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2024 - Year in Industry & Summer Placement

What if you could embrace your curiosity in a culture that celebrates different perspectives?

With us, you can

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.

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.

To find out more about Sectors and Specialism please visit our Graduate website,

Your new role, what's involved?

Join us for a Year in Industry or Summer Placement, and you’ll find yourself challenged in more fascinating and far-reaching ways than ever before. You’ll explore new and inspiring opportunities to make the most of your expertise, broaden your professional horizons and create exciting new possibilities for people, organisations and future generations.

Engineering consultancy

We have Placement opportunities available in Property & Buildings, Transport & Infrastructure, Planning & Development, Transport and Local Government. Placement students work directly with clients to plan and design projects, alongside contractors who carry out the construction. This means consistent communication with the client, contract management, and consideration of the use of materials, environmental impacts, costs, and ease of maintenance.

Environmental consultancy

Our Environmental placement students work alongside our environmental consultants in many different roles in a variety of teams across our Environmental discipline. They're involved in the planning stages of developments and carry out environmental assessments, from noise and vibration assessment to environmental management.

Our teams work on some of the most exciting projects in the UK and beyond. We have worked on projects such as the Shard, Crossrail, (Elizabeth Line), London. Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, Thames Tideway Tunnel. High-Speed 2 (HS2) & Battersea Power Station Redevelopment, London. Manchester City Centre Transport Strategy, Edinburgh’s Waterfront Regeneration, Urban renewal Projects & Smart Cities Initiatives, redesigning London’s train stations to planning new wind farms in Scotland.

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

Any of the following:

  • You’ll be studying one of the following Degree courses: MEng Civil Engineering, MEng Structural Engineering, MEng Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, MEng Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Systems Engineering, MSc Human Factors and Ergonomics, Safety and Reliability Engineering, Safety Critical Systems Engineering, Project Management, Geography, Transport Planning (or similar), Environmental Science(s), Urban Planning, Computer Science, Maths Construction Management, Landscape Architecture
  • You’ll have a passion for sustainable engineering or environmental, and creativity to solve problems
  • You’ll have a drive to make a positive impact on the world
  • 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 strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • You’ll have the ability to work effectively in a team and adapt to dynamic project environments. Sharing ideas and collaborating with colleagues
  • You’ll have the ability to prioritise and plan effectively

What's in it for you?

  • Opportunity to join our Scholarship programme
  • A chance to join our Graduate programme upon completion of your degree
  • A competitive salary
  • Experience of working on live projects
  • Influential communications
  • Support throughout with guidance from your peers and senior team members
  • 25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays (pro-rata)
  • Flexibility on length of placement
  • Opportunity to be part of our (PGN)

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 Culture

We have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. VIBE (our LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) and our Gender Balance Group work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable all employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone Belonging@WSP .

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, including, chartership, training, and mentoring.

How long does the process take?

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. 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. To learn more about the assessment please visit the Arctic Shores website.

If you are successful after completing the assessment, we will work hard to match as many applicants to placement opportunities as possible. However, each year we receive far more applications than there are places available, therefore you will be only contacted if your preferences, background and skills match our available placements.

Most applications complete initial assessments and are progressed to the next stage which is an interview, within 8 weeks but it’s good to know that the whole process can last up to 12 weeks in total. We will aim to keep you informed throughout 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.

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.

We have an Employee Assist Programme, Med24, which 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. You also have the option to flex your bank holiday entitlement to suit you.

Apply now and be the future of WSP!

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