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Introducing the Sweco Graduate Scheme

We’re looking for our next intake of building designers, transport planners, place makers, digital innovators, landscape shapers, nature protectors, planet savers and difference makers

Start an exciting career that empowers you to transform society every day

Our Graduate Scheme is all about nurturing talent, opening doors and empowering you to make changes that matter across planning, design and engineering projects that shape communities and improve lives. Whether you’re starting or changing your career, we’ll help you get to where you want to be – and become a key part of our mission to transform society together.

Sweco graduates don’t just follow our vision – they help us set it

Through our scheme you’ll gain the skills, knowledge and experience to not only develop a successful early career, but build the confidence to help shape the way we do things. We pride ourselves on a strong collaboration culture at Sweco, with each graduate assigned a dedicated mentor, a scheme leader and a line manager to ensure you are supported in both personal and professional growth.


I have had the opportunity to gain skills which I would not have otherwise been able to gain in my day to day work alone. I have enjoyed getting to know other areas of the business and gaining some perspective on the vast variety of the work that Sweco does. Most importantly for me, through the experience I have met some incredible people from all over the country…we have created a community of graduates, co-workers and friends.

Sweco graduate scheme alumni, 2021

How our Graduate Scheme works

With a structured (but tailored) development training programme that covers technical, business and behavioural modules, our scheme provides a full ‘360 degree’ approach to learning.

In addition to pursuing the formal learning element of our scheme, you’ll also work on real-world building, transportation, landscape design, energy & water infrastructure, environment or compliance briefs (depending on your role) for a range of local and national clients – all alongside some of the best in the business as you partner with our community of multi-disciplinary specialists and senior experts in the UK and overseas.

…An excellent social and collaborative experience that exposed us all to areas of the business we otherwise wouldn’t have seen. We were able to meet people from all different parts of the business and create points of contact within them, including things like the legal side of our projects. It allowed us to develop into professional engineers; through acknowledging our strengths and learning that others will have different strong areas to us. It also allowed for travel to other offices and experience in travelling for work.

Sweco graduate scheme alumni, 2021

Our entry requirements

We are looking for graduates who meet the following criteria:

  • Eligible to work in the UK with a valid work permit if applicable
  • Full flexibility as you may be required to relocate for your role
  • Strong numeracy and literacy skills
  • A degree course with a clear route to professional accreditation
  • Your degree classification should be 2:1 or higher (entry degrees will be listed within each of our graduate vacancies and differ from role to role)

Your rewards & benefits

  1. A permanent contract from day one
  2. Competitive salary
  3. Pension
  4. Company mobile phone & laptop
  5. Employee discount via Sweco Benefit Select (Faircare)
  6. 34 days paid holiday (35 days paid holiday for employees based in Scotland)
  7. Employee Assistance Programme – wellbeing, mental, financial, and work advice
  8. 2 x Professional Membership Subscriptions
  9. Life Assurance
  10. Cycle2Work scheme
  11. FlexWorks (flexible working scheme – hybrid model)
  12. Bonus


Meet some of our current graduates

Georgina Buffham

Say yes to every opportunity. That is Georgina Buffham’s advice to fellow Graduates. She has been with Sweco since 2019 and enjoys the opportunities she gets of both improving the business and herself.

Desislava Petkova

Although based in Manchester, Desislava Petkova has worked on projects all over the UK and Ireland. She is currently involved in several projects in both the private and the public sector.

Jordan Bamber

The Sweco Graduate Programme has allowed Jordan Bamber to develop a broad network that otherwise would have been difficult to achieve. He now draws on that network when he works on several road improvement projects.

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