A utility company is on the hunt for talented young people from across Gloucestershire and the surrounding regions to apply for its graduate programme.
Gas emergency and pipeline service Wales and West Utilities will offer young people the chance to train in its new headquarters, located in Newport.
The successful applicants will begin a two-year graduate programme with the aim of obtaining chartered engineer status.
Graduates who possess, or will soon have, a bachelor or master’s degree of 2.2 or higher in Construction Management, Civil Engineering or an accredited degree course are eligible to apply.
The course – which has been running for nine years – itself is accredited by both the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM).
IMechE’s MPDS system is also used to monitor the progress of graduates and to ensure development is aligned with the UK-Spec Engineering competency framework.
Meeting the challenges of the future
This new drive to recruit talented graduates comes after the company announced its intentions to recruit 23 new apprentices to work on its operations across Wales and the South West of England.
Wales and West Utilities People and 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.”
It is hoped that the graduate programme will ensure there is a pipeline of gas engineers and managers within the company, who have the skills needed to work in an operational or back-office role.
The company – which brings energy to 7.5 million people across the South West of England and Wales – is renowned for its levels of customer service and is counting on graduate recruits to continue the trend.