Industrial placements

Industrial placements

If you are studying at university and looking for a year in industry between your second and third year, an industrial placement is ideal.

The type of industrial placements we offer vary each year and can include those in the following fields: mechanical and electrical, science and environmental.

We aim to provide the support and guidance to ensure an industrial placement with us is rewarding for both you and us.

“Offering undergraduate opportunities helps us to support our future talent pipeline, while also helping young people gain the experience and practical competence which are imperative to securing long term employment,”

John Thompson, Executive Director of Wessex Water Engineering and Sustainable Development

Applying for a placement

To apply for an industrial placement you will need to demonstrate that you are:

  • studying a subject that connects with our industry
  • interested in the water industry
  • flexible with an innovative approach
  • dedicated and determined with the desire and drive to learn 
  • achieving strong academic results or have relevant experience.

The early careers adviser made starting a new job, in a new place really easy. They created a thought-out plan, with all the training we required, while still being very flexible for us to shape the experience based on our own interests.

Benefits of a placement

If you are successful in joining us for an industrial placement, we want to make sure you get the best out of the experience.

After all we will be together for only a year!

You will join an exemplary technical team and will be introduced to the business along with other students on an industrial placement.

You can expect lots of hard work and copious amounts of health and safety training as well as great team building activities too.

Most of our industrial placement programmes are supported by a detailed training plan outlining learning and development opportunities during the year.

You may work with a dedicated ‘buddy’ - a mentor who will be on hand to answer any questions you have. 

And during your placement you will be supported by our early careers adviser who will also regularly check in with you that your time with us is going as well as you had hoped, if not better!

Beyond the placement

Depending on your placement programme and the commitment and competence you demonstrate during the year, there may be a future for you at Wessex Water.

Following successful placements we have offered students:

  • part-time paid work to complement final year study
  • conversion to degree apprenticeship which involves continuing university studies, paid work and a structured approach to developing skills and behaviours
  • full-time employment
  • chartership support and guidance.

How to apply

You will find industrial placements advertised in current vacancies and on a wide number of university careers portals.

You can receive notifications when new placement opportunities are posted on our website - simply register your details for updates.

Due to data protection we cannot accept speculative CVs and applications.