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A legacy forged on some of the country’s most iconic buildings.

From The Shard to 22 Bishopsgate, the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to Wimbledon No. 1 Court, we build the future. But we don’t just develop great structures. We develop great engineers too.

Development on a different scale.

Our graduate scheme is designed to forge the next generation of engineers, leaders and problem solvers. How? With huge development opportunities to match your ambitions, all created with sustainability in mind.

You’ll work across design, commercial, project management and on construction sites themselves. That broad experience will help you gain chartered status with the Institution of Civil Engineers, which is the focus of the programme. And if your big dream is Institution of Structural Engineering chartership, we’ll support you through that too.

There’s a competitive salary and generous benefits. Best of all, it’s the chance to start building a legacy of your own. On a different scale.

Start thinking big. Find out what life on our graduate scheme is like.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll spend 4 to 4.5 years laying the groundwork for an amazing career. Through rotations, you’ll gain experience right across design, sales and estimating, commercial, project management, production, health and safety/quality assurance and construction.

At the same time, you’ll complete ICE training, which we’re accredited to deliver. Coupled with the experience and knowledge you develop on your rotations, you’ll achieve competence in the technical and practical application of engineering, independent judgement and responsibility, commercial ability, communication skills and more.

There will be regular professional reviews, and your progress will be recorded and monitored by ICE. The final one will comprise of a professional review and a written assessment.

And before you know it, you’ll be chartered with ICE. For those who want to, we’ll also offer the opportunity to take the IStructE exam - and help you every step of the way. So the scale of your development is completely set by you - your ambitions, your goals, your career.

Whether you join us in Lostock, Dalton, Sherburn, Ballinamallard or Lisburn, at our satellite offices or on our construction sites, we’ll have your development in mind at every step. So you can keep thinking bigger.

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  • Salary £28,000
  • Equipsme - health insurance plan
  • Pension is matched at 7% (7% from employee/7% from employer)
  • Life assurance at 4 x salary
  • Company sick pay x 4 weeks
  • Access to a 24-hour free Employee Assistance Programme
  • Festive gift of £750 (paid pro-rata)
  • Professional Membership and any exam fees paid during the programme
  • Access to a huge range of discounts and cashbacks through the Severfield Rewards Gateway
  • 25 days' holiday plus 8 bank holidays
  • Working hours would be 39 hours per week, possibly on a hybrid model of 3 out of 5 days in the office
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What qualifications should I have to be eligible for the graduate scheme?

If you aspire to become a Structural Design Engineer, you’d ideally be studying towards a Meng in Civil or Structural Engineering or expecting a minimum 2:1 in a BEng.

If your ambitions are aligned to other project delivery areas, including Quantity surveying, Project Management, Construction, or Sales & Estimating, you would be expected to have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant built environment. civil engineering or similar degree or one that has transferrable skills, including business studies.

How do I apply?You can apply on our website under our careers section: or via Gradcracker.
When is the closing deadline for applicants?
Our 2024 intake will be open until the end of December 2023, with the view to first stage interviews taking place in January 2024. We would encourage anyone considering applying to do so without delay to avoid disappointment.
When is the graduate scheme start date?
September 2024.
Where will my place of work be during the graduate scheme?
With multiple sites across the UK, we would look to place you at one that is mutually convenient to your home location. Where this is not viable, we can discuss options during the interview process.
Where will I be predominately located during my graduate scheme?
You will spend time predominately at the location discussed with you at interview, however with us being UK wide, and a construction business, you will be expected to travel and undertake work outside of this location as and when necessary. You’ll be given appropriate notice, and where applicable, subsidence towards travel, accommodation, and incidentals.
Will I be considered a permanent Colleague from Day one with Severfield?
Yes, you will be a full-time colleague, with a contract of employment outlining your terms and conditions.

How long does the graduate scheme at Severfield take?

This will depend on which career pathway you decide upon, to become a Structural Design Engineer, this will take around 4 years to complete, this is inclusive of rotations to different departments, undertaking the requirements of your professional body (ICE), and ensuring that you have had the exposure to be a fully fledged Structural Design Engineer.

If you were looking to follow the career path for our project delivery areas, this may take slight less time to complete, but there would still be an emphasis on getting exposure to departmental practices, and completion of your professional development.
Which departments will I be in during my graduate rotations?
You will spend time in various departments to experience different challenges that will afford you the opportunity to achieve the attributes needed to be considered fully qualified at the end of your graduate scheme.
What support will I be given on the graduate scheme?
You will be allocated a mentor whilst you are undertaking our graduate scheme as well as input from your wider team when working on specific projects or in certain areas of the business. You will have ongoing reviews to discuss your progress, and your professional development.
Will my graduate scheme include the professional body costs associated with becoming qualified/chartered?
Yes, Severfield will meet these costs as part of your career pathway choices.
On completion of my graduate scheme, what will happen?
Once you have reached the end of your graduate scheme, the business will meet with you to confirm next steps. At this stage there will be no surprises for either party and you will have been working towards the department you will be working in for the previous 12 months, if not longer.

Where professional exams are part of the next steps, you will be allocated support and guidance of how to navigate them, and ensure you are confident to proceed.
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