Supporting development

The making of a person. The making of an organisation.

You might enter our scheme as a graduate, but one thing's for sure, before long you'll be heading into your next role as a technical, operational or people leader.


We have the dedicated training and support to help you develop and reach your potential.


From technical and specialist training, to mentoring and coaching – we have lots on offer to help you become the best leader you can be.

One of our graduates working

A helping hand

Managers, mentors and buddies will also be on hand to help you get to grips with your new role. You can expect regular reviews and twice-yearly appraisals to keep you on track.


They’re a friendly bunch and will show you the ropes – there’s quite a lot to get your head around.


If you’re selected for the scheme, our one piece of advice would be to get stuck in! Your placements will take you all over our business to understand how we work. There’s also the opportunity to attend internal courses and you’ll have the opportunity to attend industry events, helping you to further expand your knowledge of the water industry.

All the hard work pays off!


Once you’ve settled in, we’ll be strongly supporting you to achieve industry standard and professional qualifications related to your sector, including:

  • Institute of Leadership and Management
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Association of Project Management
  • Institute of Asset Management

“UU stood out to me because it’s the only IChemE accredited graduate scheme in the water industry.” 

James, assistant area engineering manager

Up for the CEO challenge?

The CEO challenge will be a highlight and a lasting memory of the graduate scheme.

Don’t believe us? Hear it straight from the graduate’s mouth…

“My favourite part of the graduate scheme so far would have to be the development in the technology I first picked up as part of the CEO challenge. During the challenge, I trialled a new piece of equipment. Since the trial, it’s become a live project, led by myself. Getting the equipment powered up and running to help solve a business need, which is saving UU money was a great feeling.”

Simon, graduate electrical engineer

This is your chance to get to know your fellow graduate, get out and about the business and bring some innovative thinking to United Utilities.