Selection Process
Job details
Assignments – Job Rotations – Travel
Trainee Programme content
Starting an International Trainee Programme in the middle of a pandemic


1. When can I apply for the trainee positions?

Vacancies are published between mid-January to mid-February each year. We will not be able to consider applications after the closing date.

2. What should my application include?

Your application should include an up-to-date CV and a motivation letter. We may also require transcripts for positions in some countries so please check the specific requirements of vacancies when you apply.

3. What should I include in my application to make it stand out?

Clear and concise CVs will make it easier for us to assess applications. Motivation letters should set out the reasons why you think you are suitable for a particular role. For example, if a specific educational background is required it is important to refer to your relevant academic achievements.

4. What degree is required to be eligible to apply?

You need to graduate from a Bachelor or Master’s programme before the start of the programme in September. You can find the specific educational requirements within each job advert. PhD candidates are also eligible to apply.

5. What is the maximum amount of work experience I can have after my most recent degree to still be eligible for the programme?

You can apply for the traineeship if you have 1 year of work experience or less from your latest degree.

6. Do internships count as work experience?

Although internships provide valuable experience, for the purposes of our trainee programme they are not regarded as work experience. Work experience is counted from when you graduate from your most recent degree.

7. Can I apply if I do not speak the local language (e.g. Swedish, Dutch, German)?

All trainee vacancies require a good command of the English language. For some positions a local language is also required which will be specified in the job description.

8. Can I apply for multiple positions at once?

Yes, if you feel that your skills and experience are a good match. However it is important to think carefully about which positions to apply for and to elaborate on your motivation for each.

9. Do you require a valid working permit to apply?

Depending on the Vattenfall country, and the country of your origin, different agreements and country policies apply. In case you are a shortlisted candidate for the position please indicate your residence status to the recruiter so that we can discuss your specific situation.

10. Does Vattenfall help me to get a Visa/working permit?

Vattenfall can apply for the working permit for a candidate selected for the programme. Please note that this remains country specific and may vary depending on specific country policies. A relocation package is not provided as a part of the programme. In case you are selected for the programme please mention your status to the recruiter responsible for the position so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

11. Can I apply whilst I am a student?

Yes – we recommend applying during your final year of study as our programme starts in September each year and applications close in February. You can apply up to one year after you have completed your studies.

12. I submitted my application but did not receive a confirmation. How do I know if my application was received?

After submitting your application you should receive an automatic response acknowledging it. Please also check your Spam folder. In most cases, the recruiter will review your application within 10 working days after the vacancy closes. If you have not heard from us, please contact us through the recruiter details within the job ad.

13. How does COVID-19 influence the application process?

Vattenfall is committed to acting responsibly in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and is taking all necessary measures to protect employees and applicants. We have adapted the application process to reflect the current situation. Most of our employees are working from home, and we are conducting interviews via telephone and video conference. Please be aware that there may be some delays to the application process.

Please visit Frequently asked questions where you can find answers to further questions regarding the application process during COVID-19.

Selection process

1. What does the selection process look like? What steps are there and what is the timeline?

a. Application

All vacancies will be published from the 25th of January to the 21st of February 2021. After submitting your application, you will receive an automatic response confirming receipt.

b. Screening

We aim to respond to you within 2 weeks of the closing deadline.

c. Online tests

In March an online personality test will be sent out to the top 20 candidates from which five will be selected to progress to the next stage.

d. Interviews

At the end of March we will conduct interviews with five prospective trainees. Interviews may take place via phone.

e. Assessment

In April the final two candidates per position will be selected for an assessment.

f. Offer

We aim to notify successful candidates within a week of the assessment. You must successfully complete pre-employment checks to progress to the contracting phase. In cases where security vetting may be required, candidates will be notified after this has taken place. In addition, in Germany employment offers may need to be approved by the works council.
We aim to finish the recruitment process by mid-April.

g. Security vetting

Our pre-employment screening differs depending on the country and the vacancy. Some roles require a higher level of security clearance – this will be clear in the advert. If so, you will be asked to submit information via the Security Vetting process which takes place from May to June with final hiring decisions taken afterwards.

2. What does security vetting entail?

We are required to confirm the identity of our staff, their right to work in the country they have applied for and to seek assurances as to their trustworthiness, integrity and reliability. Some roles require a higher level of security clearance – this will be clear in the advert. Security vetting can differ between countries.

Job details

1. What are the advantages of starting as a trainee at Vattenfall? How does a trainee position differ from Junior positions?

Trainees benefit from a non-limited contract and are fully immersed in the company. During the trainee year you spend approximately 50% of the time working within your ‘home’ business area and 50% in different elements of the programme such as seminar weeks, site visits and assignments. Through the assignments you learn and build contacts with other employees and departments – a great opportunity for networking and personal development.

2. Are there positions which don’t require an engineering/technical background?

Yes, there may be but it depends on what vacancies are available in a particular year. Please check each vacancy for details.

3. Can I choose a specific area/department to spend my year in as a trainee?

As all the trainee positions are unique, you choose the specific team, department and business area you apply to. The freedom to choose where to carry out the assignments which are part of the programme means you also have opportunities to experience other departments and business units.

4. Whom do I report to? What is my actual team?

The trainee position that you apply for will be in a business area and unit within a department. You will belong to a team and have your own manager. Although you might rotate away from the position and do assignments outside of your original department, you will always have a “home team”.

5. What happens after the trainee year is finished? Does the traineeship lead to a full-time position when the year is finished?

Yes, the trainee position leads to full-time employment.

6. What is the salary for the traineeship?

We closely follow the market to ensure we remain competitive. All our trainees within the same country will receive the same monthly salary.

7. How does COVID-19 influence the trainee programme?

We will adapt the programme depending on current restrictions and are continuously monitoring the situation together with Vattenfall Health & Safety. We will do what we can in person when possible and arrange digital solutions if necessary.

Assignments – Job Rotations – Travel

1. Do I have to go abroad for my assignment?

Yes, the programme is international, which means that at least one of the two rotations should be abroad.

Please read more below regarding the Covid-19 situation and the international aspect of the programme.

2. Can I choose where I do my assignments?

Yes, you choose your assignments yourself but of course your manager and mentor will help you. Each trainee is assigned a mentor who is a former trainee themselves and who will be able to provide the best advice based on their own experience.

3. How long do the assignments last?

The length of the assignments varies from 4 to 8 weeks.

4. Can I switch to another team at the end of my trainee year?

The purpose of the trainee programme is to provide full-time employment in the position that you started in. Of course, when the programme is completed you are also free to apply for another position within Vattenfall.

Trainee Programme content

1. What type of training will I receive during the programme?

During the programme you will receive training aimed at given you a broad understanding of Vattenfall’s business and operations, as well as how we work and our code of conduct. It will cover a wide range of different topics including management training, and will help you build your personal development portfolio and equip you for your future career at Vattenfall.

2. Is this a management trainee programme?

No, it is not specifically a management programme, although this topic will be included in the training. The former Vattenfall management trainee programme is now integrated within the wider VITP which is designed to helping you find your own strengths and superpowers, and to help you prepare for a future career at Vattenfall – whether that will be as a manager, a project leader or a specialist.

3. Can you explain a bit more about the different elements of the trainee programme?

a. Seminar weeks:

During Seminar weeks you will work on different topics and themes, to increase your knowledge and help you network with other trainees.

b. Hackathons: 

Hackathons are competitions and challenges based on real-life issues our business is facing that you will work on together with other trainees.

c. Team Assignments: 

Team assignments see trainees work together on challenges during the year, such as issues within our business that we are looking to find new solutions for.

d. Site visits: 

Site visits will be hosted across our different facilities such as wind farms or power plants. These will increase your knowledge about Vattenfall and enable you get to know our entire portfolio and facilities. Please read more below on the Covid-19 situation and how we are handling the physical and international aspects of the programme.

Starting an International Trainee Programme in the middle of a pandemic

1. How will the assignments look if we cannot travel?

We are continuously monitoring the Covid-19 situation together with our Health and Safety experts to make sure we find the best solutions for our trainees and help them to stay safe. As many of us are already working from home, you could work on an international assignment from home. You may also be able to do your rotation locally and travel within the country you are located if restrictions allow.

The situation can change quickly, and we will adapt. Where possible, the programme will be carried out in person with digital alternatives provided if necessary.

2. Will I work remotely, or do I have to travel to an office?

Where possible you will work in an office but remotely if not. Of course, we also offer the flexibility to help you find the perfect work-life balance.