SEPA graduate trainee scheme – do you have what it takes?


gradsAs Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, we work hard to ensure that we have the right skills, knowledge and experience in place to provide world class environmental protection for Scotland to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

We take a closer look at one of the initiatives we’ve recently launched to help us achieve this.

Scotland has a world class environment, we’re famous for it. So at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), we’ve set our aim to be a world class environment protection agency (EPA) to look after this environment for the people of Scotland.

Our One Planet Prosperity sets out a powerful vision for our approach to regulation over the coming years. To enable us to deliver our vision, we want to build on our workforce of talented and committed people, as well as making our organisation even more diverse. That’s why we’ve established a new graduate trainee scheme, which is now open to applications until 24 March 2017.

If you have a degree, have graduated within the past two years, and are keen to use it to do fascinating and interesting work to help protect Scotland’s wonderful environment, particularly in ways that underpin a long-term sustainable economy and society, we’d love to hear from you.

Day one

From day one our trainees will be working with a committed team; people that are determined to find ways of protecting and improving our environment.

What we do matters and our new trainees will be involved in making a real difference.

During the two-year programme there will be four role rotations to different functions of our organisation. They’ll learn about all aspects of our business with rotations tailored to their degree subject, career interests and our needs, and by the end of the programme they’ll equipped with the skills and knowledge to take up an officer level (Band E) role within SEPA.

Learning will be through a blend of work experience, shadowing, training events, mentoring and coaching with support from managers and colleagues.

And the range of work we do might surprise you. Rotations could take place in any of the following areas of the business:

  • In our new Commercial Services portfolio they’ll be helping us generate revenue through the development and marketing of global commercial opportunities and by maximising external grant funding.
  • In our Evidence & Flooding portfolio they’ll be working alongside scientific experts to help us, and the people of Scotland make the right decisions about how to improve and protect our environment.
  • In our Finance portfolio they’ll work alongside a team of professionals who are behind one our most important functions; looking after our public purse.
  • Our People & Property portfolio is home to our Human Resources, Learning and Development, Health and Safety and Facilities teams. Here, they’ll work to make sure that everyone who works for us feels valued, safe and supported.
  • Our new Performance & Innovation portfolio has been specially created to support our big ambition of meeting the global challenge of living within planetary constraints.
  • In our Regulatory Services portfolio, they’ll actively get involved, not just with helping people follow the rules, but inspiring them to go beyond compliance.

For further information about the scheme and how to apply, please visit our website. We will also be posting regular updates and additional information via our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, so don’t forget to follow us to receive the latest news.


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