Sadik Hossain

Graduate Technical Leadership Programme

"I am continuously developing my skills and my contributions are appreciated at every step."

Why Severn Trent?

Severn Trent is a household name and I was attracted by their diverse projects in their multidisciplinary fields. They invest in their employees, create opportunities through continuous training and promote learning through tailored training programmes. Additionally, Severn Trent actively helps their graduates grow and achieve Chartership by encouraging on-the-job training. I was more attracted to the role because of Severn Trent’s huge contribution in building a sustainable future. What makes me tick is to have the satisfied feeling that I am making a difference! Severn Trent offers that.

I joined Severn Trent Graduate Technical Leadership Programme (Engineering) in 2019, and ever since it has been a steep learning curve. I joined Severn Trent after completing my BEng and MSc in Mechanical Engineering.

What’s involved?

The graduate training programme consists of two twelve-year placements. I completed my project engineering placement in the first year and have now moved onto a design engineering placement. Through these, I got the opportunity to work on large scale projects. Thus, I have gained invaluable experience in managing, commercial knowledge and delivering business critical projects. A vital part of the projects is that they are done in a sustainable manner and by using environmentally friendly technology.

In the first year, I have worked with the capital delivery team on four large capital projects for wastewater engineering. My duties included planning and scheduling projects to meet deadlines, while keeping the costs to a minimal. The projects involved setting up new technology for wastewater treatment and refurbishing existing assets. I have worked at the Sewage Treatment Plant, and now understand and can identify the processes involved. I regularly collaborate with different departments for the efficient and smooth running of the projects. An important part of my job is finding creative new solutions to problems and challenges in water pollution, and I provided technical support to senior engineers in this regard. Site visits were important for the capital delivery team to gather data and identify issues to resolve them and produce reports after analysing data. I attended meetings with contractors through which I gained invaluable experience in delivering projects.

And how’s it going?

It feels great so far and I am lucky to be a part of this great company. I am continuously developing my skills and my contributions are appreciated at every step. My manager and colleagues support me whenever I need any help, and they encourage me to learn and face new challenges to help me grow my career. Severn Trent is very inclusive and multicultural! The atmosphere is amazing. The company has some of the friendliest and most helpful employees, who made settling in very easy. Everyone here is very passionate, respectful, and most importantly have fun!

What are the key learning points?

The experience at Severn Trent has helped me learn a lot of important skills, both personal and technical. The most important of them is my communication skills. We are encouraged to interact with our seniors and peers, ask questions and learn from their experiences. This has also helped me to grow my network both at the company and with clients. Through the different projects, I got the opportunity to work as a part of a team and independently. This has prepared me to work in an organised method with confidence in any situation, while efficiently managing time.

What’s next?

Now that I am starting my second placement as a graduate design engineer, I am eagerly awaiting to broaden my knowledge spectrum. This will give me the opportunity to see the bigger picture and how the capital projects start from designing and then move on through the system to the delivery team.

I am excited to grow through the company and learn about the different aspects in the waste-water team. The experience I am gaining from the sewage sludge project is exceptional as it is being used as a source of green energy to reduce carbon footprint and had to be included in my personal development plan.

Towards the end of 2021, I’ll be considering what options are available, to me, as I continue my development, and work towards Chartership.

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