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.
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
What you’ll get from us
Our graduate development programme is a 3 year programme designed to provide you with both generic professional skills and specialist technical development opportunities. The programme is supported by our senior leadership team and is tailored 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:
Across our offices in the UK, we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximises the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. This commitment is shown through both our Women in Leadership (WiL) network and VIBE which is our LGBT+ employee network. Our VIBE and WiL networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace for everyone.
Our employees also come together through our social events some of these events have included office Olympics, go karting, BBQs and of course the annual Christmas parties!
We also offer our Professional Growth Network (PGN) which 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.
Finally, we have a comprehensive wider benefits package which includes: