Graduate scheme

2022 Graduate Development Programme

We are now closed for applications for our September 2022 intake. However we are accepting Applications for our April 2023 intake or those who wish to register their interest for our September 2023 Graduate intake.

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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.

When considering a career 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 2022 and beyond…

Join us and you’ll be part of an organisation that takes pride in its people and purpose: creating long-lasting solutions to meet the needs of generations to come.

Our work is serious, and serious fun. We help you get from A to B faster and safer, create inspiring places to live and work, and shape the skylines of our cities.

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.

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 or coffee and responding to any urgent client emails.

Beyond that, anything could happen! You could be 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.

What you'll need:

  • You’ll be graduating in 2022 or have recently graduated with at least a 2:1 or 2:2 in a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (see below for further details)
  • You'll be looking to start work in April 2023
  • You’ll ideally have less than 2 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

Opportunities available April 2023

If you have an MEng in Civil or Structural Engineering you could join our Civil & Bridge Engineering Team – Working as a Bridge Engineer in Edinburgh, Guildford or Belfast. Or Asset Management, Birmingham.

Energy – If you have a Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering you could join our Energy Transition or Regulated Network teams, working in Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds or Manchester.

If you have a Degree in Electrical Engineering Degree you could join our Energy Advisory team in Glasgow.

Environmental – If you have a Degree or MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, Civil, Engineering Geology or MSC Soil Mechanics – You could join our Geotechnics team working in: Manchester, Guildford, Southampton or Basingstoke.

Transport & Infrastructure: If you have a Degree in Telecommunications or Electrical Engineering you could join our ITS team, working in Bristol or the South West.

If you have a Civil Engineering or Construction Management Degree you could join our Local Government team working in Exeter, Bournemouth, North Allerton or Birmingham.

If you have a Degree in Transport Engineering Degree you could join our Local Government Team, Shrewsbury.

If you have a Degree in Civil Engineering you could join our Highways team in Bristol or Cambridge.

If you have an MSc Transport Planning, Mechanical Engineering, Ergonomics, Computer Science, or Maths Degree you could join our Rail team, Birmingham.

If you have an MSc Electrical Engineering, Telecoms Engineering, BIM or Building Services , you could join our MEP Team in London

If you have a Degree or MSc in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering you could join our Advisory & Economics team in Birmingham.

If you have a Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or IT related you could join our Strategic Advisory Software team, working in Liverpool.

If you don’t see anything that could be of interest for our April intake, our Graduate roles for September 2023 will go live at the end of September 2022.

Please register your interest here or email the

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. 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.

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. Our hybrid working policy allows the flexibility to work from the comfort of your own home 2-3 days per week as well as collaborating in our contemporary offices across the UK.

Inclusivity & Diversity?

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. Belonging@WSP .

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.

Important information:

We are only able to accept one application per candidate during each recruitment cycle (Autumn to Autumn), therefore you should ensure you take your time to provide as much information as possible when completing your online application. You will have the option to select multiple business areas and locations during the online application and the details you submit will be considered against all available roles. Additional applications will be not be reviewed or responded to.

How long does the process take?

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 48 hours of submission. We work hard to match you to the most suitable roles in our business and the recruitment process can vary depending on the role and team you are matched to. Most applications complete initial assessments and are progressed to assessment centre/interview within 4-6 weeks, but it’s good to know that the whole process can last up to 12 weeks in total if you're an early applicant. We will aim to keep you informed throughout the time that your application is being considered however, due to the volume of applications received, we are not able to respond to individual requests for status updates.

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.

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