Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Civil Engineer


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We have an exciting opportunity to join our leading edge Graduate programme for Civil Engineers - The role will start from September 2022.

You will be responsible for a key element of work on a project taking a significant role in civil engineering and technical delivery as well as managing aspects of time, cost and quality and will acquire technical, leadership and project management skills and experience.

*Please be advised that security clearance will be required when applying for this role.

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About the project

Costain has a portfolio of high profile projects across all sectors. This role will initially focus on a major infrastructure project supporting our defence sector clients.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Management of site operations, to ensure safety, quality, cost effectiveness, timely production and customer satisfaction including planning and sequencing of operations
    Writing method statements and risk assessments
  • Supporting procurement of sub-contractor, labour, plant, and material resources
  • Providing team briefings covering operational requirements and performance updates
  • Implementing quality control and QA processes to meet regulatory requirements
  • Commercial and contract management
  • Supporting design development and design management
  • Providing scope and growth development proposals and work winning

Costain's Graduate Development Programme

The programme will focus on helping you to grow your personal and leadership skills, alongside business skills and of course, the technical skills you will learn day to day on the job. 

The programme is delivered in a variety of formats throughout the 2 years and will allow you to establish a network of contacts that will help and support you through your first 2 years and beyond. We expect some of our graduates to rotate after a period of 8 - 12 months to another project/sector of the business to fully understand the depth and breadth of the services offered by the company.

Our line managers are fully supportive of the Graduate Development Programme and will be involved in helping you along the way.

In addition to the program, we offer mentoring and support in every area of work, as well as a structured training programme to enable graduates to work towards achieving Chartership.

Graduates may have the opportunity to work on a number of exciting and progressive projects around the UK during the 2-year programme, in sectors including nuclear, highways, rail, water, airports and tunnels.

About you

  • You will have or expected to achieve a good result in a relevant discipline
  • Have passion for Costain's Carbon Net Zero targets
  • IT proficient
  • Able to work accurately and appreciate its importance to the team
  • A willingness to learn with appropriate instruction
  • Excel at building and maintaining positive relationships
  • The ability to thrive in pressured situations
  • The ability to empathise and communicate with all people, regardless of their background or circumstances
  • Excellent organisation, communication, and time management skills
  • Mobility to work on various projects over the 2-year programme throughout the UK


  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership, to keep you as fit and as healthy as you can be
  • Volunteering days, so you can give back to your local community
  • 25 days' annual leave plus an extra day if moving to a new house
  • Option to purchase up to five additional days of annual leave
  • Additional annual leave given to recognise long service

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