Graduate Opportunity

Civil Engineering Graduate

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About the programme

Our graduate civil engineers will mix study with real life work. You will complete a series of inspirational placements over three years, and the projects, challenges and responsibilities you take on will complement your push towards becoming chartered by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

We are Highways England

This short film describes the purpose of Highways England. Our purpose sits at the heart of everything we do. It drives what we do and how we do it. We exist to connect the country. We are passionate about making a positive impact on people's lives, the economy and the country as a whole. We care about each and every journey. With our care, experience and expertise we keep people moving today and moving better tomorrow.

Senior figures within the team will help you plan your placements – potentially with external partners and suppliers – so you can take control of your development. There will be opportunities to test your design skills, manage colleagues and implement cutting-edge technology. Equally, day releases will give you the time to focus on your studies.

Once you have completed our 3-year flexible programme, you will have proven, certified skills that are in demand around the world, together with experience of equally impressive projects.

Moreover, you will have a wealth of new opportunities to explore right here, as you continue to make improvements to society by creating roads that are ever-more efficient, effective and above all safe.

Our civil engineering programme offer:

  • Profession-specific schemes and additional learning to help you become a chartered civil engineer
  • A combination of workshops, formal training and ‘hands-on’ experience to develop your technical, commercial and consulting skills
  • Opportunities to grow and develop ‘on-the-job’ through a variety of civil engineering placements
  • Real-life exposure to complex infrastructure programmes both internally and externally with members of our supply chain
  • Support and guidance of both a delegated engineer and a supervising civil engineer, who will help you plan and manage your training
  • A dedicated line manager to provide you with encouragement, direction and career planning support to steer you into a permanent role with us at the end of your programme
  • Support after the programme for those who are looking to move their careers to the next level.

About you

  • At least a 2:2 in an engineering or technology (accredited as a base for CEng learning) degree plus a Master’s (accredited or approved by a professional institution) or an equivalent level of further learning
  • Commercially-minded with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Good team player with an enthusiasm and passion to succeed
  • Proactive personality who meets deadlines and prioritises where necessary
  • Confident communicator and good listener
  • Clear and concise writer, able to effectively distil complex and detailed topics.

About us

Highways England operates, maintains and improves England’s largest single piece of infrastructure made up of motorways and major A roads. These vital arteries account for a third of all traffic, carry two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and are relied on by 98% of the UK’s businesses.

Increasing levels of investment are leading to all manner of innovations, like smart motorways that help traffic flow smoothly. But with 4,300 miles of motorway, 21,870 miles of pavement and 16,000 structures, our work continually increases in scale and complexity. Not least as we bring £11 billion-worth of projects to life, boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety.

Why you should join us

At Highways England we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion in what you do, work effectively in a team and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Tomorrow
  • £25,000 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • UK + International

Preferred Disciplines...

  • Civil
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

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