Graduate scheme

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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 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 are a leading global engineering and professional services firm committed to creating a sustainable future for our communities and the environment. 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. We believe in the power of effective communication, and we encourage you to participate and contribute to the success of our projects and initiative.

The UK WSP Planning Consultancy team specialises in providing commercial planning advice to a wide-range of private and public sector clients. We are an established and commercially focused front end consultancy team who advise on development proposals throughout all stages of the planning process from feasibility, plan promotion, application, EIA and appeal.

Our projects range from complex city centre regeneration sites, tall buildings, high density housing, strategic housing promotion, repurposing town centres, retail development, sports and leisure, logistics and major business parks, through to detailed listed building reuse.

We act for developers, land owners, home builders, registered providers, financial institutions, strategic promoters, retailers and operators, as well as government agencies and bodies such as Homes England, Department for Education, Ministry of Defence, as well as Local Council’s across the UK.

Join us at WSP, not just to build a career, but to sculpt a legacy, champion growth, and thrive within a community that values your potential. The journey starts here, and the possibilities are endless.

Your New Role what’s involved?


One of the success factors of project delivery is planning. This critical stage offers an opportunity to collaborate with clients and help them make the right choices for their needs and find effective and sustainable strategies that also improve quality of life.

WSP has experienced and established Planning Consultancy teams in 6 of their main UK offices. The Liverpool, Manchester, London, Leeds and Birmingham teams are looking to recruit enthusiastic graduate town planners with a real passion for promoting healthy, socially inclusive, economically and environmentally sustainable places through a positive and proactive use of the town planning system.

Day to day activities could include:

  • Assessing site’s planning history and relevant planning policies contained within a development plan; as well as national planning policy and guidance as a contribution to planning strategies.
  • Preparing briefing notes that set out the likelihood of achieving planning permission for various uses.
  • Drafting planning statements in a clear and persuasive way, to support development proposals.
  • Attending site visits, design team and client meetings.
  • Monitoring planning applications/local plan making and liaising with clients and teams to respond to consultation feedback and disseminate critical information to help shape client and team decisions.

We are proud to be involved in leading some of the largest and most high-profile schemes across the UK regions, which include:

  • South East Warrington Urban Extension – a 4000+ home new urban extension to the south east of the town of Warrington
  • Hind Street Urban Garden Village, Birkenhead – a 1,600 homes new residential neighbourhood at the heart of the regeneration of Birkenhead
  • Love Lane, Liverpool – a 500 home residential led mixed use development at the northern gateway to Liverpool City Centre
  • Liverpool Baltic Station – a new city centre train station to serve Liverpool’s expanding world class waterfront offer and the Baltic Triangle recently voted the coolest neighbourhood in the UK and 11th in the world
  • Eden Project Morecambe and Eden Project Dundee – working with the global leading environmental charity to expand their mission around the world.

All in a day’s work

Our Graduates told us the best part of being on the Graduate Development Programme is the support for their own personal development and large network available to them.

They also told us they had the chance to work on a wide variety of projects enabling them to work closely with other disciplines, and allowing them to gain a better understanding of their role on projects and how this enhances the schemes they are involved in. As well the large pool of technical experts to guide them throughout their journey.

You could be involved in development proposals, 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, however, the support network available, assists and encourages our early career professionals and offers a wide range of activities. Including social events and many opportunities to assist with team building outside of the work environment.

What you’ll need

  • You’ll be graduating in 2024 or have recently graduated with at least a 2:2 in a RTPI accredited masters degree.
  • a desire to learn and contribute to the on-going success of WSP Planning Consultancy
  • You'll be looking to start work in either April or September 2024
  • You’ll ideally have less than 15 months relevant experience
  • You’ll have strong interpersonal skills,
  • You’ll have the ability to work effectively in a team, collaborating with colleagues and adapting to dynamic project environments,
  • You’ll have the creativity to solve problems
  • You’ll want to stretch and inspire us, sharing new ideas you have
  • You’ll have the ability to manage your own time and plan your workload effectively.

Please be aware 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

At WSP, we care about individuals and their progress, and we are committed to your continuous growth and development. Through our comprehensive professional development programme, you will have the opportunity to work towards chartership and unlock your full potential as an industry professional.

We have established relationships with professional institutions including ICE, IStructE, IET, CIBSE, CIHT, CILT, IMechE, IChemE, CIWEM, RICS, RTPI, SocEnv & APM. You will have the opportunity to select a technical mentor to help you on your journey, and to reward you for your efforts, (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 that may not be included in this list.

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. Commercial Concepts, Career Development…and lots more!

Our unique Professional Growth Network (PGN) is a networking group run by early career professionals for early career professionals. It helps to grow your network of contacts across the business as well as providing you with opportunities for extra experience and to support you in achieving chartered status or other professional accreditations.

How long does the process take?

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 48 hours of submission. After reviewing your application, if we feel your background and skills are suitable, you will be sent through to the second stage in the process which is an online behavioural assessment (information and support for candidates re: the behavioural assessment can be found on our website.

If you are successful after completing the assessment, we will be work hard to match you to the most suitable roles in our business.

Most applications complete initial assessments and are progressed to the next stage which is an interview day, within 8 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.

  • Work-life balance?

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

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

  • Inclusivity & Diversity?

We want our people to achieve rewarding careers, bringing their whole selves to work. We celebrate integrity and treat people with respect, supporting each other and embracing diversity to create a culture of inclusion and belonging at WSP.

Our employee resource groups VIBE (LGBTQ+ employees), CREED (Championing Racial Equality and Ethnic Diversity) and our Gender Balance Group, in tandem with WSP’s Neurodiverse Community Group, WSP Connect Group (visible and non-visible disabilities) help us promote the right environment for you to reach your full potential.

  • 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 where 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 also offer part time and flexible working arrangements plus the option to flex your bank holiday entitlement to suit you.

  • Your development?

We appreciate that development and training is important to you and that’s why we have a supportive environment that invests in your development, whether that’s chartership, training or mentoring.

Apply now and be the future of WSP!

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