Insights into Construction & Engineering

Engineering: A

  • 3M. 3M generates innovative products - they are a diversified technology company. They have operations worldwide. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, occupational health and environmental safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents and passport scanners. Graduate opportunities exist in engineering, business, IT and R&D. The engineering progarmnme requires a degree in a STEM subject. You will have 2 assignments at different manufacturing locations within the UK over a 12 to 24 month time period, before settling into a permanent position at one of the UK sites. The R&D role requires science graduates. As a business graduate, you will join one of their team straight away. 

Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process in 3M HERE 

  • ABB Group. They are one of the world’s largest and most diverse engineering technology companies, with more than 20 sites in the UK and over 145,000 people in around 100 countries. ABB Consulting provides technical services to improve performance in the areas of compliance, operations and engineering to customers in the chemical, petrochemical, oil & gas, power, pharmaceuticals, metals and consumer industries worldwide. They offer expertise in the following areas: environmental services, industrial energy efficiency, inspection, specialist functional engineering, integrity management, operations improvement, project services, process safety, technical software and technical training. They are looking for Control Electrical Graduate Engineers, Chemical Graduate Engineers and Mechanical Graduate Engineers. You will be based at Teesside or Warrington but the range of the work will allow you to travel within the UK and possibly overseas.

  • AB Foods. They are one of the biggest food manufacturers in the UK and a major international business. They offer 7 graduate programmes in supply chain & operations, customer development, HR, Procurement, engineering, marketing and technical. They recruit c20 graduates each year to join six businesses. You need 280 UCAS points to apply. For egineering you require either an electrical, chemical or mechanical engineering degree. For the technical role, you must have a food science or food nutrition degree. for the marketing , sales and suppply chain roles, they do not stipulate a degree. The programmes vary in length, from 18 months to 2 years. Some stay in one place, others involve a series of placements.
  • Aggregate Industries. They quarry, manufacture and supply a wide range of heavy building materials to the construction industry. They don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to graduate training so when you join you will be offered a development path tailored specifically to you, to develop you both personally and professionally. You will be given a series of real business projects to work on, which could be based anywhere in the country. To support the ‘hands-on’ experience you gain during your projects, which normally last around 6 months each; you will also receive a structured training. They recruit from a range of academic disciplines including business, management systems, engineering and geology, as well as other technically orientated subjects such as manufacturing, quarrying and environmental sciences.
  • Air Products. Their European Graduate Programme is designed for graduates wishing to pursue careers in engineering (including mechanical, chemical and electronic), manufacturing, finance, IT, procurement, sales, R&D and marketing. With support from human recourses and an assigned company-mentor, you ultimately plan and determine your own career path through a rotation of three assignments over three years. This means that you gain experience of working in different functions, countries, disciplines and environments - from fully equipped laboratories, to onsite production plants or in one of the many offices around the world. Air Products serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services.
  • Airbus. A range of programmes exists from working in an international environment to a structured entry programme across different technical and business areas. These can be within Airbus or as part of the wider EADS Group. The two Uk programmes are Airbus Uk and Airbus Defence and Space UK. they are both 2 year structured programmes. The Airbus International Graduate Programme offers the opportunity to master managerial and technical skills. It combines structured placements in different divisions and different countries. The programme is a two-year programme (three years for Finance) that combines a number of placements with specialist training in the UK, as well as France, Germany and Spain. The Programme includes a number of disciplines from Engineering to Support Functions like Finance or Supply Chain. Candidates need a degree in engineering, manufacturing, computer science or business/finance and ideally have worked or studied for 5 years outside of Europe. The Airbus Volunteer for International Experience (VIE) Programme provides paid work experience internationally in a technical or business function. Assignments are worldwide and typically last between one and two years. They are within technical or business functions including engineering, manufacturing or support functions such as finance, marketing and HR. 

Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process in Airbus HERE

  • Alstom. Over the two-year programme, you undertake a selection of 3-6 month placements one of which will be overseas. Alstom operates out of more than 30 locations across the country and employs over 6,500 people within its Transport, Power and Grid Sectors, helping to develop the UK's power, transmission and transport infrastructure. Their preference is for a Masters degree.
  • Aquaterra Energy. They are a growing, dynamic offshore engineering company with its Head Office based in Norfolk that is delivering design and project engineering solutions to the International Offshore Oil and Gas industry. Aquaterra’s two year graduate programme starts with a 6 month rotation covering all departments and offices. Afterwards an allocation to the engineering department of choice is made for the next 18 months, be that Project Engineering, Design Engineering, Structural Engineering or Raiser Analysis. Graduates are expected to work overseas when project work requires and in an offshore environment from time to time. The Company  offices are based in Norwich, Aberdeen, Stavanger (Norway)  and Cairo (Egypt). A Master’s degree in a relevant Engineering discipline, Maths or Physics are essential.
  • Amec Foster Wheeler. They recruit within three main disciplines: Business, Science and Environment and Engineering. Its a 2 year scheme. Each of these disciplines provides opportunities within Environment & Infrastructure (E&I), Transmission & Distribution (T&D), Clean Energy and Oil & Gas (O&G) business areas and there are a wide range of technical and non-technical opportunities available.
  • ARCADIS. As a graduate consultant, you’ll join other graduates and senior employees on new and existing projects for a range of clients across the UK and abroad. A wide range of site and office based experience will underpin your career development. They are interested in you if you are reading; biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, engineering (chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical), environmental science, ergonomics, geology, geotechnical, hydrogeology, maths, physics, project management and quantity surveying.
  • Arla Foods. They are a 13,500-strong dairy farmer cooperative, making the kost out of milk. Their F15 graduate scheme consists of three job rotations of eight months each, within different business groups and funtional areas. You enter at least one international position in one of Arla's subsidiaries e.g. in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, UK, Germany, Poland, Argentina, USA, China or Dubai. Also, at least one of your positions will be at Arla's headquater in Aarhus, Denmark. You need a degree or a masters in Engineering, Business Studies, International Business Studies or Marketing.
  • Arqiva. They are a leading communications infrastructure and media services company providing much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK. They offer a range of graduate programmes, including commercial engineering and technology roles.  They specifically look for those studying Engineering, IT, Maths, Physics or Telecommunications related degrees. Roles based in Winchester and the Midlands. 
  • ARM Holdings. They run a Graduate Development programme and have a number of opportunities for engineers (electrical or software) and computer science graduates.
  • Arriva. They offer fast track schemes in General Management and Engineering Management within their UK bus, train and mainland Europe divisions. The programmes are 18- months in length. Within the Engineering management programme there are a series of placements where you'll learn about efficient workshop management, vehicle construction, regulations, legislation, and the unique challenges of transport and environmental issues. You require a 2.2 degree in mechanical or electrical engineering. The General management programmes consists of placements where you'll learn about everything from scheduling, employment law, maintenance and management, to accounting, procurement and marketing. You need a 2.2 degree.
  • ARUP. They regularly offer graduate opportunities across all of their areas of expertise. Their core functions include building design, economics & planning, infrastructure design, management consulting and specialist technical services. They look for graduates, not only in engineering but also in a wide range of planning, management and consulting roles. As part of your development many graduates will be given the opportunity to be seconded to manufacturers, contractors, specialist suppliers or other relevant academic or industrial institutions. Within the first two years you can also apply to work overseas. International placements can last anything from a month to a few years. Depending on the group you join, your professional training could be towards becoming a chartered engineer, completing corporate finance qualifications or other professional chartership. You will also have the opportunity to register for hundreds of professional training modules and masters-level modular studies.
  • Astra Zeneca. They have a number of graduate programmes which include: Innovative Medicines and early development (IMED) for science graduates; Operations and IT Global,  Finance and Chemical Engineering and a number of MBA progarmmes. The IMED programme is 2 years in length and involves 3 different rotations each lasting 8 months. It is based in Cambridge. You will help translate the scientific advances into next generation of life-saving medicines. The Operations and IT programme is 3 years in length with a number of placements. Any degree dicsipline is considered. They offer the Finance Graduate Program and Chemical Engineering Program based in Macclesfield. In the later, you will work as a process engineer with a variety of disciplines, for example, process chemists, analysts, hazard specialists, materials scientists and manufacturing colleagues. Process Engineers are involved throughout the development of a pharmaceutical product, from chemical process development of the drug substance through to formulation development of the final drug product. You will follow individually designed training and development programmes to improve your technical, project management and interpersonal skills, and to increase your awareness of the business environment. Chartered engineer status is normally attainable (and encouraged) after four years. 

The Finance Graduate Program is a three-year investment that offers broad professional training and work experience across diverse areas of the company. You will gain experience through a tailored scheme consisting of one-year placements that can be across any AstraZeneca Finance function. For example; R&D, Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing, Strategic Planning, Group Financial Reporting and Business Development.

  • Atkins. There are graduate opportunities available in Aerospace, Building Design, Communications & Systems, Defence, Development Infrastructure, Environment Services, Finance, Geotechnics & Tunnelling, Management Consultants, Nuclear Power, Oil & Gas, Rail & Metro and Water. They are looking for related degrees in engineering, computer science, geology, IT, business & management, accounting, physics & maths.

Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process in Atkins HERE

  • AWE. They have been central to the defence of the United Kingdom for more than 50 years. They provide and maintain the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent, Trident. They run a graduate programme for engineers and scientists. 

Engineering: B - D

  • Babcock. They offer over 100 engineering, technical, science, business and management graduates each year. They primarily recruit into Engineering & Technical and Business Support. The former are drawn from related degrees, the later from a range of degree disciplines. You will be assigned a buddy, mentor and programme manager on joining.
  • BAE Systems. Their Graduate Development Programme is a two-year graduate entry scheme into business and engineering roles. They have a broad range of engineering roles ranging from Software and Systems Engineers through to Naval Architects. You need an engineering, numerate or scientific discipline to qualify. In terms of business roles they are always on the lookout for talent across Project Management, Procurement, Commercial, as well as Sales and Marketing disciplines. BAE also offer the Sigma Leadership Programme. This is 3+ years of multiple placements, each lasting between 6-12 months, designed to develop you as an engineering or business leader. Finally BAE offer Finance Leader Development Programme, a 5 year entry scheme designed for graduates interested in senior finance roles. In the first three years, you will undertake three 12-month placements in a range of locations in the UK, gaining experience of; financial accounting, financial reporting, management accounting and project accounting.
  • BDP. They have vacancies each year for graduates within engineering or architecture. Graduate recruits join the Introduction to BDP programme and become quickly involved in projects of varying scales and across a diverse range of sectors
  • BMT Defence Services. BMT Defence Services offers whole ship design and technical support for submarines, warships and auxiliary vessels within UK and international defence. They have supported many major UK and international naval and land platform programmes and are at the cutting edge of technology and science. they are based in Bath, Fareham and Weymouth. They offer a number of grdaute proles namely: naval engineer, naval architect, combat developer, combat systems engineer and systems engineer. They provide support to acheive chartered engineer status. They require student studying mechanical, systems, maritime or electrical engineering, ship science, naval architecture, software development, computer science, marine systems or marine sports technology. 
  • British Sugar. There are five business areas that recruit for the Graduate Scheme: Engineering (factory based), Science (mainly factory based) Agriculture, Business & Procurement and Finance. Degrees required include: engineering (all disciplines), chemistry, biochemistry, agriculture, Biological sciences and business related degrees. The schemes involve a number of placements. 

  • Buro Happold. As a graduate, you will join one of three operating areas: Buildings, Infrastructure & Environment or Consulting. Whichever operating group you work in, you require a good engineering-related degree . Their training programmes are accredited with the ICE, IStructE, CIBSE, IET and involve everything from design workshops to external courses in leadership and management. There are also opportunities to work overseas – they have offices in Europe, Middle east and USA.
  • Cambridge Consultants. They specialise in innovative product development and work with some of the world’s leading blue chips, as well as the virtual development team for ambitious start-up companies. They supply innovative product development engineering and technology consulting from innovative concept right the way through to taking a product into manufacturing.They are based in Cambridge, UK, and Boston, USA.  Most of their projects deliver prototype hardware or software and trial production batches. They do not offer an actual gradute scheme, but put graduates stright into the most applicable role. They are interested in students reading a technical or scientific discipline.
  • Capula. They are interested in software and hardware graduates and are particularly keen on graduates who have some experience, often gained through an 'Industrial Placement'. Typically, you require a degree in Computer Science/Studies, Control/ Automation/Instrumentation Systems, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, or other technical or numerate degrees that includes a significant amount of coding/programming or hardware design. They are pleased to receive speculative CVs from graduates at any time of the year. They have locations in Thames Valley, Stone, Gloucester, Cumbria and Aberdeen.  

  • CISCO. They do not run graduate programmes as such but there are a number of graduate positions for engineers, Sales and IT graduates. 

  • CERN. A number of possible schemes. The Fellowship Programme is for graduates from universities or higher technical institutes in a wide range of applied sciences, computing and engineering with limited or no work experience. 

  • CGI. (formerly Logica). CGI recruit graduates into everything from Space and Defence to Bid Management, Cyber-Security to Project Management. Some of these roles are highly technical; others are more business focused. They recruit c100 graduates a year, mostly from technical backgrounds. Sales and marketing roles tend to be carried out by IT professionals who have the technical, business and marketing skills. They require IT or Computer Science degrees, although they will consider other STEM or Business degrees if you have technical experience relevant to the job specification. They also require 240 UCAS points at A level. You need to complete their application form. This is followed by online tests and an assessment centre.
  • Croda. There are three programmes: Chemical Engineering, Technical Development and Graduate Development. In the chemical engineering programme, you will be involved in all aspects of the profession, ranging from basic research to plant commissioning. You will manage projects and teams from the outset and be expected to accept responsibility quickly. Engineering, project management, production or more general site management roles are open to you. For this programme you will need a Chemical or Process Engineering Degree. The technical Programme will give scientists immediate project responsibilities in a laboratory environment. You may progress within technical, production or sales teams. This can be based in one laboratory or across different placements (ranging in duration from six to nine months). For this programme you will need a chemistry related degree. The graduate development programme provides a general overview of the business. Each graduate will complete three placements across business functions (sales, marketing, technical, operations and business functions, for example safety or regulatory affairs). For this programme you will need a chemical engineering or chemistry related degree.
  • Cundall. They are an international multi disciplinary engineering consultancy. They offer a range of graduate roles for civil engineers, structural engineers and electrical building services engineers and mechanical building services engineers. They operate from 20 locations around the globe. They have offices in the UK in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast and Newcastle. 
  • Cummins. They have a wide range of graduate roles - including all engineering disciplines, finace, It, HR, marketing, MBA and supply chain. The Graduate Development Scheme is offered from most UK sites (Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds) and consists of a wide range of placement positions. Priority is given to their successful placement students. They are interested in Engineering students BSc or MSc - Mechanical Engineering are particularly sought after. Other subjects suitable for their positions include, aeronautical, automotive or manufacturing engineering, also Computer Aided Engineering and Business Studies. In all cases they have a preference for graduates who have undertaken a 4 year programme including a years work experience in a manufacturing or commercial environment. They are also interested in graduates with a second language to work in their overseas offices. 

  • DESG. The DESG Graduate Scheme is tailored to individual development needs and lasts for a maximum of two years (reduced for graduates with previous experience) and includes a range of in-house work placements, industry secondments and formal training courses. On entry too the scheme you will be assigned to an Engineering System Anchor in either CIS, Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions & Explosives, Land Systems, Aerospace Systems, Maritime systems, Nuclear Systems or Estates/Construction. Whilst on the Scheme you will undertake a series of work placements both in-house and in industry. Placements last between 3-6 months and are designed to give you exposure to the MOD, the defence industry and the life cycle of defence equipment or defence technology. For engineers, placements are selected to cover a number of modules including: research, design, production, equipment support and project management. 
  • DNV-GL. They are the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society, the leading technical advisor to the global oil and gas industry, and a leading expert for the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. They also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries.


Engineering: E - I

  • Electricity North West. They offer an 18-month graduate engineer programme. You need to have a 2.2 BEng or MEng in electrical engineering. You will get to work on the overhead and underground network at low and high voltages. It covers design, construction, maintenance and repair of the network at all voltages. You will work across the North West region. 
  • ESA. The European Space Agency offers The Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) programme which lasts for one year and gives you an opportunity to gain experience in the development and operation of space missions. As a Graduate Trainee, you’ll take on a responsible role in supporting a project, and benefit from the expertise of an ESA mentor. Vacancy posts for Young Graduate Trainees go online once a year in mid-November, and stay open for one month. At this time, they publish about 80 YGT job offers, aimed at engineers, physicists, biologists or medical graduates, but also business graduates and lawyers. There is a preference for a masters degree. 

  • Fluor. Fluor is a global company that delivers engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM), and project management to governments and clients in diverse industries around the world. They offer a Graduate Training Scheme which will allow you to gain experience on challenging and complex projects in the United Kingdom and around the world. Its four years of monitored professional training under the direction of a qualified technical mentor to achieve Chartered status in your chosen profession. An engineering specific degree, either Masters or Bachelors level (or equivalent) from an accredited University is required to qualify for the engineering roles. Most positions are in Farrnborough in Hampshire. There are opportunities for all engineering disciplines - mechanical, electrical, design, structural, civil, control and projects. 
  • First Group. You can apply for operations or engineering with this leading transport group. In the engineering programme, you elect to focus on either bus or rail. And gain exposure to maintenance, repair and fleet reliability; together with operations management and project and contract management. There will be 12 months' training, followed by a further 12 months of focused, hands-on experience. After that, you'll receive 2 years' monitored support in a management role. You require a 2.2 in BEng or MEng. In the operations programme there will be on-the-job learning with skills development, plus rotational placements that will give you a broad perspective of the business. You’ll also have the opportunity to work towards gaining professional qualifications. You need a 2.2 degree. First are based in Swindon. 

  • GCHQJoining GCHQ at graduate entry level is not like being on a typical 'general' graduate scheme. Primarily offering 'direct entry' routes for graduates, some of the roles require a specific or specialist degree, whilst others are wide open. Specialist degree options include; Cyber security, Information Assurance, IT, Internet & Engineering, Information & Communications Technology Research, Telecommunications Engineering, Maths, Information Specialists (Librarians) and Language & Culture Specialists. Non-degree specific roles include Leadership Development Scheme, and Corporate Support. 

  • GE. In Europe, they offer The Edison Engineering Development Programme (EEEP), The Financial Management Programme (FMP), and Leadership Programmes in Information Technology, Operations and Manufacturing/Operations (OMLP). There are also a number of business specific programmes. EEDP is a two- to three-year entry-level program consisting of three or more rotational assignments. You need an engineering degree and relevant internships. The Information Technology Leadership Programme delivers continued education with over 12 weeks of technical (e.g. Java Programming, DBA, data warehousing, business intelligence, et al), project management (waterfall and Scrum), and leadership training over the two years. A degree in computer science or information systems is preferred.

    FMP is an intensive two-year entry-level program spanning four rotational assignments. These assignments may include: financial planning, accounting, operations analysis, auditing, forecasting, treasury/cash management, or commercial finance. OMLP is a two-year entry-level program consisting of a combination of rigorous technical training and at least three rotational assignments. The program provides technical training in contemporary manufacturing, global supply chain management, APICS, lean six sigma and environmental health and safety.

  • GKN Group. Their Graduate Leadership Programme is aimed at top quality engineering graduates who have studied mechanical, manufacturing, industrial, production, automotive, aerospace or aeronautical engineering. You embark on three six month placements across the businesses – including at least one international assignment. You then move on to the fast-tracked, career-managed phase of the programme – spending 18-24 months in each of your first two permanent roles. These could be anywhere across GKN depending on your individual skills and interests. GKN have 4 divisions: Aerospace, Land Systems, Powder Metallurgy and Driveline. They harness technology and manufacturing resources to supply systems, structures, components and services. They are based in Redditch and have offices throughout the world.

  • Glencore. Opportunities exist for engineering, geology and business graduates globally. In the Uk they offer a Uk trader trainee scheme. 
  • GSK. They offer a wide range of Future Leaders Graduate programmes. These are within, engineering and supply chain, product development & science and a whole raft of others.  The engineering scheme is a  three-year programme which  involves different rotations to give you wide experience within different roles and working environments, alongside a number of training courses. You can choose to pursue either automaton, biopharmaceutical, chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering or supply chain. 

  • Halma. Halma is an international group of companies that make products for: hazard detection, life protection, personal and public health improvement and environmental proetction. They offer a graduate development programme for engineering, science and technical graduates. This leadership development programme offers full time employment starting with 2 years training, based on 3-4 rotational work placements (each c6 months)  in various operating companies around the world. Through project work you will quickly assume responsibility and learn in detail how businesses operate. In addition to these placements, all graduates will spend a minimum of 2 months working in China or India.

  • HMGCC.  They do not offer a graduate scheme but recruit gradates into software engineering, systems engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, corporate ICT as well as other areas.

  • Hoare Lee. Hoare Lee is a firm of consulting engineers specilaising in mechanical, electrical and public health engineering and i si the largest of its kind in the UK. As a graduate trainee you will be a member of a project design team from the outset, and be an active, fee-earning member of the office. Hoare Lee work with leading architectural practices on many of the UK’s most prestigious construction projects and you will be a valued member of the teams involved in delivering on these projects. 

A combination of formal training , mentoring, supervision and commercial experience will help you gain the skills you need as your career develops and you take on more responsibility.

  • HWH Investments. They are a company who run a portfolio of over 100 engineering companies. They are positioned at the high end of the market, delivering technically demanding, performance-critical solutions. They have seven diverse engineering businesses and are looking for engineers from any discipline for their graduate scheme. Initially there are 3 main locations in Poole, Worcester and Bath where you have your first 4 month placements. They also have businesses overseas in USA, Germany and China.

  • IBM. Their Graduate Scheme offer roles in Engineering (software development, Consultancy or Business (Business Specialist). As a software developer you’ll initially be allocated to one particular product development team but during your first two years you’ll have the opportunity to work on a range of products and, consequently there will be opportunities to travel and work with other IBM Research and Development Labs around the globe.As a consultant you’ll become part of a global community and you’ll join a training program called ‘Consulting by Degrees’. Roles could include a business consultant, financial management consultant, strategic analytics consultant or technical consultant. As a Business Specialist, your role will focus on the commercial side of the business - delivering value to our clients and increasing revenue.

  • IMI. The Global Graduate Programme involves four different six month placements, in at least three different countries, and in at least three different disciplines. You will be working in real business environments, on real projects with real responsibility. You will be provided with a suite of development activities designed to enhance your tailor-made training programme. This will include language training, product appreciation, community projects, relevant professional qualifications (eg CEng, CIMA, CIM) and management skills workshops. There is also a China Leadership Programme. Over the three years of this programme, you'll undertake three ten-month placements in different disciplines and different IMI businesses within China, as well as one six-month placement abroad, in a different culture. You need a good engineering degree for both programmes. 

  • INEOS. INEOS is a global chemical company manufacturing products that are the basis for most modern technology. They are a global producer of petrochemicals and specialty chemicals, with sales of $42bn and 15,000 employees worldwide. They are interested in engineering and science graduates for both technical and commercial roles. They have opportunities for mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineers as well as commercial roles. Locations in both Scotland and England. 
  • Intel. Opportunities exist within IT, Manufacturing, Engineering, Materials, Planning & Purchasing, Software, Sales & marketing, Finance, HR and Legal. Positions are limited in the UK. Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by Intel HERE

Engineering: J - O

  • Jacobs. They have graduate positions for engineering graduates in a number of roles in the UK. 

  • Jackson Civil Engineering. This two year gradate development scheme gives you a chance to experience the business as a whole. Six months of the programme is spent at head office, providing a valuable insight into the front end of the business from tender stage right through to planning. The rest of the scheme is based on site, where you will gain exposure to site life. 
The core elements of the scheme can also provide you with the relevant experience to meet development objectives when working towards ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers) membership. 
  • Johnson Matthey. They offer graduate schemes in precious metals products ( 3 year global rotational programme) , technology centre, emission control technologies, davy process tecnologies and process technologies. They also offer a graduate science role (2 years) within process technologies. You require either an engineering, materials sccience  or chemistry degree to apply for any of the roles. 
  • Keller. They are the world’s largest independent ground engineering specialist. With offices in over 30 countries they employ over 6,000 staff. Their graduate programme lasts two years and takes participants through the various divisions and functional departments of Keller, giving both practical experience and training appropriate to the role. You will qualify as a civil or geotechnical engineer. During the programme you will work in a range of disciplines across Keller and its operating divisions. Your role will combine relevant training with lots of real hands-on site experience, with responsibility at an early stage in your career. You will also gain exposure to support services, i.e. work winning, risk management, Health & Safety, Finance and HR. Additionally, Keller offer a 3-4 year ICE approved Training Scheme for Graduate Engineers, with appropriate qualifications, to enable them to fulfill the requirements of the Institution of Civil Engineers to become Chartered Members of the Institute (CEng MICE).
  • Leonardo. They are a world leader in helicopter manufacture, based in Yeovil, Somerset. They offer two graduate programmes: electronics, defence & security systems of helicopters both of which are 2 years in length. The Electronics, Defence & Security Systems graduate programme is designed for individuals who are passionate about realising their full potential and who have achieved (or predicted to achieve) a 2:1 or higher in degrees relating to Engineering (electrical, electronic, mechanical, systems, aerospace, software, aeronautical), Maths, Physics, Computer Science or in any number of business-related degrees. The Helicopter programme allows you to complete several 3-6 month placements, designed to provide practical experience within the organisation.
  • Lloyds RegisterThey offer 2 graduate schemes: energy and marine. The later scheme is a four-year training programme to become a marine surveyor. The first 2 years of the scheme will include: shipyard experience, technical & soft skills training, outport office placements, a practical engineering course, a London office placement and time at sea. The following two years will see you working in one of the global locations. The energy graduate scheme is also a four-year training programme to develop you into a engineer or surveyor. In the first 2 years the scheme will include an industrial experience, technical & soft skills training and regional office placements. In the final two years you will be working in a UK location. 

  • Lockheed Martin. They are a leader in systems integration, working on major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. Their graduate roles comprise of systems engineers, software engineers, mechanical engineers, accountants, and other professional business opportunities. These positions provide you with a structured two year development programme where you will have the opportunity to receive the relevant support, training and mentoring to increase your skills and expertise. They are looking for people who have a degree (2:1) or above in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Aerospace engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Business Studies, Accountancy, Marketing/Business Development and Information Technology.
  • Lucite International. Lucite International is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of acrylic-based products. They have opportunities for chemical, mechanical, electrical/ instrument engineers. They are all 5 year programmes. The programme will be tailored to your individual needs and will give you experience in a wide range of roles working at one of their large-scale upstream monomer plants, downstream polymer plants, or at their research and development centre for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EAME), which is based at Wilton, UK.
  • Maersk. Maersk International Technology and Science Programme (MITAS) is a two-year entry level programme designed to provide newly graduated engineers and geoscientists with technical challenges and a business mind-set to serve as a foundation for a successful career with Maersk Oil.

Learn more about Maersk's assessment process and online tests HERE.

  • Merchant Navy.The Ship Safe Training Group has for over 30 years provided an entry route for officer trainees wanting to develop careers at sea with the Merchant Navy. SSTG provides a recruitment and training service for shipping companies operating a wide range of sophisticated vessels and provides support to the officer trainees whilst at college and at sea. The Merchant Navy careers are incredibly varied, and SSTG will also guarantee that your college education is funded and that you are paid whilst you are training at sea.

    The Merchant Navy provides opportunities for candidates to develop a career both at sea and perhaps later on shore. Qualifying for a career as a deck officer, engineer officer or an electro- technical officer will open up a great many opportunities to work in interesting and demanding positions each with their own potential for personal development. Your ultimate goal may be to qualify to command your own vessel as a master (captain) or chief engineer both of which could be attainable within 10 years for ambitious, hard-working and capable officer trainees. Thereafter you will have many opportunities to develop a further management career on shore in allied maritime sectors be this directly within a ship owners or management company, or in connected fields such as maritime trade, insurance, ship broking, finance or legal arbitration. 

    You require a maritime related degree course, approved by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency/Merchant Navy Training Board as meeting the academic requirements (e.g. a B.Sc. in Nautical Science or Maritime Studies for deck officer trainees or B.Sc. in Marine or Mechanical Engineering for engineer officer trainees).  Typically the minimum standard will include Mathematics and/or Physics at GCE 'A' or SCE 'H' level.

  • Metaswitch Networks. Most graduates and postgraduates will start as a software engineer. You will be working on projects that are revolutionising the communications industry. Your assigned mentor will set aside 20% of their time for your training in your first year. You won’t follow a fixed rigid programme. You’ll have your own individual training plan, tailored to your specific needs and objectives. On-the-job training will form the basis of your development. They are based in Enfield, Hertfordshire. 

  • MBDA. As a graduate within MBDA you will follow a two-year formal development programme, which will provide you with a series of placement opportunities to develop your key technical skills. A placement will typically last between 3 and 9 months. MBDA is a global missile systems company and thereforeall employees at MBDA are required to hold UK Security Clearance. To gain this clearance you are required to hold a UK passport and to have resided in the UK for the previous 5 years. They have c45 vacancies for graduates each year and offices in Bristol, Stevanage and Lostock. 

  • Microsoft. They offer the MACH Graduate Scheme. There are a number of schemes within this including the MACH Sales Scheme where you are placed in one of three key areas, namely: Enterprise & Partner group (working with the largest customers), Advertising & Online (working on one or two major advertising agencies), and Small Midmarket Solutions & Partner Group (building relationships and developing new business). The MACH Technical Scheme hires technical graduates into the following roles; Premier Field Engineering (working as a technical legend improving the health of IT systems), Microsoft Consulting Services (helping partners maximise their use of Microsoft technologies) or Premier Microsoft Services (Technical Account manager to customers). Microsoft also offer a number of graduate software development roles. 

Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process for Microsoft HERE

  • Morgan Advanced Materials. They offer a 2-year UK Graduate Leadership programme. They want graduates with, or expecting, a good degree in any Materials Science or other related Engineering degree (including Masters, MBAs and PhDs). Morgan Crucible is a global organisation with operations in over 50 countries. Each of their sites specialises in a specific area of material technology.
  • Mott MacDonald. Their graduate development schemes have been accredited and approved by key engineering institutions. They have structured training schemes for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management. Mott MacDonald’s business spans most sectors from transport, energy, buildings, water and the environment to health and education, industry and communications. And they have a broad range of opportunities across all disciplines in the UK.
  • MTC. The Manufacturing Technology Centre offers the MTC Graduate Development Programme. They are interested in graduates with the following degree disciplines: mechanical, electrical, electronic, manufacturing engineering, materials science, physics, maths or computer science. The MTC represents a £40.5million publicly funded investment and has been developed in response to the Government's manufacturing strategy. The focus of the MTC is to prove innovative manufacturing processes and technologies. You will be involved in ground breaking research projects and the chance to take them from concept stage to implementation. 

  • National Instruments. The National Instruments Engineering Leadership Programme (ELP) is designed for new Engineering University Graduates with strong leadership qualities who are interested in developing a customer focused career. It is made up of two departments in the UK; Applications Engineering and Internal Sales. As part of ELP, you will spend time working in one or both of these departments, and learn about the company, products and customers. At the end of the programme you can continue in a career within Systems Engineering, Field Sales, Technical Marketing or Applications Engineering. You need a degree in Electronic or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or related fields to apply.

  • National Nuclear Labs. They play a key role in the UK and global nuclear industry; reducing the cost of clean-up and decommissioning, maintaining critical skills and attracting talented new people to the industry. There are three core areas in which they work: waster management and decommissioning, fuel cycle solutions and reactor operations support. They run a gradute training programme, where you will work at the cutting edge of nuclear technology. You'll be part of a structured 2 year development programme designed to enhance your softer skills, while building on your technical expertise. Their roles are for graduates studying physics, materials, science, chemistry or chemical engineering. 
  • NATS. The NATS Graduate scheme is available in both Engineering and Science. In the Engineering Scheme, you can choose between a wide variety of roles ranging from Systems Architecture, Design and Software Development to Project and Systems Engineering, Asset Support and Maintenance and Operational Engineering. Whichever you pick, you’ll rotate through various engineering departments. You could find yourself in Systems Safety, Communications, Navigation, Surveillance or Simulators, at an airport or part of our NATS Services Project Delivery team. You need a degree in an engineering or physics discipline.

  • Network Rail. They run, maintain and develop Britain’s rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations. They offer nemerous graduate programmes including: civil engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, plant, traction and rolling stock engineering, project management, supply chain, strategic planning, finance, general management, group business services and property. All scemes offer you structured training  and you’ll have managed work-based placements across key business areas, each lasting six months.

Learn more about Network Rail's assessment process and online tests HERE

Engineering: P - R

  • Petrofac. They provide a structured graduate training programme in Aberdeen and Woking. In Aberdeen they normally offer a two-year programme which is then following by a supervised development role. They are committed to supporting individual graduates to achieve Chartered Engineer status, or their equivalent professional standard. Engineering roles include mechanical, electrical, chemical, metering, structural, instrument & control. There are also roles in supply chain, HR, Finance and commercial. The graduate training scheme in Woking is part of the Continuous Professional Development plan and aims to support graduates to achieve Chartered Engineer status or equivalent. The two-year programme consists of on the job training; internal and external training courses, mentoring and a graduate rotation scheme. Generally a masters degree is required for most roles. Roles include process, safety, pipelines, instrument & control, mechanical, civil/structural and piping materials. There are also opportunities to work in the UAE. 

  • Pilkington. They recruit graduates into a variety of functional areas. The roles will be in either the Building Products or Automotive businesses or within Group Functions. They include Commercial Management, Engineering (design, development and plant-based), Finance, HR, IT, Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing and Technology. Those joining the Group after graduating in the UK, will receive their early career experience and development in the UK.  However, there will be opportunities to work with colleagues from around the world and to visit operations outside the UK on short-term projects and assignments.
  • Precision Castparts Corp. They offer a Management development programme designed for those wishing to run manufacturing plants. Typically you need a masters in engineering and have 6 months working in the manufacturing industry. This is a 2 year programme during which you will undertake 4 assignments of 6 months each and you are expected to be mobile as the assignments could be at any of their European locations (UK, Ireland, France and Belgium). Precision Castparts Corp. is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, and critical fasteners for aerospace applications.  

  • Price & Myers. Offices in London, Oxford and Nottingham. Their graduate scheme is aimed at structural and civil engineers. 

  • QinetiQ. They look for graduates from a wide range of science, engineering, technology and business disciplines. You’ll start working with a team, according to your discipline, as soon as you join. In your first 2 years as a QinetiQ graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to work on some significant projects. You’ll tend to stay within 1 of the 3 business sectors but within those sectors there is support to widen or deepen your experience.

  • Ramboll. They are looking for graduates across many disciplines, including Structures, Infrastructure, Civils, Mechanical, Electrical and Environmental, covering offices in the UK and UAE. They are committed to selecting the best graduate engineers at each new intake, and to offering projects and tasks that you can be proud to work on. From day one, a wide range of activities is on offer: there is a strong internal community within Ramboll.
  • Raytheon. Their Leadership Development programme is a structured 2-year programme providing the opportunity to work in a range of business areas. Roles exist in Engineering, IT, Project Management, HR, Finance and Commercial. Within engineering, development schemes exist within systems, mechanical, electrical cyber, software or quality engineering. For the engineering roles, computer science, physics, maths or an engineering subject of any discipline will be given preference. Any degree is required for the other business areas. 

  • Renishaw. Their 2 year graduate scheme offers engineering opportunities within; applications, electronics, scientific, software, manufacturing, mechanical as well as commercial and project coordinator positions. For most of their positions, one of the following degrees is required, mechanical, electrical, electronic, aeronautical, manufacturing or software engineering, physics, maths, chemistry or business. 
  • RINA Consulting. Rina is a leading engineering consultancy that improves the safety and reliability of critical assets. They look for gradutaes from STEM courses for their graduate programme. This includes mechanical. electrical, aerospace, and elctro-mechanical engineering, physics, maths, metallurgy and materials science. You would  participate in a highly effective training programme and then work alongside senior engineers and consultants on a wide range of challenging projects, receiving guidance, direction and specialist training.
  • Rio Tinto. With mining, processing and exploration operations in more than 40 countries on five continents, Rio Tinto offers a wide range of working environments and lifestyles. From working at a remote mine site in the Namib Desert, the mountains of Peru, icebound northern Canada, Mongolia or the tropical Kimberley Region of Western Australia or being based in an office in a major city such as Montreal, London, Johannesburg or Brisbane, the possibilities are extremely varied. They have roles across accounting, chemical/process engineering, civil engineering, community relations, electrical engineering, environmental science, finance, geology, geophysics, heath & safety, HR, IT, mechanical engineering, metallurgy and mining engineering. Their Graduate Development programme is 2-years in length. Each year they offer about 50 graduate positions in Europe and West Africa with roles spanning many disciplines and many different sites.

Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by Rio Tinto HERE

  • Royal Mail Group. There is a wide range of graduate programmes on offer which include operations, logistics, central operations, engineering and international prgrammes. There are also programmes in corporate functions such as commercial, HR, finance or technology. The engineering programme is 18 months and you can choose from opportunities across a wide spectrum of engineering specialities including; Engineering Software/ control systems development, system architecture design and testing electronic and mechanical engineering. Both operations schemes are 18 months, involving three 6-month placements and the logistics scheme is 12 months and you will take on two placements. The commercial programme is 2 years and you will rotate between three 8-month placememts. Finance is 3 years and in length and technology is 2 years, with 3 placements.  

Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by Royal Mail HERE

  • Royal Navy. They offer an Engineering Graduate Scheme. You will be a marine or weapons engineer working on ships or submarines. After eight months of officer training at Britannia Royal Navy College in Dartmouth, you’ll follow the engineering graduate programme of formal on the job professional training at one of the top establishments. You will carry out a balanced programme including laboratory work and simulations. You will also carry out training at sea.

Engineering: S - Z

  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). They are keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and tackling key challenges facing global society such as; the environment, energy, climate, biomedical research and global security. STFC support research, innovation and skills within particle physics, astronomy, nuclear physics and space science through UK universities and participation in major international collaborations. They design, build, operate and exploit world leading large scale facilities in the UK and enable access to international facilities. They offer a graduate training scheme for graduates with degrees in Engineering, (mechanical, electrical, software and especially electronics and microelectronics), physics, and computing science. They have positions for software developers, mechanical engineers, mechanatronic engineers, electrical and electronics engineers, materials specilaists, optical systems engineer, systems engineers, thermal engineers and many other specilaist positions. 
  • Sellafield Ltd. Their graduate scheme is 2 years in length and you will gain accreditation. You will be located in Whitehaven, West Cumbria or Risley in Warrington. When you apply to join the Sellafield Graduate Scheme you’re not applying to a specific role or vacancy. After a period of training they will find the right role for you. Possible options include; Design Engineering, Plant Engineering, Technical Support, Safety, Environmental Management, Project Management or Project Controls. You need an engineering or science related degree. 

  • Sembcorp. They are based in Birmingham and Bournemouth. They offer a 4-year graduate programme which includes professional development to chartered status (IMechE or IChemE). The scheme includes rotational placements across a number of business areas. They are part of Sembcorp Industries, a leading energy, water and marine group based in Singapore with operations on six continents worldwide. In the UK, there is Sembcorp Utilities, Protection and Water. 

  • Siemens. They typically recruit in two broad areas: Engineering and Business. In the former there are opportunities within electrical, mechanical, electronics, metallurgy, systems, aeronautical, mechatronics, manufacturing, materials, software, chemical and computer science. Within business, opportunities exist in finance, sales, IT, project management and operations management. Most roles are direct entry so availability depends on the recruiting areas. They offer a Graduate Development Programme, which is two years and focuses on generic skills required by all graduates. It comprises nine modules such as communication, financial awareness, team working etc. 
  • SkanskaThey are part of one of the largest construction and development services group in Europe, and behind some of the most high-profile and technically challenging projects in construction.They have graduate positions for: civil engineer - infrastructure, quantity surveying –construction /civil engineering, land surveyor, Geotechnical civil engineer, design engineers-civil & structural, construction supervisor, civil engineer - construction and mechanical engineer. You'll benefit from a combination of early responsibility and structured development, including practical and financial support, to work towards a relevant professional qualification.

  • Tata Steel. They offer 2 year graduate programmes in Engineering which includes, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Process Control and Automation engineering. There are also opportunities in Technical and Manufacturing and R&D. Within their business functions, there are graduate progarmmes within sales & marketing, procurement, finance, HR, supply chain, ICT and distribution. A related technical degree is required for all technical programmes. Tata steel have numerous sites across the UK including Corby, Hartlepool, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Teeside and York. They want you to achieve chartership with a professional body (e.g. IMechE, IET, ICE, IoM3, CIPD, CIMA etc), so they provide study leave and a professional mentor. They ahve offices throughout the UK. 

  • Tarmac. The UK’s leading construction solutions company, providing a diverse range of products and services to the construction sector. They have contributed to some of the UK’s biggest construction projects including Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Terminal 5, The Shard and the London Olympics. They offer 4 grad programmes: General Management, Technical/Engineering, Operations Management and Finance. Within the techinical/engineering area they are looking for Mechanical, Process, Electrical Engineers, Chemists, Technicians, and Project Focused Graduates.
  • Thales Group. They are interested in graduates in two key areas: Engineering and Business Management & Finance. They take up to 130 graduates each year. In Engineering, which is a 2.5 year accredited programme, they recruit for a wide range of specific engineering roles in UK locations. Opportunities exist within; Systems, software, electronics, hardware, mechanical, manufacturing, design, radio frequency, mathematical modeling and research.

    Thales has introduced a new Business Management & Finance Graduate Programme, which provides an opportunity to experience a range of business-related work across Thales UK. The Programme comprises three nine-month placements across areas including Programme Management, Commercial, Purchasing/Procurement, Sales & Marketing and Head Office functions. Alternatively, you can apply for the specific Finance stream, which will see you undertake three nine-month rotations around various businesses. In either Business Management or Finance, your three rotations could take you to any Thales UK site. After completing your third rotation, you’ll join in a permanent role at one of the UK sites.

    The four-year Graduate Development Programme (GDP) runs parallel with your Engineering role or placements on the Business Programme. It offers everything from an introduction to our organisation, culture and processes to formal training in the form of seminars, specialist courses and visits. The Thales UK graduate Development Programme is accredited by the following Engineering Institutions: IET, IMechE, Royal Aeronautical Society and Institute of Physics.

Learn more about Thales assessment process and online tests HERE

  • Transport for London. Graduate Schemes are offered in Project and General Management, (Project Delivery, Procurement, Quantity Surveying, Management and Project Management), Technical (Transport Planning, Modelling and Information Management), Engineering (civil, electrical and mechanical) and Corporate (Finance, Procurement, Information Management). Initially you'll work on a range of placements, lasting up to six months each. They've been designed to equip you with the skills you'll need to understand your business area. After that, you'll move into your first role within TfL.

Learn more about TFL assessment process and online tests HERE

  • Unipart. Their graduate scheme offers opportunities within their manufacturing, logistics and consultancy divisions predominantly in Oxford and across the Midlands. They offer 3 programmes: engineering & manufacturing, information technology and blended leadership. The later is a blend of consulting, management and commercial. YOu need a 2.1 degree r a 2.2 in engineering. 
  • Virgin Media. They offer an engineering graduate scheme. This two-year scheme of four six-month placements will give you a rock solid grounding in Telecommunications. From day one, you’ll get to grips with real challenges, on projects across a range of business areas including TV, broadband, mobile and fixed voice. You’ll most likely be based in Hook, but potentially other locations – Birmingham or Amsterdam for instance. You’ll need at least a 2:1 degree – ideally in Engineering, Computing or Science. You will take on a wide range of roles that could be as diverse as project management or CPE Architecture. Whatever the role, you’ll gain detailed technical skills as well as project management experience. You’ll also build an in-depth understanding of the multiple technologies that go together to deliver one of the major telecommunication networks in Europe. This could include video engineering, network design, capacity planning, access technologies, customer equipment or network management systems
  • Volker StevinVolkerStevin is a national contractor providing a wide range of engineering and construction services across a number of market sectors. Principal activities are Complex structures, flood & coastal defence, marine, regeneration, roads & bridges and water.For Graduates, the Career Development Programmes include a fast-track route to Quantity Surveyor and Senior Engineer positions. 

  • WSP Group. As a global company WSP has a wealth of opportunities. They are interested in those students studying civil, structural, building services, electrical, mechanical engineering or more specialist areas such as environmental or transport planning. You will typically join one of the main business streams: Property, Transport or Infrastructure. Within Property, traditional engineering disciplines such as structural and building services are complemented by a range of specialist services such as fire strategy, buildings transportation and intelligent design. Within Infrastructure, WSP provides infrastructure engineering and design consultancy services to the transport, energy, rail and water sectors. Within Transportation, they cover flood risk, drainage, and infrastructure within the development cycle. WSP university has been created to assist employees with their personal and professional development. This provides over 95 courses which can be booked online.

  • Xerox. They operate several Graduate Development Schemes, each scheme tailored to specific professional, personal and business requirements. The schemes are in the following areas: operational management/service delivery, sales, IT, engineering. 


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