Applications for 12-month undergraduate placements now open

Undergraduates are given the opportunity to experience a year in the engineering and built environment sectors.

A group of leading businesses is offering year-long, paid placements for undergraduates with an interest in engineering or the built environment sectors, with opportunities available in the North East.

Northumbrian Water, Esh-Stantec, Turner & Townsend, Interserve, MMB, Wood and IWS (Integrated Water Services) are running the joint programme for 12 months, starting in September.

Depending on ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the programme will remain flexible, but it is hoped that during the course of the placements, students will rotate their time among the participating businesses.

Esh-Stantec – a joint venture between Esh Construction and Stantec – is one of the group companies which will host the undergraduates for a period of time throughout their placement. Esh-Stantec was formed in 2015 to deliver Northumbrian Water Group’s Water and Wastewater Infrastructure design and build framework.

David Pratt, Framework Director at Esh-Stantec, said: “Undergraduate placements provide a fantastic opportunity for students to get a head start on their journey in the industry.

“Throughout their time on placement, they will gain invaluable experience across some of the North East’s leading businesses, as well as an understanding of capital infrastructure projects from conception to completion. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in engineering or the built environment, this is an opportunity not to be missed.”

Successful applicants will gain skills while working on Northumbrian Water projects and receive the voluntary living wage.

Richard Woodhouse, Capital Delivery Programme Manager at Northumbrian Water, said: “Across the last six years, we have had some amazing young people come through our placements programme, and some have even obtained full-time employment among the group of companies as a result.

“So, these placements are a real opportunity for those successful applicants to come in and not only learn, but to make a real contribution and a lasting mark on the companies and projects involved.

“We are really excited to meet the young people who come through this year’s application process and to share in their development as they start their careers.”

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter, which can be accompanied by a supporting Vlog if they choose, to NWG.academy@nwl.co.uk by Friday, March 19, 2021.

Candidates for the year-long programme must be available to work in the 12-month period from September 2021 to August 2022.

Anybody interested in applying, who has questions, can address them to NWG.academy@nwl.co.uk

Throughout their time on placement, they will gain invaluable experience across some of the North East’s leading businesses, as well as an understanding of capital infrastructure projects from conception to completion. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in engineering or the built environment, this is an opportunity not to be missed.”

David Pratt, Framework Director at Esh-Stantec

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