A BRIGHT FUTURE
At Halcrow you can make an impact, where there are fresh challenges and no two days are the same.
Halcrow employees are recognised internationally for their professionalism and range of capabilities. By concentrating on project and client expectations, the firm has developed an exceptionally broad and diverse skill base, embracing all aspects of water, transport, environment, consulting, maritime and property.
At Halcrow, you are ensured a structured career that encourages the strengths of the individual and rewards success. The firm works hard to provide the support and the career opportunities necessary for your continuing professional development and technical and interpersonal skills courses. Learning events are delivered on a regular basis.
Halcrow offers graduates accredited and approved development schemes to help you further your qualifications, as well as on-the-job learning, working in a friendly environment on projects with experienced people to bounce ideas off. The firm's well-established mentoring system offers support and guidance when you need it. There are also opportunities to work on multidisciplinary and international projects.
Halcrow encourages employees to strike a healthy work-life balance and encourages flexible working. The company has been re-accredited with investors in people status in the UK.
Halcrow looks for graduates who have enthusiasm, want to make the most of their graduate training opportunities and make a difference to the world in which we live.
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170 Number of graduate vacancies
65 UK and International offices
Minimum degree required: 2.1
Number of employees: 6,000-plus
Opportunities to work overseas: Yes
Work experience offered: Yes
Starting salary in the region of: Competitive
Training accredited by a professional body: ICE, IEE, IMechE, CIWEM, IStructE
Disciplines recruited from: Civil, electrical, mechanical, structural, environmental, geography, transportation, urban planning, marine science and coastal engineering.
Other benefits: Flexible benefits, private healthcare cover, contributory pension, 24 days annual leave, sports and social activities.
How to apply: Company application form available on website.
Closing date for applications: Ongoing.
Main contact details: Sarah Morgan, Human Resources, Halcrow Burderop Park, Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 OQD
Steve Richings left Cardiff University in July 2006 with a MEng in civil engineering and joined Halcrow the following September. "I had been working with Halcrow for various work placements, and they had even sponsored me through university," explains Steve. "By the time my finals came around I was secure in the knowledge that they had offered me a job with the bridge design team, which was brilliant."
His first job as a graduate engineer took Steve into a placement with Transport for London, where he focused on contract documents and technical work. "At the moment, I am working on the spans for coal conveyors for a power station," he says. "However, in a few weeks I'm off to our Dubai office for a four-month placement, working on ramps and slip roads for a major highways scheme."
Steve is an enthusiastic ambassador for the firm. "I'm enjoying everything about the job," he says. "Every day is different; the team I am in is working on some major bridge contracts. I am forever asking questions, and I'm learning a lot. This is a very personable and approachable firm. I have a designated engineer who is really keeping me motivated for my ICE professional training, and I've been sent on lots of courses. They give a lot of priority to graduate training here." Halcrow's sports and social club puts on lots of events every year, and Steve has even proved a classic old adage wrong by successfully organising a department trip. "It was a brewery tour," he says. Well, that's one way of describing it...