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Consultants ramp up graduate recruitment

Consultants have this year stepped up their graduate recruitment programmes, according to NCE research.

The figures are a sign that the sector is pulling out of the economic downturn.

Atkins this week revealed that it had taken on 330 graduates - up from 230 last year

It also took on 75 apprentices, more than doubling the number working across the company.

Mott MacDonald told NCE it had taken on 212 graduates this year, up from 166 last year and 82 the year before.

It offered 23 apprenticeships, up from 13 in 2012 and nine in 2011.

Arup brought 162 graduates into its UK business this month, up from 150 last September.

More than 40% of Arup’s latest graduate intake were female.

WSP said its graduate intake would be about 70 once all placements were filled, which it said “continued an upwards trend”.

CH2M Hill said it has exceeded targets by recruiting 48 UK graduates and 10 apprentices.

“It is widely acknowledged that there is likely to be a shortage of suitably qualified young people to deliver the technically complex and time-critical challenges in the years ahead,” said Atkins’ UK HR director Sue Cooper.

“This, coupled with increasing worldwide demand for infrastructure and other engineering capabilities means companies in our sector need to address the issue now.”

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