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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 £900M.

Specialist teams working in water, rail, highways, marine 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 location, subject to the nature and availability on our projects at the time.

If you can demonstrate commitment, technical ability, leadership potential and customer focus, then Costain is looking for you. Apply to work with us at


 Competitive starting salary

 Car or car allowance and payment of
business mileage

 Graduate induction programme

 25 days' holiday

 Support towards achieving
chartered status

 Site-based professional training

 Contributory pension scheme

 Professional fees paid

Ruth Bullen

Ruth Bullen graduated from Nottingham University in 2004 with a MEng in civil engineering. "I spent a few months travelling, to get that out of my system before joining the working world," she recalls. January 2005 saw Ruth taking up her first post as site engineer for a railway bridge project in Peterborough.

"It was a really good first project," says Ruth. "It was relatively small (Ł5M), but it was a good job to be put on in terms of my experience. It was a small team and I got to see everything. I was starting as a graduate engineer, but thrown in at the deep end." Ruth gets plenty of support though, so she does not feel she is facing tough decisions on her own. "There are plenty of people with loads of knowledge and they encourage you to look someone up and call them if you want to find out about something."

Ruth is currently involved in getting the systems and procedures set up for a new highways project Đ a dual carriageway in Corby Đ which is due to start soon. "I will have a more senior role on this project," says Ruth, "with some management, but I imagine that there will be lots of hands-on work as well." All this is right up Ruth's street.

"I enjoy the variety," she says. "I like being part of a team that is working to get something built, and being out there onsite, really being involved and not isolated in an office. There are all sorts of challenges every day, and that is what I go to work for."

Ruth is getting the most from Costain's structured training scheme. "The scheme is well set out and everything is in place to help me become a chartered engineer," she says. "It is up to you to drive it but if you do, the quality of the training is very good. I have just been to the annual graduate conference, meeting up with all the others who, like me, are coming to the end of their third year at university.
It was a good chance to network and catch up."

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