Graduate Opportunity

2023 Graduate Development Programme – Water, Energy & Industry (WE&I)


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We are WSP - Join us and make your career future ready!

In today’s world it’s important to work for a company that has clear purpose, giving back to communities and supporting what is truly important in the world.

"As a Grad, every day is training"

The graduates tell us about WSP's comprehensive training programme and fascinating development opportunities, including support towards Chartership.

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When considering a career move its vital to work for a business that is aligned to your values and goals, a place where you can belong. See what WSP stands for in 2023 and beyond…

We value our people and our reputation. Having a diverse and robust workforce enables us to look for answers, not problems, and we pride ourselves on offering clients clever, imaginative, future-facing solutions. If you are interested in finding ways to help society thrive, at home and further afield, an exciting career could be waiting for you here.

WATER, ENERGY & INDUSTRY –Graduate Opportunities & Degree backgrounds considered

WSP has a rich knowledge of industrial and energy processes, a unique combination of specialists’ skills and multidisciplinary expertise required to plan, design, build and operate a new plant, or to automate equipment in an existing industrial facility. We also help our clients across sectors to meet the rising demand for power and reliable energy and Water services.


The climate crisis brings more extreme weather, with frequent heavy rainfall increasing flood risk. Financial constraints and aging assets add to the pressure. To be resilient in the face of these threats, communities need effective flood management and a future-proofed water supply. That's where we come in.  

  • Civil Engineering Or Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Data Science
  • Flood risk & MSc Hydrology

We are a 350+ strong team of expert and experienced water specialists across the UK, planning and designing for today's needs and for the future.  We believe that for societies to thrive we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. Our vision is to create more resilient and sustainable communities.


Energy Transition

  • MEng Mechanical or Civil Engineering

The Energy Transition team delivers multi-disciplinary services to clients that together as a project portfolio deliver a net zero future.  We support the full range of power generating assets from conventional generation which is vital to provide base and peaking capability to renewable generating assets such as wind and solar.

Non-Regulated Networks

  • MEng Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

Our Non-Regulated team provide project management, engineering and technical advice and support to developers, contractors and non-regulated clients for both HVAC and HVDC power systems.

Regulated Networks  

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Electrical or Civil

The Regulated Networks Service Line supports the UK Electricity Infrastructure Network Providers and Operators. Please check our Graduate web page to learn more about the disciplines in energy.


  • MSc Renewable Energy systems & MSc Physics

We work with all key renewable energy technologies and specialise in: Onshore Wind, Offshore wind, Solar Photovoltaics (PV), Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) & Hybrid Systems.

Power Systems

  • MEng Mechatronic Engineering

Our project portfolio is extensive and includes the refurbishment of civil nuclear, hydro, and thermal power plants, road and rail schemes and over the last 15 years oversight in the construction of offshore wind, battery storage, solar farms


WSP’s experts possess a rich understanding of industrial processes and a unique combination of specialist skills. We combine these with the multidisciplinary expertise required to plan, design, build and operate a new plant, or to optimise production of an existing industrial facility.

Within this area we look to hire graduates with: -

  • Control & Instrumentation - MEng Control & Instrumentation
  • Oil & Gas - MEng Mechanical Engineering & Gas or Hydrogen specialism & those with Electrical degrees for our Electrical Service line.

What you’ll need

  • You’ll be graduating in 2023 or have graduated in 2022 you may have recently graduated with at least a 2:2 in a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject for WE&I roles
  • You'll be looking to start work in April 2023, September 2023 or April 2024 
  • You’ll ideally have less than 1.5 years relevant experience
  • You’ll be passionate with the curiosity and creativity to 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 have 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

Please note behavioural assessment results at WSP are valid for a period of 12 months, if you have completed an assessment within this timeframe and been unsuccessful we will not be able to consider your application.

Early applications are recommended and we reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date.

What you’ll get from us

We care about individuals and their progress and offer the most fulfilling career development for our professionals. Professional accreditation is an important milestone to reach. After years of study in your field and hard work on the job, you’ll want the recognition that you are at the top of your game.  Our two-year graduate development programme will support you to achieve your goals.

We have established relationships with professional institutions including ICE, IStructE, IET, CIBSE, CIHT, CILT, IMechE, IChemE, IED,TPS, CIWEM, GSL, RGD, RICS, RTPI, SocEnv, or APM and we’ll provide a technical mentor to help you on your journey, and reward you for your efforts as well (when you reach certain professional milestones you’ll even get a bonus as a thank you and well done for your hard work). We are also able to support professional development with many other approved professional institutions.

The programme is a blended learning experience and includes cohort events, core behavioural training modules, professional registration mentoring and on-the-job experience. The structured training programme includes but is not limited to training in: -

  • Project Management
  • Team specific technical skills
  • Client and Customer Care
  • Collaborative working with your clients and team
  • Commercial Concepts
  • Developing your Personal Brand
  • Career Development…and lots more!

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.

We want our people to achieve rewarding careers. At work we celebrate integrity and treat people with respect. We support each other and embrace diversity to create a place where people come together and do great things.

Our VIBE (LGBT + employee), Women in Leadership, CREED (Championing Racial Equality and Ethnic Diversity), WSP Connect (visible and non-visible disabilities) and our Gender Balance Group help us promote the right environment for you to reach your full potential. 

  • Work-life balance

WSP recognises that work is only one part of your life and making time for other things is important – be that your families, friends, or yourself.

  • Health & Wellbeing?

We are committed to supporting our people, giving you the tools to make improvements to your health and wellbeing through our Thrive programme.

Med24 gives you and your family unrestricted telephone access to an NHS doctor. You can call day or night or have a face-to-face video consultation.

  • Flex your time?

For improved work life balance, WSP offers the “WSP Hour” which enables you to take one hour per day to do as you wish and make up the time earlier or later that day. We can also offer part time working, where required. New for 2022, is the ability to flex your bank holiday entitlement to suit you

Apply now and be the future of WSP!


Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria, please let us know if you require any workplace adjustments in support of your application.

Please note WSP reserves the right to close the vacancy before the advertised closing date.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: April 30th, 2023
  • Starting: April 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Multiple UK Locations

Preferred Disciplines...

  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Energy/Renewables
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • Process
  • Structural
  • Water/Hydrology

Also Accepting...

  • Most Engineering disciplines

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