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Early careers 

Our people are our greatest resource. And with the circular economy and low carbon goals of our industry, we not only value our experienced employees but also look towards the best and the brightest young talent to help drive our aspirations for our future development and achievements.

We have big ambitions and to make them happen we need great people who are not only highly skilled but who can bring new ideas to the table, challenge existing processes and identify future opportunities.

We’re looking for people who share our passion for caring about our environment and the world’s resources, and who want to contribute to finding and delivering solutions.

With the diversity of our operations, we’re able to offer a range of rewarding career opportunities and pathways for those at the start of their careers and embrace new technologies to help solve the challenges of today and the future. These include opportunities in engineering, project management, central function and shared service support, as well as in management trainee schemes.

Whether you join us on our Apprenticeship Programmes, or our Graduate Programmes, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and develop and most importantly make an active impact in your role and your teams and start to make a difference from day one.



We’re keen to offer new routes to careers in our business and understand that not everyone wants to dedicate themselves to a life at university to be able to start their career. As such, we’re continually increasing the number and range of Apprenticeship opportunities that we offer across our whole business.

Our Apprenticeships are open to all and offer a fantastic way to gain work-based experience alongside a paid learning opportunity that will help you start and develop your career in the waste management industry and beyond.

We currently have over 260 registered Apprenticeships across our business and work alongside EU Skills and other organisations in our industry and beyond to develop and deliver high quality Apprenticeships in waste management. We offer a wide range of Apprenticeship programmes at intermediate, advanced or high levels across the business. You can start your Apprenticeship at any level or develop your career from one to the next.

What apprenticeships do we offer?

We offer Apprenticeships across the whole business and in different skills and functions. We’re able to offer Apprenticeships from Engineering to Driving and Logistics and across many different business areas, from our Energy Recovery Facilities to our Central Functions and across the whole of the UK.

What do we look for?

We don’t always require our new Apprentices to have previous experience or numerous qualifications, however we do look for a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grade C/5 or above including Maths, English and a Science.

We look for individuals who demonstrate a positive can-do attitude, who have a willingness to learn and want to contribute with their ideas and commit to the Apprenticeship Scheme.

What can we offer?

For your hard work and commitment to our Apprenticeship Schemes, we provide full support and training to become highly successful in the Apprenticeship that you have chosen to develop your career on, and beyond.  

All of our Apprentices have a line manager as well as a dedicated mentor throughout their programme, along with the ongoing support of the wider team so that they are an active member from day one.

You’ll not only benefit from on the job training, but also additional training provided by our Talent and Capability Team and external training partners through the Apprenticeship ensuring that you meet your goals and aspirations.

How do I apply?

We advertise all of our Apprenticeships throughout the year on our latest vacancies page and can only accept applications made online.

To be notified when a new opportunity becomes available, please register your details to set up a job alert.

Graduate programmes


We’re committed to offering fantastic opportunities to those at the start of their careers and look for talented individuals to help us to achieve our aspirations as a business, while providing the support needed to build a sustainable and rewarding career.

Our comprehensive two-year Graduate Programmes are designed to enable you to grow and develop, both personally and professionally. You will have the benefit of working alongside our experienced teams, with additional support from our HR colleagues and mentors.

While we offer two year Graduate Programmes, our commitment to you and your professional development continues thereafter whereby you will work with us to identify your future career path at Viridor.

Graduate management trainee programme

Our Graduate Management Trainee Programme allows you to explore a broader experience within our business, with the view to developing a career in management and leadership.

You will benefit from four six-month placements across the two-year Programme. The placements will incorporate different business areas, including Commercial, Central Functions, placements within our Recycling and Energy From Waste business areas, Sustainability and more.

Each placement will see you be welcomed as a fully working member of the team allowing you to gain experience in different roles and give you a wider perspective of the business, equipping you for a future career in management and leadership.

As this is a management trainee programme we consider all degrees achieved, however, a passion for business or the industry sector would be advantageous. We also look at your aspirations, your drive, energy and motivations.

To view our opportunities on the Graduate Management Trainee Programme, visit our latest vacancies page.

What do we look for?

Aside from the relevant academic qualifications, we encourage individuals to take an active interest in our diverse industry and environment. Drive, enthusiasm, energy and high motivation are all key components to nurturing a successful career here.  

We are active in supporting our local communities, as such, we look for individuals who want to contribute in making a difference.

What development is available on the graduate programmes?

You’ll benefit hugely from the in-role training and mentoring that we’ll provide to ensure that you start your career development from day one. We will work with you to devise a bespoke personal development plan, that will be unique to your aspirations and goals.

We provide additional development and training in our Graduate Training Zones. You’ll collaborate with the other graduates in the business, share your experiences, learn and develop your skillset. The Training Zones will also give you valuable exposure to the wider business and the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the business as a whole.

Throughout the two year Graduate Programme, you’ll have the full support of your line manager and a dedicated mentor, as well as our graduate community and our graduate lead to guide and advise you throughout.



At Viridor, we signed the British Armed Forces Military Covenant and actively support the recruitment of individuals from military and forces backgrounds, supporting them to develop successful civilian careers within our business.
There are immeasurable attributes that individuals from military and forces backgrounds can bring to our business and we continue to recruit and benefit from their experience.
Qualities such as discipline, leadership, effective decision making, tenacity, team work, adaptability, as well as the ability to work in pressurised and fast paced environments are all key components to working in Viridor and in an environment where Health and Safety is at the forefront of everything we do.
We work in partnership with a number of organisations including the Career Transition Partnership who also support us with coordinating on site Open Events.
All our vacancies are open to those with an ex-forces background.
Our on-site events will be updated on this page.