2024 Graduate Apprenticeship: Construction & the Built Environment (Quantity Surveying)

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The starting salary is £20,696. Plus, you’ll receive an £800 increase in your pay every six months (and two even bigger increases in your final year). Plus, we’ll cover all the university fees.

2024 Graduate Apprenticeship: Construction & the Built Environment (Quantity Surveying) (Locations across Scotland) – August Entry 


Start your career with a splash. 

Are you trying to decide between university and an apprenticeship?  You know that getting a degree will be important if you want to become a Chartered Surveyor down the line. But you’re also keen to earn some money and gain practical experience.

A Graduate Apprenticeship offers the best of both worlds. Meaningful paid work experience, on-the-job training, alongside part time study at a top university.

Join us as a Construction and the Built Environment (Quantity Surveying) Graduate Apprentice, and in 4 years' time you’ll be graduating debt-free with a BSc (Hons) from Glasgow Caledonian University and 4 years of work experience under your belt. It’s an incredible way to start your career.


What you’ll do   

Working with the guidance of our Commercial Managers you’ll learn how to manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects from the initial calculations to the final accounts.  

Over time you’ll develop technical, legal, analytical and evaluation skills in contractual frameworks, costing a project and enhancing value for money, while still achieving the required client expectations, standards, and quality.

Nothing is more important to us than safety – so expect to be working in a safety-first environment to make sure that you, your colleagues, and the public all go home safely every day.


Looking out for you

While the work we do is important, we know it’s not the only thing that matters. That’s why we make sure you have everything you need to find a good work-life balance.

Our normal working hours are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday – but you may need to work outside of those hours occasionally depending on the project you’re working on. You’ll get plenty of time to recharge with 38 days of holiday every year (including public holidays). And you can even buy five more if you need a little extra time. You can also take paid time off to volunteer in your community.

When it comes to major life events we have family-friendly policies around adoption, maternity, and parental leave. And for the everyday? We embrace flexible working.

For your future, there’s our pension (the ‘know-what-you’ll-get-when-you-retire’ kind), as well as life assurance.

As for some nice extras? You can expect an annual company bonus. Not to mention access to SW Splash – handy rewards that can save you money on holidays, bills, and shopping.


A note to the ladies

Every year, more women are offered places on our apprenticeship programmes – and they’re thriving.

But despite our best efforts, women don’t apply for apprenticeships in the same numbers as men. Which means they are still under-represented in these sorts of roles. That’s something we would love to change.

So, to the ladies reading this, please don’t be deterred by stereotypes. Apprenticeships are for everybody. We’re looking for people who’d enjoy this kind of role. If that includes you, we absolutely want you to apply.

We have a strong network of women (and men!) across Scottish Water who will be there to support and encourage you every step of the way.

The not-so-small print

You’ll be offered a 4-year fixed term contract for the length of your degree programme. The vast majority of our apprentices choose to stay with us after they complete their programmes. And many people choose to spend their entire career with us!

The starting salary is £20,696. Plus, you’ll receive an £800 increase in your pay every six months (and two even bigger increases in your final year). Plus, we’ll cover all the university fees.   

Depending on where you live, you’ll be based in at our main offices. But you won’t be in the office every day. We work very flexibly, either from home or from other sites across Scotland.   


A few final things worth knowing…

Research shows that some people avoid applying for jobs unless they can meet every single criteria. If you’re interested in this job, but don’t tick all the boxes, apply anyway! We hardly ever hire people who can do every part of a job from Day One. Everyone has a learning curve. So don’t rule yourself out!

Let us know if there are any changes we can make to our recruitment process to help you perform at your best. Lots of our people have disabilities or neurodiverse conditions (including some of our recruiters!). We're also aware that some people might be experiencing temporary challenges because of life events, like menopause. We’re very used to making adjustments, so please don’t be afraid to ask.

As part of our commitment to developing a flourishing Scotland, it’s important that all our employees are Scottish taxpayers. If you join us, your home address will need to be in Scotland. If you don’t already live here, you'll need to commit to moving here within your first three months.

Finally (finally!), candidates who haven’t submitted an application in the last 12 months will have their records removed from our recruitment database. You won’t need to do anything. Your data will be automatically deleted.

We’re here to help. Ask us anything at SWRecruitment@ScottishWater.co.uk 


Closing date: 7 April 2024.

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