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Development Programmes

We are a global consultancy business, applying technical excellence in our work across the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.

We offer a variety of areas for graduates and placement students to utilise and develop their skills. Whether you relish the day-to-day challenges of project management, possess the precision and communication demands of project controls, appreciate the complexity of cost management or have the necessary strategic vision for advisory, the challenge is here for you to take.

When you apply to one of our programmes (graduate, summer placement or year placement) you can let us know if you have a preference for one of our technical specialisms or a particular location. For those who are open to all specialisms, there will also be a flexible option so that you can be considered for various roles across our business.

Graduate Development Programme 

Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) is a structured learning environment providing graduates with the skills and experience they need to be a successful consultant. Over the two-year programme, you will receive market-leading training through our technical training academy as well as a range of soft-skills and on-the-job learning.

The GDP is blended with external qualifications and professional accreditation including RICS, APM, CIOB and ICE to ensure you become an industry-leading professional. With everything logged on our online learning platform, a graduate development manager, central development team, line manager and buddy, you will have all the tools and support needed to excel and achieve your career goals.

The GDP is designed to be:

  • A platform to enhance knowledge and gain first-hand experience
  • A training schedule to support and capture your learning and development needs and achievements
  • A learning tool document to track and report the development of your capabilities.

Year placements

We provide opportunities for those at university to gain valuable industry experience during their degree and earn while they learn through a structured year-placement. Applicants should be completing a year in industry as part of their degree course. This placement is particularly suitable for those currently studying a built environment degree. 

Summer placements

We provide summer placements for students in their penultimate year at university but will consider those in their first year or second year of a four year course. The placements usually start in June and will last 10-12 weeks. This placement is suitable for anyone wanting to gain an insight into the construction industry.

If you complete a placement with us, you will have the opportunity to fast-track on to another placement or directly on to the GDP. Your fast-track route will be determined by the amount of time you have left at university. If you are just returning for your final year, we will be able to fast-track you straight on to the GDP.

Placements allow you to get a head start in your career before you have graduated and give you an opportunity to gain an insight into a career with us.

For more information on our technical specialisms please click here.

Locations

We have opportunities for graduates and placements across the UK including:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield
  • Teesside

We encourage all candidates to be as mobile as they can to make the most of the opportunities available to them. Due to the nature of our work, you will not necessarily be based in our office location as you may visit and work from client sites over the course of your graduate programme. For some offices you may also need a valid UK driving licence and your own means of transport due to the location of some of our clients.

Programme areas

All of our graduates and placement students will develop technical expertise in line with one of the services we deliver to our clients. At application stage, you will be able to indicate your preference for the following development programme areas:

Controls and performance

Controls and performance is a vital part of modern project delivery. Working with big data, software and complex systems, the project team will look to you as the oracle of knowledge to support informed decision making. If you are interested in risk, project planning, cost control or implementing the latest project management software, then a career in controls and performance may be for you. Suitable for both the analytical mind and the social butterfly, you will excel as you build project delivery plans, interrogate million pound cost estimates and roll out the processes and tools necessary to track and control project performance. More information about controls and performance can be found here or read Dan’s story.

Project and programme management

Project management reduces risk and helps clients deliver projects in a consistent and improved manner. Project managers are responsible for the day-to-day management of the various aspects of the project, working collaboratively with different disciplines. In your role, you will support the project management commissions, taking responsibility for effectively delivering a vast range of tasks to the highest quality standard. Some of the key responsibilities will be establishing effective processes and systems to be used throughout the project, producing project plans and preparing written project communication materials. Learn more about project management.

Safety, health and quality (SHQ)

The SHQ team cover everything from construction design and management, fire, quality and management systems to training and access consultancy. You will gain experience working in a large team to learn our methodologies as well as having the opportunity to manage your own project independently with accountability for delivery and generating income. You will receive training and support to develop your skills alongside your preferred route to become an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health chartered professional. Learn more about safety, health and quality.

Roles within the SHQ team are only available in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

Advisory

Advisory provides a range of specialist services that complement the programme and project delivery capability of our core sectors: real estate, infrastructure, and natural resources. During the two year graduate programme, you will gain experience working in a large team to learn our methodologies as well as having the opportunity to manage your own project independently with accountability for delivery and generating income. You will provide management consultancy support on asset strategy, programme set-up and delivery, performance improvement and operational excellence. Learn more about advisory.

Roles in the advisory team are only available in London, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Birmingham.

Contract services

Our contract services ‘intelligent procurement’ approach provides a procurement pathway from business and programme level strategy to contract award, managing the procurement process, implementing consistent procedures and engaging the supply chain. The team develop contract & commercial solutions for our clients which help maximise value from the supply chain and mitigate contractual risk. Our procurement & contract experts provide support and guidance to our clients through each stage of the process in order to develop optimised procurement solutions that deliver efficiencies and cost savings against their business requirements. Learn more about contract services.

Roles in the contract services team are only available in London, Birmingham and Scotland.

Technology and data

The technology team works to make technology smarter for a variety of clients. The team can drive the right technology and data strategy from the start, setting up programmes and projects to establish effective information management, integrated reporting and collaborative delivery. The role gives you the opportunity to gain experience across all four service areas within the technology team, covering solutions advisory, building information modelling (BIM), capital projects and data & analytics. Learn more about technology and data.

Roles in the technology and data team are only available in Newcastle, Manchester or London.

Asset management

The asset management programme would give you the chance to work for AMCL, a Turner & Townsend company and global leader in asset management. You will work in the Europe team and support the Europe Delivery Manager in implementing a variety of consultancy and transformation projects for high profile infrastructure managers across multiple sectors. You will work on various  asset management related projects including asset management system design, business architecture design, asset information and cost modelling projects. Learn more about AMCL.

AMCL only has opportunities in London.

Cost and commercial management

Cost management is vital in delivering the best value to our clients and maximising their return on investment. You will support the commission manager by delivering a wide range of tasks to the highest quality standards. Key responsibilities include: estimating and producing cost plans, drafting the procurement documentation, checking and analysing tenders, conducting cost checks and valuations, analysing the numbers for the final accounts and liaising with the client, contractors and designers. If you have completed or are completing a degree in quality surveying this is the programme for you. If not we will sponsor you to complete a RICS accredited masters. More information about cost and commercial management can be found here or read Salish’s story.

Economics and market intelligence

The economics and market intelligence team combines economic theory and data analytics capabilities to create market leading insight and forecasting models for the business and our clients. Barclays, Heathrow Airport Limited and UBER are just a few of the key clients we have supported. This role gives you the opportunity to apply economic principles to real world outcomes, identifying economic conditions that may have a direct and indirect effect on the construction industry. In addition, the programme will increase your understanding of how economic data flows can be best structured to deliver meaningful analysis to business stakeholders.

Roles in the economic and market intelligence team are only available in Leeds.

Who we are looking for

The graduates we recruit are strategic, analytical thinkers who see solutions where others see challenges. They come from diverse backgrounds, but usually have a strong degree, a genuine enthusiasm for how the world works, and a love for learning on the job.

Some of the qualities we look for are:

  • Strong communications skills
  • Commitment to making a difference
  • Driven by quality
  • Exceeding expectations
  • Collaborative
  • Commercial thinking
  • Passion for the construction industry
  • Desire to learn and grasp opportunities

It's not just about what you studied at university, we welcome applications from all degree backgrounds. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for the construction industry and are motivated by the work we do and the clients we work with.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 2:1 or 1st in your undergraduate degree
  • Right to live and work in the UK

For year placements you should be completing a year in industry as part of your degree course. For summer placements you should currently be at university with at least a year left to complete following your placement. We expect you to be on track for a 2:1 or first in your degree.

Application process

If you are ready to make that first step towards a career with us, see the application process below.

1 – Pre-application

You can meet the team at one of our events to discuss the graduate and placement opportunities we offer.

2 – Online application

Submit your CV and complete the online application questions. It is here that you will need to add you preferred locations along with outlining your programme preferences.

3 – Video interview

If your online application is successful you will be asked to complete a video interview. The interview will focus on competency questions as well as your motivation for the opportunities we offer. Please make sure you have done your research as you will be asked questions around our business and the projects we work on.

4 – Assessment centre

If your video interview is successful you will be invited to a full day assessment centre. The day will focus on different competencies along with your motivation to join our business and the work we do. It will involve three activities – a group exercise, a presentation and an interview. If you are invited to an assessment centre full details of this will be sent to you in advance of the day so you will know what to prepare. The competencies that we look for at the assessment day are detailed in the table below.

Competency Description
Communication Communicates clearly and effectively in written and verbal communications, building confidence and trust from internal and external individuals and teams.
Delivering quality Delivers high quality of service and products by using our systems, policies and procedures, managing time, planning and organising to ensure excellence.
Working with others Works with others, both internally and externally, in the pursuit of team goals; shares information and supports others.
Thinking Thinks logically around issues and makes balanced decisions, while taking into account all relevant information. Uses imagination to generate new ideas, insights or solutions to improve processes.
Leadership Leads and motivates others to participate and contribute, provides necessary direction and inspires high performance.
Commercial focus Demonstrates understanding of commercial business drivers to ensure that work and
projects are carried out in alignment, while contributing to the development of business opportunities.
Motivation Explores motivation for our business, the programme you have applied to and working in the construction industry.

5 – Onboarding

If you are made an offer to join our business you will need to complete the onboarding process. At this stage you will be made aware of the team and location you will be working in.

Hints and tips

  • Make sure your contact details are correct and your CV is up to date
  • Check all documents you submit are error free (spelling and grammar)
  • Apply on time and do not miss deadlines
  • Prepare in advance of your interview and look at the projects we are working on
  • Act in a professional manner and wear business attire
  • Plan your journey, making sure you arrive with plenty of time
  • Think of questions you might want to ask at interview stage
  • Take your time, think about your answers.

Remember this process is as much for you as it for us, use this opportunity to find out more about our company so you are confident you have made the right choice.

Apply now

Please note that the graduate and year placement programmes officially start in September 2020 but there may be the opportunity to start earlier depending on business need. 

For further information contact:

Graduate recruitment