As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.
We can offer you the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most exciting engineering and design projects. We invest in your learning and development and we value the ideas and innovation you could bring to our work. So, if you’re ready, we can’t wait to get you involved.
Firstly though, we thought you’d like to know how our Apprenticeship Development Programme works. An apprenticeship enables you to earn a salary whilst you are studying for nationally recognised qualifications. You’ll get to work alongside and learn from our experts who have a wide range of knowledge and experiences to share with you, with a programme designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills for a successful career with us. We understand that all apprentices are different. Therefore, we tailor your training and development to help you to achieve your own personal goals. You’ll undertake a supervised programme of in-company training and college teaching.
You will study towards a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A-Levels) in; building services engineering, civil engineering, transport planning, rail design or engineering (design and draftsperson) over a 2-3 year period on a block / day release basis.
A typical week would include:
There’s no such thing as a typical day at WSP. Your role will be varied and your learning will be fast paced. One day can be completely different to the next. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills using specialist software suited to the area of the business you are working in. You may be involved with taking concepts and ideas from architects or engineers and creating software drawings and designs.
Where practical, you’ll get the opportunity to visit site and see the projects you’ve been working on, coming to life.
You’ll be in your final year or have completed your GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) with a minimum of five GCSEs grade C / Level 5 or above which must include English, Maths and Science with at least a grade B / Level 6 in Maths.
What if we can?
With over 8,340 talented people in the UK and 49,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. We’ve been involved in many high-profile UK projects including; The Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.
Be you, be happy – we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise people with varying backgrounds and experiences enhance the capabilities of our teams. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and WiL (Women in Leadership) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and our women to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.
Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. In addition, we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.
What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!
WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home or having flexible start and finish times will help with this let us know as part of your application.
As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!
How long does the process take?
You’ll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 48 hours of applying. We work hard to match you to the most suitable apprenticeship, taking into account your preferences in our business. Our recruitment process can vary depending on the team you are matched to but the majority of applications are progressed to interview or assessment centre within 2-3 months. It might be helpful to know that the whole process can last up to 8 months in total. We will aim to keep you informed throughout the time that your application is being considered.
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