SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) - Graduate Trainee

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£24,237 (Starting) + benefits
Scotland, Nationwide
Apply by:
3rd March 2019
Start date:
Job type:
Graduate job

The challenges facing a 21st century environment protection agency are complex. That's why we are transforming our approach. We're creating a world class agency, ready for the significant challenges ahead. It's what our plant needs and deserves.

At SEPA we work to protect and enhance Scotland's environment by helping communities and businesses prosper within the constrains of one planet. We call this One Planet Prosperity. This is an ambitious strategy and we'll continue to need talented people to help us achieve it.

Our first team of graduate trainees joined us in 2017. They have experienced challenging and varied work and development opportunities. They are a talented group of people who have delivered outstanding work.

If you think you have the skills we're looking for, and want an exciting job in which you can help create a better future, we are recruiting now for our September 2019 intake.

Candidates should note that if they are successful at the final shortlisting stage they will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre which will take place on either the 16 or 17 April 2019, at the Stirling Court Hotel in Stirling.

What you will be doing?

From day one you’ll be working with a committed team. Our people are determined to find ways of protecting and improving the environment that, as far as possible, help create health and well-being benefits, and sustainable economic growth for the people of Scotland. What we do matters and you can be involved in making a real difference.

You will be hands on, in roles that will challenge and give you experience of a wide range of opportunities. You will develop a solid foundation of knowledge and plenty of transferrable skills. You will be involved in practical work to simplify and improve processes and procedures; generating new ideas and getting involved in small projects which turn ideas into reality.

How will I learn?

During the two year programme you will have four role rotations to different functions of our organisation. You will learn about all aspects of our business with rotations tailored to your degree subject, career interests and our needs. By the end of the programme you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to take up an officer level (band E) role within SEPA.

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

Are you our ideal candidate?

We work in a fast changing environment. So what kind of person can help us deliver our ambitious purpose?

We recognise that qualifications are important, but we want people who have passion and can face the challenges of a working in a forward thinking, progressive organisation. If you have graduated within the last two years you can apply whatever your degree subject or classification is.

We look for a diverse range of skills in our people. But there are certain qualities you’ll need to succeed on this programme.

During your application process consider:

Collaboration : Are you a dynamic team player, someone who can build relationships quickly and enthuse and influence others?

Leadership: Will you bring confidence to your role and excel in adapting to new, exciting and challenging environments?

Innovation: We want people who can bring creative new ideas and challenge the status quo. But it’s more than that, can you transform those creative ideas into action and thrive on change?

Courage: Do you recognise great opportunities and have the courage to act?

Salary and benefits

• The starting salary will be £24,237 (based on the 17/18 rates)
• Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) administered by Falkirk Council. The scheme operates on a career average revalued earnings (CARE) basis

Key benefits

• Generous annual leave entitlements starting from 28 days per year increasing to 32 after five years of reckonable service
• Seven public holidays
• Professional and personal development
• Occupational sick pay (entitlements based on length of reckonable service)
• Flexible working hours
• Employer Supported Volunteering Scheme which allows every member of staff per day’s paid leave per year to participate in voluntary work

Health and lifestyle benefits

• Financial contribution towards the price of glasses or contact lenses for display screen use
• Occupational health benefits and access to a free Employee Assistance Programme which provides life management services
• Cycle to work scheme (a tax efficient way to purchase a bicycle through salary sacrifice)
• Interest free loan to purchase a travel season ticket

Application Information


To apply for this post please click on the Apply Now button below.

Application forms must be received by the closing date. Please note we are unable to consider late applications.

Successful external applicants will be asked to provide a Basic Disclosure Scotland Certificate and undergo a number of pre-employment checks.

SEPA’s selection process is conducted on an anonymous basis; therefore, CV’s and covering letters will not be included in the information submitted to the recruiting manager for shortlisting. Please ensure that any specific or relevant information you want considered is included in your application form.

Internal candidates wishing to be considered for this post on a secondment basis must discuss this with their line manager and gain their approval prior to applying.

Applicants with a visual impairment can request job descriptions and application forms in Braille, large print or on tape.

Please contact SEPA’s Recruitment Team at the address above or telephone 01786 455900 if you require assistance.