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Summer placement FAQs

Where will I be based?

We have summer placement roles available nationwide. You will be placed in a role which is suitable for your strengths and will give you the opportunity to work on your development areas. Therefore flexibility is essential. Accommodation will be arranged and provided by Centrica for the duration of your placement with us.

What level of support will I receive?

As soon as you join, onboarding reps will be assigned to you from a previous Summer placement year or a graduate from our current intake. They will be on hand to give you advice based on their experiences, so you make a smooth transition into Centrica.

A graduate talent manager assigned to your area of business will be responsible for overseeing your performance and development while you are on your placement. He or she will call you to welcome you to Centrica soon after you join and you will meet in person soon after joining.

Your line manager will be your first point of contact in your placement. He or she will call you before you join to welcome you to the area of business and discuss the role with you.

The graduate talent team will be on hand to give you any further support you need during your ten weeks with us.

How many students will Centrica be taking on?

We will be offering around 70 students the opportunity to work within Centrica over the summer in a variety of roles.

Who can apply for the summer placement programme?

The summer placement programme is aimed at students who'll be starting their final year after the placement and are on target to get a 2:1. However, final year students and graduates who have achieved a 2:1 or a Masters (minimum 2:2) are also allowed to apply for the programme.

I haven't graduated yet and so how can I tell you my degree classification?

Please could you enter your expected degree result based on your current grades.

What does Centrica look for when recruiting?

Centrica looks for self-starters who are assertive, hard-working and ambitious. Being a team player is very important, but you also have to be independent at the same time. You need to have the ability to challenge colleagues respectfully, and not be afraid of the hierarchy.

What will I be doing?

You will be given a valuable piece of work by your line manager, which you will be responsible for completing. This is dependent on the department in which you are placed. It is designed to stretch and challenge you and it will have an impact on the business.

Previous students have had the opportunity to attend and provide input on meetings with senior managers about projects implemented in the business. They are always surprised at the amount of responsibility and ownership they are given.

What skills should I expect to use while on my placement?

Being able to use Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel would benefit you as these are used frequently in the workplace, regardless of the department you are in. engineering summer placement students will require a full driving licence.

Where do I have the opportunity to travel to?

Depending on your placement, you may be able to visit a number of different sites. The previous summer placement students placed in British Gas visited the main call centres in Leicester, Oxford, Leeds and Cardiff, or even spent a day with the engineers visiting customers' homes. Engineering placements have visited power stations. Summer placement students are encouraged to arrange a 'job shadow' for the day to understand another area of the business and to make career choices.

What will happen on my first day?

On your first day, you will be invited to attend an Induction event at our headquarters in Windsor where you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow students, before you disperse the following day to your various locations around the country.

The aim of the induction event is to prepare you for your 10 week placement by giving you a further insight into Centrica, our brands and what it's like to work here. You will get to meet the graduate talent manager for your stream, the graduate talent team and previous summer placement students who can tell you all about their own experiences. You will be given tips on how to make the most of your placements as well as hearing more of the opportunities available for you to get involved.

What hours am I expected to work?

You are contracted to work 37 hours a week, which is typically being Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, with a lunch break.  There is often flexibility around this as you are given the responsibility to manage your workload. This will of course be dependent upon your department and will be in line with how your team works. 

What am I expected to wear at work?

Students are expected to wear normal business dress, but certain offices are more casual than others, and some allow smart casual wear.

Do I get any holiday?

Yes, you are entitled to five days' holiday in your 10-week placement. You'll need to ensure that you arrange in advance with your line manager when you intend to take leave and make sure that you avoid the key dates of the summer placement. Any leave not taken will be paid to you at the end of your placement.

When will I get paid?

In total, for the ten weeks, you will earn £14,000 pro rata, with payment on the 15th of each month. You'll be paid two weeks in arrears and two weeks in advance.

What happens after my 10-week placement, will I be hired by Centrica for a graduate role?

At the end of the summer placement, the graduate team will conduct meetings with all relevant line managers and graduate talent managers to confirm which summer placement students will be recommended in favour of stream specific graduate programmes the following year.  There may be a further interview or assessment process, but our aim will be to let you know the outcome by the middle of september. Recommendations will be based on: combination of completed project work and or objectives achieved, demonstration of leadership behaviours and measures of potential and final week presentation event based on portfolio of work. Contracts for those offered should be expected around the end of september.

Can I get a place on the same year's graduate programme if I am successful?

Generally post summer placement graduate job offers are made for the following year after you complete the summer placement. However, there have been occasions where opportunities have arisen to join a graduate programme immediately after finishing the summer placement programme but this is very rare.

I've completed the summer placement programme and have been made an offer to join the following year's graduate programme, but have no job in between this time. Can Centrica offer me something in between?

Some placement line managers are able to offer extended contracts after the summer placement programme extends but this is down to line manager discretion and not managed by the graduate recruitment team.

Do you offer law placements?

At present, we do not offer summer placements within our legal team.

Do you offer 6 or 12 month placements?
I am interested in the summer placement programme but I don't know what I want to do when I graduate?

We would strongly advise that you look through our website to understand the range of opportunities that we have available to ensure that you make an informed application. However, the summer placement programme is designed for you to be able to understand a bit more about our graduate roles so that if you are successful, you can apply for any of the graduate programmes that you are eligible for.

Can I apply more than once to the summer placement programme/make more than one application?

We can only accept one application per person per academic year for both the graduate and summer placement programmes. If you have been unsuccessful in applying for a programme, we will be unable to accept another application form in the same academic year.

Can I change my stream choice after I have submitted my application?

We strongly recommend that you make an informed application for the programme that best suits your aspirations. If you have a strong desire to change the programme, please let us know.

As we run continuous assessment centres from the beginning of the recruitment campaign, places do fill quickly and offers are made throughout the process. If your first choice programme has filled, you will be informed that your application will not be processed any further for that programme. However, you will be given the opportunity to transfer your application to another programme and the stage at which your application is in the recruitment process will be honoured.

Do you pay for commuting costs?

We will pay for you to move to your placement location and you are paid a salary and provided with free accommodation for the duration of the placement. Commuting costs and transport arrangements are your own responsibility. We will be happy for you to source your own accommodation if you choose to but please note that no extra financial assistance will be provided. Please let the graduate talent team know as soon as possible if you do not require the accommodation provided by Centrica.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch is provided when you attend induction and may be provided for development events but otherwise it is your responsibility to provide your own lunch and all other meals. Typically your accommodation is self catered but where self catering facilities are not available, provisions will be made.

Is internet provided in the accommodation?

Please note that internet access is not provided at all accommodation sites and you may need to fund this yourself. Details will be available from your accommodation reception.

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