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Costain, a leading engineering and construction company, is one of the largest contractors in the UK, with staff in excess of 2,300 and a turnover in excess of £870m.

Specialist teams working in water, health, education, rail, highways, marine retail waste and nuclear sectors combine detailed knowledge with a customer focus paramount to the Costain culture.

Costain is committed to helping you achieve chartered status with the relevant professional institution as quickly as possible. Supported by your mentor and supervisor the company’s Graduate Development Programme will give you the relevant training and experience. You will be integrated into the business from day one. In most cases this will initially be through project-based work.

The company will look for the right project for you, close to your home or chosen locations, subject to the nature and availability of the projects at the time. If you can demonstrate commitment, technical ability, leadership potential and customer focus, then Costain is looking for you.

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  • Competitive starting salary

  • Car or car allowance and payment of business mileage

  • Graduate induction programme

  • Support towards achieving chartered status

  • Site based professional training placements

  • Contributory pension scheme n 25 days holiday

  • Professional fees paid

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Graduate profile: Tim Harmen
When Tim Harman graduated in 2004 from Bristol University, he knew that he wanted to put his MEng in civil engineering to good use. He chose to enrol in the Army, and began to study at Sandhurst. However, after two terms he took a long hard look at what he was doing. "I realised that it was going to take a long time to become chartered within the Army structure', explained Tim. 'I wanted to be in a more focused environment. So I decided to leave the military, and take up a job offer from Costain.'

Since then, there has been no looking back for Tim who went on site very early on at a water treatment works. 'Since then, I have been promoted from Graduate Engineer to Section Engineer, and then again to Senior Engineer. I’m currently based on site at Kings Cross Station, I’m looking after one of the floors of the building, running the sub contractors and dealing with design issues. I like being site based, I am a very hands-on person.'

'Costain has been brilliant for me,' Tim explained. 'The company has given me every opportunity to acquire experience and follow my training route. The training programme is really well set up, and allows opportunities to raise the bar by pushing yourself forward. I am on the 20/20 programme, a scheme to give extra training to younger staff with management potential. It’s a major commitment for the firm, but is shows how much Costain cares about developing people within the company.'

Tim’s advice for graduating engineers facing a career choice is to be clear about the options. 'Decide if you want to be a contractor or a consultant early on,' he said. 'It is a crucial decision. If, like me, you don’t want to be office bound, and would prefer to be out on site affecting what’s being built, then a contractor like Costain is a good choice. If you want a job where you are supported, trained and given responsibility, then there is no better place for a graduate engineer to join than Costain.'

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