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Placement Year - Civil Engineering

National Highways
Birmingham, West Midlands
Closing date
3 Dec 2021

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Role Type
Year in industry, Other work and training
Start Date
6-12 months
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About the programme

National Highways is proudly introducing its very first Year in Industry placements. If you are currently in your 3rd year at university and are considering a career in Civil Engineering, then we may have the perfect placement opportunity for you. Our 1 year programme will provide you with exposure to different areas of our Safety, Engineering and Standards Division and the wider National Highways. You will gain experience in areas such as Asset Management and the work of our Technical Approval Authority who oversee all aspects of highway structures from creating and maintain design standards through to maintenance and eventually demolition, all whilst focusing on the engineering. You will gain a breadth of experience whilst undertaking work that makes a real difference to our organisation.

We’ll support your development throughout the 1 year placement, where you will be working with colleagues from across National Highways. This is a chance to learn on the job in a large organisation that spends £393m of funding. A great way for you to supplement your final year at University and help you step up into the jobs market when you finish your course.

Our programme offers:

  • Starting Salary of £ 22,500 per annum
  • 1 year placement
  • On-the-job training with a chance to experience many different aspects of Civil Engineering through the world of Safety, Engineering and Standards
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Mentoring programme with senior team members to provide support and guidance.

About you

We are looking for ambitious students who are in their 3rd year seeking a placement opportunity. An individual who can thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. Good communication skills, both written and oral are also a must, as are the personal skills necessary to work as a member of a team and to maintain good relations with stakeholders. You pride yourself on your integrity, and on the quality of your work. This role will provide lots of opportunity for both personal and professional development in a large evolving organisation.

We ask that you hold the following:

  • Currently studying and in your 3rd year of an undergraduate degree in the following:
  • Civil Engineering Degree. Accredited as a base for C.Eng (MICE or IStructE).

About us

National Highways operates, maintains and improves England’s strategic road network made up of motorways and major A roads. These vital arteries account for a third of all traffic, carry two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and are relied on by 98% of the UK’s businesses.

Increasing levels of investment are leading to all manner of innovations. But with 4,300 miles of motorway, 20,000 bridges, underpasses, retaining walls and other kinds of structures, our work continually increases in scale and complexity. Not least as we bring £27.4 billion-worth of projects to life, boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety.

Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this.  We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion in what you do, work effectively in a team and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.


Everyone who works at National Highways, from those who design our roads to those who patrol them, play a vital part in keeping our customers safe.

We have a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we work in and foster an inclusive culture by actively supporting our growing employee networks.

We want to attract the very best talent to work with us. Our roles range from accountants to traffic officers, and engineers to project managers. But what they all have in common is helping to connect the country, and the opportunity for you to really grow your career with us.

Find Us
National Highways
National Traffic Operations Centre, 3 Ridgeway
Quinton Business Park
West Midlands
B32 1AF
United Kingdom
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