expected attitudes and behaviours framework; you’ll be able to track and evidence your own progress and take ownership for your own development. At the beginning of each placement you’ll be set clear expectations and will receive regular 1:1’s with your placement managers to discuss your performance in relation to these and your career aspirations, formal reviews every 6 months are supported by People, Workplace and Organisational Development.