The Cable and Wireless Worldwide graduate scheme

IET accredited, the Cable and Wireless Worldwide graduate scheme is aimed at continuing telecoms engineers' professional development, ultimately towards CEng status.

Cable&Wireless Worldwide graduate scheme The Cable&Wireless (CW) Worldwide graduate scheme is perfect for telecommunications engineers and comprises of four six-month technical placements within the organisation, including the chance of a posting overseas. The first of the placements is organised for you and sees you placed at the CW Worldwide UK headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Alongside this are technical, business and competency training courses, which will also allow the graduate engineers the chance to establish a useful network of contacts. At the end of the scheme, graduates are offered a permanent place with the company in one of the established technical areas of the business, such as the presales, operations or core network design teams.

Training

After their first week, graduates get to attend the CW training college in Birmingham for two weeks. This gives them the basic tools required for the variety of placements they will undertake.

Throughout their time at CW Worldwide, they are entitled to a quota of additional days at the training college. These will often be used for training relevant to their placement at that time and will add to what they learnt while working.

They also have access to CW's internal online training tool, iLearn. This facility hosts a huge array of available courses, which can all be accessed at any time. Depending on the placements they undertake, there is also the potential support for graduates to undertake the CCNA examination and other Cisco Certified courses.

Professional development

"The challenges and opportunities for real experience of work within our business provide the main form of continuing professional development," highlights Kirsty Huntington, graduate recruitment manager, CW Worldwide. "However, the ownership of the individual's career and its continuing development is the individual's responsibility. We take care to create personal development programmes for all individuals, and provide many opportunities to learn and develop. Candidates on the programme tell us they love the variety of our scheme, and our support as they progress towards their Chartered Engineer status.

"The only way we can build great relationships with our customers and deliver our promises is through talented people - they're our most important asset and our key point of differentiation. Therefore, we take them very seriously and invest in their growth and development as they progress within our business."

As well as a very competitive salary, the company has a great flexible benefits scheme that lets employees tailor a package to suit their needs. But on top of the usual holiday, pension and health scheme entitlements, CW Worldwide prides itself on supporting its new recruits.

"For example with our network of mentors. We hold a series of engaging induction events that allow them to get to know the business quickly, while making new contacts. Our ambition is to redefine what it's like to work with a global telecommunications company, and our graduate employees have the chance to go out and work with our customers and colleagues on exciting, large-scale projects." Huntington says.

The Cable&Wireless Worldwide graduate scheme application process

For those interested in applying, the process kicks off with an online form in the careers section of its website, which may then be followed-up with a telephone interview and finally an assessment day. 

The application process is designed to help candidates be themselves; it's up to the company to make sure it's got the right position in the business for them.

In terms of selection criteria, Huntington and her colleagues look for:

  • An IT or Telecoms related IET accredited Degree (or equivalent) 2:2 or above;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • A desire to start a career in telecommunications;
  • Passion and drive to achieve great results for its customers (even if they are not 100 per cent sure where they want to be in 20 years).

How to stand out

Huntington offers her advice on how to stand out.

"Getting all the basics right in the application process, like spelling and grammar, are a good starting point. Candidates can really stand out by showing us they understand our business and our market, but it's not good to make this sound too polished or rehearsed. They should be themselves. We want to know what they are really like as people, so we can find out whether they are the right fit for our business."