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Job summary

At the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), we encourage applications from everyone, particularly groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. We pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has and promote inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all. Our recruitment process is anonymised, which means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.  

Do you have a degree in a Sustainability/Environmental Management/Environmental Science focused subject or are soon to graduate?

Are you interested in understanding the environmental impact of our estate and operations, delivering more sustainable solutions across the Agency?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

This is a phenomenal opportunity to be a part of the programme. This role will shape your career and provide you with the skills, experience and certifications to help you progress within this profession.

Job description

We are looking for a driven individual to get involved in this exciting graduate development scheme. Furthering your education and being a part of a fast paced and encouraging workforce. You will be based in our Estates department, working closely with experienced, talented and dedicated professionals who will guide and support you to develop your career.

The programme is driven by a structured 2-year training curriculum designed to develop your technical knowledge and personal skills. Training includes both formal external training programmes and informal learning and gathering experiences to help you fully develop within the sustainability team at DVLA. You will get exposure to all areas of DVLA and gain a rounded perspective of our business and how we work.

You will be a key member of the team, assisting with all aspects of sustainability and environmental monitoring, reporting and projects driving improvement.

At the end of the 2-year programme, an assessment will be held to confirm suitability for promotion to the HEO Grade, on a permanent basis. The assessment will partly be based on individual performance during an assigned project towards the end of the programme plus a panel interview, conducted by HR and a Senior Manager from the Sustainability Team.

Upon successful completion of the 2-year graduate programme, you will go on to develop and grow your career as a HEO grade Sustainability and Environment manager at DVLA.


Your responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  • Acquire an understanding of DVLA estate management and develop the skillset required to implement sustainable and environmental improvements.
  • Developing knowledge required to manage performance of service partners in achieving government targets. This includes data analysis and assurance services. This will include formal training which relates to waste management.
  • Developing the knowledge to manage the DVLA environmental management system and ability to deliver the management review to stakeholders.
  • Becoming confident to provide specialist advice on environmental processes and procedures to senior managers, key stakeholders, and staff. This includes assuring all procurement activities within the agency and high-risk estates activities consider sustainability and environmental issues.

For further information about the role please see the attached role profile. 

Additional information

This role will be based in Swansea, and we will be operating a hybrid working model that allows you to work between home and on-site giving you greater flexibility about where and when you work, subject to business needs and this also allows for ongoing support, development, and collaboration with colleagues.

Therefore, the expectation is that you will spend a minimum of 60% of your working time based at your principal workplace (DVLA). We would encourage you to discuss the working arrangements for this role with us during the recruitment process.

Applications will be accepted from full time/part time. Full time roles at DVLA consist of 37 hours per week. Part time and/or flexible working may also be available subject to the needs of the business. If you have a flexible or part time working requirement, you should contact the vacancy holder in advance of making an application to avoid possible disappointment later in the process should your desired working arrangements not be compatible with the requirements of the role. To contact the vacancy holder, please use the job contact details listed under ‘Contact point for applicants’.

Person specification

To be eligible for the Programme, you will need a 2:2 university degree or above in Sustainability/Environmental Management/Environmental Science focused subject.

Applications will be accepted from those currently working towards a degree, providing they meet the above requirements to start the Programme in August 2024. We will ask for evidence that you have met the qualification criteria by 31st July 2024.

Failure to evidence meeting the qualification requirements after receiving an offer will result in the offer being rescinded.

We are looking for committed, data driven graduates who are keen to continue learning. You will be self-motivated with a passion for a career in Sustainability.

You will take ownership of your learning while being comfortable to ask for guidance when appropriate from more experienced colleagues.

You will have strong communication skills, with the ability to tailor this to your audience. In addition, you can build good working relationships quickly and possess strong collaboration and interpersonal skills.

Excellent organisational skills are required, and you will be able to manage and filter workflow as well as organise and prioritise your work to maximise productivity and achieve all deadlines. You will be highly adaptable and flexible, adjusting to the requirements of the role. Being a team player with the ability to work on your own initiative, making robust decisions as and when required.

You will have excellent IT skills and a demonstrable knowledge in the use of Microsoft packages, in particular Microsoft Excel.

We strive to ensure that DVLA is a great place to work where everybody can be their true self, be treated with dignity and respect, and according to their individual needs. We have a number of staff network groups run by staff to support their colleagues.

Due to the evolving nature of the business, vacancies can become available at any time. Therefore, this campaign may create a reserve list to fulfil demand if it arises which will be held for a period of 12 months.


University Degree (2:2 or above) in Sustainability/Environmental Management/Environmental Science focussed subject.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits.

  • Best in class learning and development tailored to your role.
  • An environment with flexible working options where we encourage a great work-life balance.
  • Generous average employer contribution of 27%, depending on rate of salary and chosen pension scheme.
  • 25 days holiday, increasing by one day each year up to 30 days pro rata.
  • Access to the staff discount portal.
  • 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme providing free confidential help and advice for staff.

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