Graduate FAQs

  • When does the application period close?

    The deadline for receipt of applications for our 2017 programmes was 13 November 2016. If you would like news and updates on our 2018 programmes, please register your interest here.

  • Can I apply if I have already completed my degree studies and have started work?

    Yes, United Utilities welcome applications from those who have graduated in recent years.

  • Am I required to have a certain class of degree?

    Please see the individual adverts for specific degree requirements.

  • Are there any age restrictions?

    There are no age restrictions, however our programme is designed for graduates who have little or no experience of work.

  • Are United Utilities able to provide sponsorship?

    While the Company will give all applications due consideration, regrettably the Company is usually unable to offer sponsorship to candidates who do not have a current right to live and work in the UK. Under the immigration rules, the Company needs to show that there is no suitable settled worker who can do the job before we can sponsor a non-settled worker on the Graduate Programme. This is usually not possible due to the very high volume of applications we receive every year from potentially suitable candidates.

  • If I am a reservists or thinking of becoming a reservist will UU support this?

    Yes, we fully support employees who are reservists as we believe the skills they learn in their military roles also very much benefit their UU working lives. Reserves with at least six months service are entitled to ten days paid leave per year to attend the annual training camp. If you have less than six months service, you are entitled to five days paid leave to attend the annual training camp.

  • If I am successful in obtaining a place on the graduate programme, when will I commence?

    Your start date will be September 2017 (exact date to be advised nearer the time).

    Is it possible for me to defer my start date? Unfortunately we would not be able to accept deferred applications, so if you are planning on taking a gap year, we would be happy to hear from you once you are ready to commence employment.

  • Are you able to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates?

    Due to the high volume of applications we receive unfortunately are not able to provide feedback from the initial stages in the process, but will provide individual feedback at the assessment centre stage.