Are you new to the water industry and feel you have potential and appetite to progress?

The Institute of Water is now looking for its Rising Stars of 2019.

The Rising Stars programme brings together a collection of unique opportunities, designed to develop the skills and professional excellence of new industry talent.

The Institute of Water is dedicated to supporting the careers of people working in the UK water sector and the Rising Stars programme is a key feature of our ongoing work to nurture rising talent.

To apply, you must be a member of the Institute of Water and at an early stage in your water sector career.

Through an application process each year, we choose eight young members, who have shown both the potential and appetite to progress their careers in the water industry.

Rising Stars particularly focuses on providing professional development in the skills areas that are not traditionally tackled or made available to individuals.

Speaking about the programme Lynn Cooper, Chief Executive of the Institute of Water said:
“Year-on-year, the Rising Stars programme has offered ambitious young members the opportunity to get involved in initiatives to help them with their personal and professional development and to progress their water industry career.”

Tim Wagstaff, Demand Planning Project Manager at Essex & Suffolk Water who was a Rising Star during 2012, said:
“Being a Rising Star provided me access to exciting and unique opportunities to stretch, learn and develop. Don’t hesitate, just apply.”

Kirstin Watt, Asset Planner at Scottish Water, who was a Rising Star during 2017, said:
“Rising Stars has undoubtedly been one of my career highlights thus far and offered a plethora of opportunities for professional and personal development that I will now be able to reinvest throughout my career.”

In previous years, Rising Stars have attended Masterclasses with water industry CEOs, presented at the Institute of Water’s Annual Conference and Events, met with industry regulators and a spent a day with WaterAid. These are just some of the opportunities they have experienced.

This programme was originally developed in partnership with the industry magazine, Utility Week, to celebrate and reward eight Institute of Water members who have demonstrated both the potential and an appetite to progress in the water industry. The programme is now managed solely by the Institute of Water but the year still begins with a table at the Utility Week Awards Dinner in December, which is a great opportunity to kick start a year of development opportunities.

How to apply

Applicants must be:

  • An individual member of the Institute of Water.
  • At an early stage in their water sector career.

Applicants will need to complete a short application form, along with their CV and 1000 max words describing why they consider themselves a Rising Star.

For more information about the programme and to download a copy of the application form, go to here or get in touch with your Institute of Water area representatives.