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AECOM graduates work on impressive infrastructure projects

 August 14, 2023

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AECOM supports its graduate to become their best self via impressive training opportunities to continuously develop professional skills and enhance their career.

AECOM invests heavily in its UK and Ireland Graduate Development Programme (GDP) as it is designed to help train the future leaders, both people and technical, of AECOM's business.

AECOM currently has over 700 graduates across numerous disciplines developing their technical and soft skills, and working towards their professional accreditation. AECOM gradautes learn from some of the most talented and renowned experts in their field, while bringing a fresh approach and further diversifying AECOM's workforce.

Key components of AECOM's Graduate Development Programme

AECOM graduates work on small-scale through to massive international infrastructure projects, embedding sustainable development and positive social outcomes in everything they do.

Key components of AECOM's Graduate Development Programme include:

  • 2-day Induction - opportunities to learn more about the AECOM business globally, engage with some of AECOM's senior staff, and network with many fellow graduates from across the UK and Ireland
  • Residential Training Events - over the course of the GDP, graduates may attend a number of residential training events covering key business knowledge and soft skills, including presentation skills, emotional intelligence, AECOM project delivery, and AECOM project case studies
  • Professional Qualification - AECOM graduates are supported towards a relevant and recognised professional qualification, including full financial and development support
  • Mentor - graduates are provided with an experienced mentor who supports professional development through regular reviews, identify training and experience requirements, and share their knowledge and experiences. All mentors are committed to developing the next generation of AECOM professionals, are highly regarded within their respective areas of work, and have themselves experienced the rigours of gaining professional qualifications
  • Technical Development - on-the-job training within each team, including any appropriate software training required
  • Continued Professional Development - support towards continued professional development, ranging from attendance at conferences, to financial backing for entries to professional awards and competitions
  • Opportunity to work on live client projects from the very first day in the role
  • External Training Courses where required
  • Multi-Disciplinary Exposure – due to the nature and diversity of AECOM's business, graduates are granted opportunities to develop understanding of other disciplines, develop technical expertise further, and improve ability to work with different types of people
  • Social Activities – AECOM expects graduates to work hard, so it’s imperative that graduates enjoy the work environment; regular social events are organised within the graduate community including sports clubs, cinema nights, pub quizzes and charity events

Wide variety of benefits for AECOM graduates

AECOM graduates make a tangible difference in the world, and are rewarded for it.

AECOM offers:

  • Chartership with the relevant Professional Institution
  • Opportunity to make a real impact in the world
  • Opportunity to be part of one of the world’s most admired companies
  • Technical and soft skills development
  • Opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most talented minds in the industry

AECOM has many benefits for its graduates - rewarding graduates not only with pay, but also with a range of benefits. The key benefits available to graduates in the United Kingdom and Ireland include (but are not limited to):

  • Bi-annual salary review while on the Graduate Development Programme
  • 25 days annual leave, plus all public holidays, and the opportunity to buy and sell holiday
  • 2 paid corporate social value days per year
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance, income protection (permanent staff only)
  • Flexible benefits such as childcare vouchers and gym membership discount
  • Pension scheme that also gives you access to MyMoneyWorks, which is designed to help you plan for your future goals and provide guidance and information on a range of financial products
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which offers access to advice on a wide range of topics, such as financial problems, legal matters, medical concerns and many other issues that can cause you concern or worry — available completely free of charge
  • Eye care vouchers
  • 15 days paid leave per annum for formally signed up reservists  (AECOM is recognised as a Gold Employer by the Ministry of Defence for our work with the Armed Forces Covenant)

Application and assessment

AECOM wants the best graduates, ready to make a difference. Thus, AECOM makes the application and assessment process for its UK&I Graduate Development Program both swift and robust.

AECOM values graduates who have an excellent technical grounding in their particular field, with the ability to assimilate and analyse information effectively and objectively to make informed decisions.

Equally as important, the company is looking for certain core behaviours that will enable graduates to thrive, such as teamwork, the ability to communicate effectively, the confidence to challenge and ask questions, the ability to prioritise, and creative and innovative thinking.

AECOM wants the best graduates, ready to make a difference. They company has therefore made the application and assessment process for its Graduate Development Programme both swift and robust.

AECOM's assessment process involves:

  • Online registration
  • Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
  • Placing future graduates in scenarios they can expect to experience with AECOM
  • Online Numerical Reasoning (only for certain roles)
  • Final-stage technical assessment or assessment day in the office

Embark on a successful AECOM graduate career

Around the globe, clients count on AECOM to think without limits and pioneer solutions to their greatest challenges, building legacies for future generations.

Looking to work alongside the industry’s best and brightest in an environment that supports excellent learning, development, and technical excellence?

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