The Highways Agency is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England. 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.
The Engineering Scheme is a three-year programme for Civil and Electrical Engineers which will lead on towards Chartered Status. To enter the scheme you must have a BEng or MEng accredited degree accredited by the ICE or IET.
The Highways Agency is at the heart of some of the biggest and most complex engineering projects you’ll find anywhere. Think about the logistics of widening the M25, or protecting an Area of Special Scientific Interest while upgrading a major trunk road running through it (the A3 at Hindhead). Look at the sophisticated sensors and communication systems that bring real time information to overhead electronic signs on motorways.
Such challenges call for ingenious technical solutions and exceptional project leadership, and you’ll soon be making key contributions on both fronts. Placements usually last between 12 to 15 months, and are likely to be divided between our Major Projects and Network Operations divisions. Hands on experience will be underpinned by structured development including technical and leadership training, coaching, job shadowing and mentoring. We work in partnerships and joint ventures with leading contractors and consultants, and you’ll almost certainly gain an added dimension of experience with them through secondments.
At the end of the three year scheme you will be in line for your first management role, consolidating your experience and progressing towards chartered status.
If you’ve got what it takes, we offer a great deal in return, including excellent starting salaries plus a great all-round package:
Ø 30 days annual leave (plus a further 10½ days of bank holidays and privilege days)
Ø Choice of civil service pensions
Ø Flexible working hours (37 hours per week)
Ø Leadership workshops and training opportunities
Ø Mentor from senior management
Ø Graduate ‘Buddy’
Ø A professional coach giving comprehensive feedback
Ø Self-development resources through the Learning & Development Directory
Ø Opportunities for secondments and placements in the private and public sectors
Ø Study support and professional guidance towards Chartered Status
Please click apply now to visit our website for more information and to apply.