Graduate Careers UK and Ireland

At RPS we work as one team to achieve exceptional outcomes, and joining the Graduate Scheme is no different. From early on in your career you’ll have exposure to sustainable projects, experience true support and encouragement and be trusted to work in a way that’s right for you. 

Who we're looking for

We encourage and value different ideas, perspectives, and styles of thinking. We believe diversity in skills and experience fosters innovation, enables us to push boundaries and solve problems that matter.

We're looking for people who turn challenges into opportunities, those who are keen to learn and develop, and intelligent risk takers who are not scared to try new things. If that sounds like you, we have opportunities across the UK and Ireland spanning design, health safety and risk, water, project management, planning and environmental disciplines. 

What to expect

At RPS you’ll be supported by some of the brightest minds in the industry. Here you can build the foundations of your career by developing skills, knowledge and behaviours; building experience and achievements into real expertise.

The Graduate Scheme provides a structured programme of processes, support and training packages. Our training supports the core competencies of technical charterships and we're also an accredited training provider for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

Beyond the programme we offer progression opportunities to the highest level professional qualifications and charterships (master’s Level 7) in both technical disciplines and in leadership & management. We prioritise our people and their progression, and we're committed to supporting you as far as you want to go.

Hear from some of our graduates, sharing their experiences

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Do you have any questions? Read our FAQs below

What position should I apply for?

We are recruiting across our Consulting business and have multiple opportunities across disciplines and locations. Click here to search all graduate opportunities.

Can I make multiple applications?

Please only make one graduate application for the opportunity that is best suited to you. We only accept one application from each candidate per graduate intake, however, you’ll have the option to select multiple locations depending on the opportunities we have available. Please make sure you read the job description attached to each role so you can make sure you have selected the right role for you.

Do I have to meet the minimum requirements?

Before making your application, please ensure you meet the minimum entry requirements by checking the job description.

What skills and talents do RPS look for other than qualifications?

As well as the right qualifications and skillsets, we also look for candidates who demonstrate RPS' values and a passion to improve environments and communities. We look for confident, numerate and analytical team players with first-class communication skills, positive attitudes, and the drive and determination to succeed.

We're always looking for exceptional people in a range of fields across our areas of expertise.

What if I am an international candidate?

We do have the option to offer sponsorship under Skilled Worker Visas. This means we can sponsor candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK but possess a valid Student visa or Graduate Visa. We're also able to support candidates with pre-settled or settled status.

For further advice and guidance, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website

What's the application process for graduate roles?

In brief our application process follows these steps:

  • Search for suitable roles via our careers site
  • Register with a username and password if prompted
  • Upload your CV and covering letter
  • Apply for suitable opportunities
  • You will receive a confirmation email shortly after we receive your application

If your application is successful, our Talent Acquisition Team will contact you to seek further information about your skills and experience. If you meet the requirements for the position, you will be invited to our Assessment Centre which includes an interview. If you are successful, we will offer you a position with us.

Do I have to submit a covering letter?

As part of the selection process, it's mandatory to upload a covering letter as we will not process your application without one. In your covering letter we would like to know why you are interested in RPS, the discipline you are applying for and a little about you.

What's the closing date for Graduate applications?

Our closing date for graduate applications is January 3rd 2023. But please note we may close earlier if we have a very high volume of applications. We recommend submitting your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What do I do if I have experienced a technical issue while submitting my application?

Please contact and let us know if you are experiencing any issues. Please attach any screen shots that may help resolve the issue.

What does an assessment centre involve?

The assessment centre will be an opportunity to spend time with your recruiter and other applicants being considered for the role. This is your chance to show us your best in a series of activities as well as an opportunity for you to learn more about RPS.

As part of the assessment centre, you'll have an interview where you’ll meet some of the team you could be working with. This interview is an opportunity for you to showcase your relevant skills and suitability for the role, but also to ask any questions on how the team work and what to expect in the role day to day.

We’ll let you know as soon as possible if you’ve been successful in securing a position.

When do assessment centres take place?

Assessments centres are likely to take place between February and March 2023, however, some dates may vary depending on the role you've applied for. You'll be kept informed by the Talent Acquisition Team and guidance will be provided throughout the process.

How will I know if my application is progressing?

You'll be able to log in to our candidate portal and review your profile to see your application status. You will also receive email updates regarding your application as it progresses through the selection stages.

What support or adjustments are provided if I have a disability?

Being a Disability Confident committed employer, we provide reasonable adjustments to enable you to demonstrate your full potential throughout our recruitment process. Please let us know as soon as possible about any adjustments you require so that we can put them in place at the right time. Or if you have a specific question relating to disability, please speak to us on to discuss this in confidence.

Hear from some of our leaders

  • Digitisation is at the core of our delivery model – augmented reality allows our clients and their stakeholders to really experience our designs right from project concept stage.

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  • We're a leading planning, environmental and engineering consultancy in Northern Ireland, working on some of the UK and Ireland’s largest projects.

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  • We secure the necessary approvals needed by our clients, to deliver on their visions and aspirations. We work on some of the largest or most complex projects across the residential, commercial, transport, environmental and renewable sectors.

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  • Our environment teams are an integral and vital part of the consenting process, construction and decommissioning stages of projects.

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  • Our team is responsible for the planning, design and project management of some of Ireland’s largest projects across transport, utilities, buildings, environment and renewable energy.

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  • Across cost and project management we challenge and question; always seeking to add value to our client's business case. You will be supported by standout professionals, in an environment where you can share your views and make a difference.

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  • With decades of experience across a diverse project portfolio, we work with clients to manage water efficiently and sustainably.

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Hints and tips

  • Please review all the graduate vacancies and look at the minimum requirements before applying. Take some time to research RPS as an organisation and understand what we do.
  • Tailor the information in your CV and covering letter based on the role you're applying for. This will help showcase your suitability for the role.
  • Please highlight any relevant experience and reference any relevant projects or modules you've previously been involved in.
  • Take your time with your application to ensure your CV and covering letter are up to date. You can always save your application and come back to it later.
  • Finally, check your application for any errors or formatting before submitting. Please do remember to include your covering letter!

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