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Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you can read answers to the most frequently asked questions about our Graduate Programme.

What happens after the programme finishes? Will I still have a job?

As a graduate within Scottish Water, you are on a permanent contract. As a specialist graduate it is likely that you will remain in the business area to which you have been aligned whilst on the graduate programme. 

After the end of your graduate programme, it is expected that you are actively ambitious and looking to progress within the company.  We’ll continue to support you with this wherever possible and rest assured the development doesn’t end when the graduate programme does!

Is there an application deadline?

Yes, applications to the 2014 Graduate Programme will be accepted until Thursday, 27th November 2014. You must apply by this date and we would encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. 

Do you pay expenses to candidates travelling to interviews / assessment centres?

Yes, we may reimburse you for reasonable travel costs and expenses. Please email us in advance of your interview / assessment centre to advise likely costs and we will confirm if we are able to support with reimbursement.

Do you require a certain degree classification?

For our graduate programme the minimum criteria is a 2:1 degree classification

Is it a general scheme or do you recruit for specific disciplines?

In 2014, in line with business priorities, all graduates will be recruited for our specialist programme where specific disciplines are required. These will be detailed in the advertisement information for the role and will be specific to the area of the business the role will be based. The specialism areas for 2015 are likely to be STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Are there any age restrictions?

No, our graduate programme is designed to be open for all who meet the minimum criteria to apply.

Can I apply if I’ve completed my degree and started work already?

Yes, we welcome applications from anyone who has graduated in recent years

I have a disability, can I still apply?

Of course, Scottish Water supports all disabilities; just let us know if you require anything specific to help you at the start of the process.

What is the salary package?

Starting salary is £21,000. We also offer a comprehensive range of benefits including 37 days holiday per year with the option to buy an extra 5 days and additional time off for volunteering activities.

When do recruits start?

We envisage that the 2015 intake of graduates will start in late September. The exact start date will be confirmed throughout the recruitment process.

Can I defer my start date?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept deferred applications. If you’re taking a gap year to broaden your horizons through travel, voluntary work or work experience, we would love to hear from you once you’re back and ready to go.

Where could I be based?

Graduate trainee placements are predominantly based in the central belt of Scotland with our main office locations being Dunfermline, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We serve our customers the length and breadth of Scotland though so you should be prepared to travel to other locations and to travel between different offices, a driving license is desirable.

What training is provided?

All graduate trainees receive a comprehensive training plan.

I have applied to Scottish Water before, can I re-apply?

Yes, you are welcome to re-apply although we cannot guarantee you'll make it to the same stage as before as this will depend on the quality and quantity of other candidates applying.

You are also welcome to respond to adverts on our website.

Will you accept speculative CVs?

No - only online applications will be accepted unless there are special circumstances, for example if you have support requirements. 

You can submit your graduate application until Thursday, 27th November - Click here for more information and to apply

Do you have to do shift work?

Not normally, although each part of the business will have its own working patterns which aren't always the traditional 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Do you support Work Permits?

We support valid work permits but do not sponsor them. You need to have a current right to work in the UK for the full duration of our Graduate Programme.