Graduate Engineer - Engineer Development Programme

Leeds, Birmingham, Ellesmere Port, Milton Keynes
22 Apr 2021
31 May 2021
Start Date

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities, entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.  We’re the charity helping millions of people feel happier and healthier by spending more time on and along our canals and rivers. Our rich and tranquil spaces provide places to walk, run, bike, roll, boat and rest and we have incredible infrastructures that can be matched by no other organisation.

Join us to start your Civil Engineering career.  We are delighted be able to offer 4 new graduate opportunities on our new Graduate Engineer Programme starting 2021.  It takes an extraordinary team, from many walks of life, to bring our waterways to life and you’ll tackle the same challenges we do, be stretched and supported and have opportunity to work alongside exceptional colleagues.

We place great importance not only on what we do, but how and why we do it. We are passionate, collaborative, and take pride in work that helps our customers and communities.

Working for the Canal & River Trust, when you reach the end of the day, you will know you have really made a difference made a difference. 

Join us and you’ll be caring for your environment as well as your community, helping make life better by water for everyone. Every day.

The Programme:

The programme will provide appropriate experience, support and mentorship to accelerate you through to becoming a chartered engineer, which it targets after 3 years, however, you must take a high degree of personal responsibility towards this.

The programme is designed to bring out the best in you and push you to your full potential as a future leader and we'll help you make the very most of your talents.  As graduate engineer you will be part of a nationwide engineering team , working alongside and learning from highly experienced engineers  from a variety of backgrounds, all dedicated to preserving this important part of our industrial heritage, and ensuring it can be enjoyed and loved by future generations.

We offer diverse on-the-job experience through a rotational programme will be complemented by an engaging series of learning experiences to help you to build the right blend of personal and professional skills. You will be mentored by experienced colleagues and have support from your manager.

We will work closely with you to develop clear career goals, expand your skills and assist you in working towards the relevant chartership

For more information about the scheme view our interactive Graduate Engineer Guide here

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

About the role

We're very proud to be the custodians of one of the largest collection of industrial heritage, covering 2,000 miles of the UK's canals and rivers and over thousands of different structures, many of them listed.   The majority of our canals and navigable rivers are over 200 years old, and they still work as they were designed to. This is quite remarkable and reflects the innovation and skill of the original engineers and the continuing dedication and expertise of our team today.

Our Engineers maintain, repair and rebuild the Trust’s infrastructure to enable visitors to safely enjoy our canals and rivers and safeguard them for future generations. This is done by inspecting and assessing the condition of our built assets, prioritising repair and renewal works and designing and specifying works that are required.

This role will provide you with challenges from the seemingly simple, but often not straight forward, through to complex interdisciplinary projects where constraints require innovation. The role allows you to apply your modern engineering skills within the heritage setting developed 250 years ago by the pioneers of the industrial revolution. Learning from an outstanding team of specialists, across the Trust

About you

Entry requirements 

To build our team, we ’re looking for graduates from a variety of backgrounds, and experiences who meeting the following criteria:

  • Eligible to work in the UK with a valid work permit if applicable
  • Ability to travel as our infrastructure is as disperse as it is diverse
  • Strong numeracy and literacy skills
  • A degree course with a clear route to professional accreditation
  • You’ll need at least a 2:1 degree in civil engineering

To apply:

  • Click "Apply for this job online"
  • Complete the online application form (iFORM) and upload a copy of your CV and covering letter (Supporting Document)
  • Your application will be reviewed against the entry requirements above 


Selected applicants will be invited to complete a series of psychometric tests, tailored to the role

Upon successful completion of the online tests, you will be invited to a video interview

If you are successful with that, you will be invited to take part in a panel interview with the team

All offers are subject to satisfactory references


Closes: 31 May 2021 at 23:59

Selection/Interviews: June 2021

Start date:  September 2021

Develop specialist skills, with a unique organisation in truly unique surroundings. Contact the team at with any questions - we'd love to hear from you.

What We Offer

What it’s like working here?

Health & wellbeing

We want to inspire and help colleagues to look after their mental and physical wellbeing, so they can feel great at work and at home. You’ll have access to a range of resources developed with this in mind – from wellbeing action plan, a learning allowance to expand your skills outside of work, mental health first aid, training and support to manage your wellbeing and access to a toolkit packed full of hints and tips,

The programme will provide appropriate experience , support and mentorship to accelerate you through to becoming chartered, which it targets within 4 years, however, you must take a high degree of personal responsibility towards this.

Fantastic Rewards

In addition to a competitive salary, there are generous benefits including 25 days holiday (increasing with years of service), pension scheme, company laptop and phone, employee assistance programme and other perks.  Visit our-benefits for more information.

Have a look at our website for more information about everything we do, you may be surprised.

We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.

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