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Environment

Flooding is one of the most important issues facing humankind. Right now, 5 Million people, 2 Million homes and 185,000 businesses are at risk in England and Wales.

In the years to come, vast swathes of coastlines, riverbanks and even cities could be lost to rising water levels.

But you can help do something about it. The Environment Agency is the organisation responsible for protecting and improving our environment, spending more than Ł500 Million every year on a breathtaking range of flood risk management projects. That’s more than half the budget - the rest goes towards other crucial work, such as acting as regulators on waste disposal and nuclear safety, addressing the impact of pollution, influencing government policy, managing conservation work and leading awareness campaigns to raise the profile of important environmental issues.

This is your chance to join the Environment Agency’s team of engineers, many of them world leaders in their field, and face the threat head on.

Engineers at the Environment Agency are involved in a number of activities, including providing a unique emergency response service that minimises the risk of flooding in rapidly changing weather conditions; building and maintaining flood defences; creating protective wetlands; raising awareness among those at risk; and influencing the way government, local authorities and house builders develop land.

While following the structured flood risk engineering training programme, you’ll also undertake a variety of diverse projects around the business that will help you become a leading engineer in your own right. And on a broader scale, you’ll help make your environment a much safer place to be.

Please visit www.wishfor.co.uk/grads for more information on the flood risk engineering graduate programme and to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

Benefits

 £21,000 - £24,000 starting salary

 25 days holiday, rising to 30

 Structured training programme

 Flexible working arrangements

 Local government pension scheme

 Family-friendly policies

 Interest-free loans (for purchasing bicycles or public transport season tickets)

 Sports and social club membership


GRADUATE PROFILE

Boaz Sadeh

Shortly after completing a BA in Maths at the Institute of Technology in Israel, Boaz Sadeh spent a year travelling and working in Australia, where he became interested in engineering after witnessing serious problems of flooding, water supply and transport. After some research Boaz decided to apply to University College London to take a masters degree in civil engineering.

“I first heard of the Environment Agency during my studies, when I learned that they offered a training program for graduate civil engineers,” says Boaz. “I applied, and was lucky to be accepted and joined the Environment Agency as an ICE graduate engineer.”

Boaz joined the northwest region in the spring of 2007. “I’m about to complete my first assignment with the flood forecasting team,” he says. “I’m developing models to predict floods with as much lead time as possible and ensuring acceptable false alarm rates. These models are to be used as part of the National Flood Forecasting System (NFFS), which is one of the main tools of the forecasting duty officer for identifying areas likely to flood.”

“The office and the team are very supportive and welcoming,” Boaz says. “There’s a wide range of courses and training sessions on offer, and both my mentor and team leader always encourage and support my development. So far, I have taken part in several courses and have attended different conferences and evening presentations covering engineering news and developments.”

Boaz explains why he thinks that he has made a good career choice. “I joined the Environment Agency because of the work they are doing. Little did I know how wonderful it would be working side-by-side with a friendly, welcoming and helpful team. I’ve really benefited from a well-designed training programme that provides the flexibility and freedom to choose your own development route.”

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