Highways - 2017 Civil Engineering Graduate Development Programme

What you’ll be doing

As a Highways Engineering graduate at WSP you will have the opportunity to work for clients such as Highways England in helping to plan and design the UK’s future transport network. The Highways team provide opportunities to be involved with delivering long-term sustainable solutions for all types of highways, from local access roads to major urban and rural strategic routes. There cost-effective designs improve safety, ease congestion and extend street and highway life. As a trusted partner to Highways England, they deliver cost effective improvements to England’s strategic road network, such as the M25 widening and the A35 roundabout improvement.

All in a day’s work

We asked our graduates what it’s like to do their job. On a day to day basis, the life of a graduate at WSP starts off in the morning with cups of tea and responding to any urgent client emails.

Beyond that, anything could happen! You could get involved in report writing, modelling or design calculations in 3D software packages. Your day could also involve visiting site and liaising with contractors, discussing options for concept designs with colleagues, responding to client requests for information or meetings with the team about the scope and progress of projects.

Naturally, there is a lot to learn and you are likely to be guided through complex software packages, team briefings and client updates from the start. There may even be time for cake.

It may also be helpful to know that we have arranged for some of our graduates to attend our assessment centres where they can tell you more about their typical day and what it’s like to be a graduate at WSP.

What you’ll need

  • You’ll be graduating in 2017 or you will have recently graduated with a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related subject
  • You’ll ideally have less than two years relevant experience
  • You’ll be passionate with the curiosity and creativity to identify and solve problems
  • You’ll want to stretch and inspire us, speaking up about any new ideas you have
  • You’ll want to throw yourself in from day one and put your studies into practice
  • You’ll know it is important to keep everyone in the loop and will demonstrate this through excellent communication skills
  • You’ll enjoy working in a team environment, sharing ideas and collaborating with colleagues 
  • You’ll have confidence to work under pressure with the ability to prioritise and plan effectively

What you’ll get from us

We understand that all graduates are different. Therefore, we tailor your training and development to help you to achieve your own personal goals and we provide the specific support you need to reach your potential. Our graduate development programme is a three-year programme designed to provide you with both generic professional skills and specialist technical development opportunities. The scheme is designed to enable you to explore and develop skills in line with the four cornerstones of our business: people, clients, operational excellence and expertise. The programme is supported by our senior leadership team and tailored to the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) to give you the support, guidance and the development opportunities you need to help you work towards chartered status or equivalent professional qualifications. The structured programme includes but is not limited to training in:

  • Technical report writing
  • Project management (introduction and advanced)
  • Influential communications
  • Commercial concepts
  • Teambuild challenge
  • Continuous Improvement

In addition, the area of the business that you join will support your progression through the graduate development programme by providing discipline action days, relevant technical training and placements where appropriate. 


Across our offices in the UK, we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture.  One of the key ways that we celebrate this is through our social committees and the events they organise. Some of these events have included office Olympics (including “welly wanging”), go karting outings, BBQs, opera trips and of course the annual Christmas parties!

You could also become part of our Professional Growth Network (PGN). The PGN is a networking group run by early career professionals for early career professionals. It helps to grow your network of contacts across the UK business as well as providing you with opportunities for extra experience to support you in achieving chartered status or other professional accreditations. PGN activities include lunchtime talks, site visits, inter-office quizzes and sporting events.

Finally, we have a comprehensive wider benefits package which includes:

  • Professional Development Bonus to recognise attainment of professional statuses
  • Reduced rates on gadget insurance
  • Cheaper gym memberships and Tastecards
  • A standard 25 day annual leave allowance plus Bank Holidays and the flexibility to buy and sell annual leave
  • The Cycle to Work Scheme (which entitles you to a tax free bike)
  • 2 paid days a year to be used for volunteering activities
  • The option to purchase additional benefits such as dental care, personal accident cover, holiday or life insurance at reduced rates
  • Employee Assistance Programme – EAP is a confidential life management and personal support service which offers you free access to specialist advice in areas such as legal, financial, personal and family matters including bereavement and counselling services.

Future ready?

Our Future Ready programme is helping our clients prepare for future realities of increasing energy prices, more severe weather events, growing urban populations, and prioritising connectivity and flexibility, among many other factors.

We are not just helping our clients to be future ready; we can also make your career future ready. Our 3 years graduate programme is just the start, at the end of the programme we will help you to reflect on what you have learned and discuss how you move forward with your career at WSP . You will continue to benefit from mentor support in working towards any professional qualifications you are looking to achieve. In addition, your formal learning doesn’t stop at the end of the graduate programme. Our dedicated Learning and Development team offer more than 50 training courses as part of our online WSP University.

What you’ll be part of

We’re one of the leading professional services consultancy firms in the world within the built and natural environment, employing over 36,500 people globally and over 7,100 in the UK. Our people include engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, programme and construction management professionals, and environmental experts. Our mission is to be a solution-driven advisor with outstanding expertise and our vision is to always be the first choice for clients, partners and employees.

We currently employ over 500 of the best and most talented graduates across a variety of different sectors within our UK business. We’re a leader within our industry because we put our people first, and our global growth means we can provide our employees with experience working on exciting projects all across the globe.  Our dynamic and vibrant environment provides our graduates with just the right level of support, together with continuous feedback, encouragement and stretch.

We are currently recruiting for our 2017 graduate programme which starts in September 2017. We also welcome applications from candidates who are also available to start immediately.

Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: Jun 30, 2017
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Location: Bristol, Exeter, Truro
  • Region: South West
  • Type: Graduate Programme

Other benefits...

  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • 2 paid days a year to be used for volunteering activities
  • Reduced rates on gadget insurance
  • Option to purchase additional benefits
  • A standard 25 day annual leave allowance plus Bank Holidays
  • Cheaper gym memberships & Tastecards

Disciplines accepted...

  • Civil

To Apply

Job ID Number: 02020
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