As a student engineer with TGP, you can expect to work on a wide variety of projects, including highway schemes, railway engineering, geotechnical projects, industrial and commercial buildings and temporary works. As the company believes in stretching people's capabilities, you may find yourself developing computer analysis of structures, writing feasibility studies, producing reports, designing structures in steel and concrete, and even verifying and checking work. All this means that you really must be a team player, with self-motivation and enthusiasm.
Every year, TGP students take part in a special week of site visits and activities across the country, where they get to know colleagues from other offices and take part in team-building exercises.
As a graduate, you will be encouraged to join TGP's graduate training scheme for the ICE CPR. Site placements can be arranged with contractor clients to gain practical experience. TGP graduates are involved throughout the life of a project. They are expected to be actively involved in investigation, survey, feasibility, optioneering, preliminary and detailed design and then provide site support during construction.
In 2007, for the second year running, TGP was highly commended at the Contract Journal Best Places to Work in Construction Awards.
Executive Director Graham Nicholson says: "I'm delighted that we have won such a high commendation two years running, making us one of the best companies to work for! Everyone at TGP is encouraged to share knowledge and support each other. Going to work takes up a large proportion of our lives Đ it's important that we enjoy it."
Student sponsorship scheme
ICE and IstructE-accredited training scheme
Competitive salary during summer vacation experience and industrial year placements
Offices in Surrey, Kent, Gloucestershire, Birmingham and Glasgow
Income protection and life cover
Opportunities to work overseas
Paul Pankhurst graduated from the University of Surrey in 2006 with a MEng degree in civil engineering. As a student, he was sponsored by Tony Gee and Partners, and worked his summer placements and industrial year for the company. During this time he worked on the temporary works design for Wembley Stadium, the design of an architectural footbridge and the construction engineering of a post-tensioned viaduct in Thailand, which included a site visit during the construction.
As a graduate, Paul has continued to work in the Structures Group. His work has included analysing a complex space-frame roof in China, the tender design of bridges for a Danube crossing and the London Olympics.
"I have really enjoyed working for TGP for the past few years," he says. "The projects and responsibilities that I have been given have enabled me to work quickly towards chartership. I am particularly looking forward to starting my site experience at the end of next month, which I am sure will offer new and exciting challenges."
Dawn Gillespie is studying for a MEng degree in civil engineering at the University of Surrey and is currently on her industrial placement year.
"There is a genuinely relaxed and helpful atmosphere in the open-plan offices of TGP, and my summer placement left me head and shoulders above my peers when I went back to university," she says.