Graduate Opportunity

BRE Fire Graduate Scheme - 2020

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We are an innovative group of researchers, scientists, engineers and technicians who share a common goal – to make the built environment better for everyone.

We generate new knowledge through independent research. This is used to create the products, standards and qualifications that help to ensure buildings, homes and communities are safe, efficient, productive, sustainable and enjoyable places to be. Our customers use our expertise and services to deliver their social, environmental and economic goals.

We are seeking highly motivated Graduates from sectors related to fire sciences who want to have a meaningful career, make a difference in the built environment and help us ‘build a better world together’.

BRE has a long and internationally recognised expertise in all areas of research, consultancy, testing and approvals, focused on the performance of materials and systems within buildings, to ensure good fire performance for life safety, the protection of property within buildings and the efficient operation of buildings. BRE is offering unique and exciting opportunities for a graduate to join our team.

The services that we provide in fire are broad, and range from large-scale experimental studies in our burn hall (one of the largest in Europe) to desk-based analysis, computational modelling, fire engineering and independent testing, assessments and approval of various products and systems to British Standards, European Standards and LPCB Loss Prevention Standards (LPS).

Our work is used by designers, engineers, regulators and specifiers within the UK and internationally to improve life safety and property protection in the built environment, transport and infrastructure. It allows architects and specifiers to be sure that the products they select will perform as required, and manufacturers and suppliers can demonstrate the quality of their products and services.

We are BRE

We are the world leading authority on all aspects of the built environment.

Our Graduate Programme

The two-year Graduate programme will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to deliver projects across a broad range of programmes designed to help protect property and people, and to assess the performance of new products and materials.

You will be given the opportunity to work on various projects within the Fire division over the two-year programme in some of the following areas; Passive fire protection, Suppression systems, Fire Investigation and Fire Safety Engineering. There will also be some exposure to the wider BRE business including areas such as sustainability, giving you a broader overview and the insight to launch an exciting and rewarding career. You will each be assigned a Mentor who will help guide and advise you throughout the programme.

At the end of the two years, this programme will give you solid grounding in various aspects of our business enabling you to take on a full-time role and develop your career within the Fire Team, which will in turn contribute towards ‘building a better future together’.


We will look at candidates across various disciplines, and would actively encourage candidates with at least a 2.1 degree in one of the following subjects:

  • Fire Engineering
  • Any other Fire related subjects
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Applied Sciences
  • Civil, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical and/or Electronic Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Students studying MSc or PhD are also eligible to be considered for the programme.

Person Specification:

  • Enthusiastic approach to new challenges
  • Self-motivated
  • Commercially focused
  • Analytical mind-set and curious
  • Adaptable to a wide range of tasks
  • Practical approach to problem solving
  • Great communication skills
  • Desire/passion to work at BRE

Remuneration & Benefits:

22 days' holidays, plus bank holidays and 3 company privilege days between Christmas and New Year, free on-site parking, staff restaurant, football pitch, tennis courts, small gym and many out of hours social activities.

The starting salary will be £23,000 per year with incremental increases on rotation dependent upon performance, with a potential salary of £25,000 and a promotion on completion of the two-year programme.

Important Information:

The closing date is 12th January 2020. Following a process of shortlisting, the selected candidates will be invited to attend a Selection Day at BRE HQ in Watford, on 3rd or 4th March 2020.

The successful candidates will start on the scheme on 1st September 2020.

We have a responsibility to check that all our employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. To qualify for the Graduate programme, you must have the right to work in the UK for at least two years following your studies, without sponsorship.

BRE is an equal opportunities employer.

While this advert may state a specific location or hours, we encourage flexibility and are happy to have a conversation on how this role could be fulfilled in a different way


How to Apply

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Opportunity Overview

  • January 12th, 2020
  • £23,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Watford (Hertfordshire)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemistry
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Fire
  • Materials Science
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Structural

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