Graduate Programme

Madeleine Harris

Why did you apply for the Welsh Water graduate/apprenticeship/trainee programme?

I applied for the Welsh Water Graduate programme because I longed to work in a company that simultaneously values its customers, its employees and the environment. After hearing about the Graduate opportunity, I read ‘Welsh Water 2050’ and was sold by the non-for-profit’s crystal clear commitment to serving its customers and combatting climate change for the foreseeable future, whatever the weather! Being able to move back home to Wales was the cherry on the cake.

What have you enjoyed most about the WW graduate/apprenticeship/trainee programme?

The most enjoyable aspect of the graduate programme so far has been its flexibility and the variety of experiences this enables. The rotational structure gives a great insight across the whole company so I can really understand the entire water and waste water industry, and how we’re all working together to achieve the same goals. I feel very fortunate that I have the freedom to explore these new fields if they take my fancy and pick up new skills and knowledge along the way.

What would you say to anyone thinking about applying for the programme?

If anyone is thinking of applying for the programme, my advice would be to keep an open mind about what you think you’re looking for! I finished university without a specific career path in mind because I didn’t really know what was out there and what I would enjoy doing. However, after a few months on the Graduate Programme, I’m aware of the abundance of opportunities available to me within Welsh Water and the all the different paths that I could take. You will have the chance to open doors and explore new areas that you don’t even know exist before you apply, so just go for it!

Also, if you have any interesting stories, hobbies, backgrounds etc. it would be great to know.

In my free time I love keeping fit, socialising and cooking. Whenever I get the time, I enjoy reading up about different cuisines and cooking techniques and experiment by cooking new dishes. Being plant-based means I constantly get to test out new products/try new dishes on the market and see how they compare to some of the foods and meals I miss! It’s safe to say I am more of a cook than a baker (I cannot bake a sponge to save my life).

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