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Information Systems (Summer Placement)

Centrica Plc
£14,000 pro rata
East Midlands · East of Englandand 9 others

Job description

Our 10-week summer placement programme is designed to increase employability in students whilst providing a valuable resource to the business. We’re looking for self-directed learners and self-motivated individuals who show potential to grow, learn and develop on our programme. You should aim to demonstrate a can-do, proactive attitude and a genuine interest and desire to learn more about our business and industry. In return, we offer projects with a high level of responsibility and the opportunity to enhance and develop the fundamental skills required for working life, with a support network that’s second to none. We want you to stand out in the workplace and helping you establish your strengths and fulfil your potential is what our Summer Placement is all about. We also encourage you to get involved with community and charity activities. One of these is the Summer Placement Charity Challenge, which raises money for our chosen charities. In the last three years students have raised around £50,000 through various team initiatives – all while enhancing vital skills and networking across the business. If you perform well, you could leave us with an offer to join the Graduate Programme the following year.

We have locations across the UK – plus we arrange and pay for accommodation close to your place of work with other students based in the area.

The IS Team deliver the full suite of systems and technologies for our business. From cutting-edge development and coding, to looking at the latest mobile smart devices for our workers and engineers. At the forefront of innovation for our business, they’re the ones using Big Data analysis to spot opportunities for improvement, and using cutting edge technology such as Hadoop to make our products and services even better for colleagues and customers alike. Our experts here developed Hive, the Smart Meters that allow our customers to see energy use in real time and control their central heating from a smartphone. As well as revolutionising the technology we use in our call centres to deliver a faster, more effective service to every single British Gas residential customer.

You could work in one of the following areas: Service Management, Solution Development and Implementation, as well as Software Development, Infrastructure, Networking and Telephony, and Big Data. Wherever you work, you’ll find a team of experts dedicated to using technology to its full potential. Enjoying real responsibility from day one, you’ll be right at the heart of it – using some of the latest tools available as well as collaborating with some of the best and brightest in the industry to work out a solution to a problem and using your own drive and initiative to get things done.

We’re looking for driven summer placement students who can demonstrate their passion for IT. Whether it’s your core subject or not, as long as you can show your enthusiasm and aptitude for all things IT, and can combine analytical thinking, organisation and communication skills with the ability to work as part of a team, then we want to hear from you.

Company information

Centrica are an energy and services company, we deliver every day to 28 million customers worldwide, and everything we do is focused on satisfying the changing needs of our customers. Serving our customers is what we are known for, what we are good at and where we have distinctive capabilities. We want to make people’s lives easier, simpler and more connected.

We’re one of the top 50 companies in the FTSE 100, with 28 million customer accounts, an adjusted operating profit of £1.6 billion and around 39,000 employees worldwide. Centrica is the parent company for a range of global brands, including British Gas, Bord Gáis, Centrica Storage, Direct Energy, Dyno and Hive.

Person requirements

Qualifications and experience requirements

Penultimate or final year student expecting a 2:1 or 2:2 (with Master’s) in IT related subject, engineering, maths or science.

Accepted degree subjects



£14,000 pro rata

5 days paid holiday, free accommodation provided locally


East Midlands · East of England · London · North East England · North West England · Scotland · South East England · South West England · Wales · West Midlands · Yorkshire and the Humber

UK-wide, with free accommodation provided locally

Contract and working hours


Start date


How to apply

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2017 (subject to change, please apply early to avoid disappointment).

Closing date: 01/02/2017

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 01/02/2017

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