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Company Profile - Highways Agency


Established in 1994, the Highways Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport. We’re responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England and we have a major role in delivering the Government’s plans for Transport.

Who are we?

In recent years we’ve taken on more strategic tasks as network operator, with an increasing focus on traffic management and providing a high level of service to road users. It’s all part of our broad brief to tackle congestion, enhance safety, inform travellers, increase reliability and improve journey times. We’re pioneering new communication and information technologies. We’re building better new roads in less time. We’ve introduced over a thousand Traffic Officers to manage incidents and improve safety. And we’re even working on ways to influence travel behaviour to manage demand, reduce traffic impact and encourage more sustainable travel patterns.

Our remit covers a 4,500 mile network of motorways and major trunk roads carrying two thirds of all heavy traffic in England. Good circulation around these vital arteries is essential to the nation’s economic health and social wellbeing. This is where we play such a critical role at the heart of the national transport infrastructure. For graduates, a career with the Highways Agency offers a future of infinite scope for personal and professional development.

Career Opportunities

It’s our job to tackle congestion, enhance safety, inform travellers, increase reliability and improve journey times. This is a task that involves enormous technical challenges, huge projects, large numbers and big ideas. So it calls for leaders who will measure up to that task. Our Graduate Development Programme has three distinct schemes designed to develop and deliver those leaders into the core areas of our business.

Training and Development

The Leadership Scheme is a two-year generalist programme to develop the rounded experience and broad management skills for leading roles in the Agency’s future.  The Accountancy Scheme is a three-year gateway to becoming a Chartered Accountant. These two schemes are open to graduates with a degree in any discipline. The Engineering Scheme is a three-year programme for Civil and Electrical Engineers (with BEng or MEng degrees) which will lead on to Chartered status.

How to apply

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