White Young Green (WYG) is one of the country's fastest-growing multidisciplinary professional consultancies operating across the built, natural and social environment.
With more than 3,000 employees, the company is located in more than 30 offices, provides high-quality engineering, environmental, planning, socio-economic, surveying and management services to a range of public and private sector clients throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally.
"We recognise that our employees are our main asset and work hard to ensure that good performance is rewarded, and that there is a robust career development framework for all staff," explains Liz Zukowski, group HR director.
At WYG, graduates are offered exciting opportunities to develop skills and knowledge, working alongside professionally qualified design engineers, environmentalists, planners, surveyors and project managers, all within a friendly, sociable, dynamic and modern office environment. The company helps graduates reach their goals with its "Big Idea" scheme, an option developed to give some graduates a more flexible start for the first year of their development programme.
"The graduates we bring into WYG are essential to our future, they are the oil in our engine, the bedrock for ensuring the firm can continue to grow," Liz explains. "Alongside training programmes, graduates are supported in all aspects of planning their personal development, with sponsorship and supervision to help them achieve their aims."
WYG looks for graduates with a good degree in a generally related subject, but, just as importantly, people who have real enthusiasm and a hunger to apply their knowledge. Some of the current WYG-accredited programmes include: Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. WYG is working towards accreditations with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Rotation system/Big Idea scheme for exceptional students
Educational and vocational sponsorship
Competitive salary and flexible benefit options
holiday, plus bank holidays
Katherine Wear graduated from University of Leeds with an MA in research in the built environment (distinction).
Katherine now works in the Brownfield Land Remediation and Regeneration team of White Young Green Environmental, based in the Leeds office.
Her first job really is giving Katherine the satisfaction that she was hoping for when she started her professional working life. "At the moment, I am mainly involved with geo-environmental desk study related work, groundwater monitoring and groundwater modeling," she said. She is taking her workload in her stride, along with rising to the challenge of handling a degree of responsibility.
Katherine was attracted to WYG because of the many and varied projects that she felt would give her some rounded experience, and says that the company has met her expectations at every level Đ both professionally, and in terms of career development. "There is always a variety of work on offer, and I have worked on a number of innovative projects. I feel I have been able to stretch myself more than I thought a job would allow me to do, especially so early on in my career.'
"I have been given the opportunity and support to progress my career and enhance my personal development through both internal and external training. Undertaking this role has inspired me to become a member of the Chartered Institution of Water Environmental Management and I am in the process of applying for graduate membership."