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Graduate Scheme FAQ

The graduate programme will commence in September, where you will complete a 3-day induction before joining your team.

A buddy will be assigned to you once you have accepted your offer of employment; these will be our current graduates. They will be on hand to give you advice based on their experiences, such as settling into your location or your first placement, enabling you a smooth transition into the business.

Your placement managers will be your first point of contact during your placement. They will be able to discuss the role in more detail with you.

The Early Careers Team manage the graduate programme and will be on hand for any further support needed throughout your time with us.

As part of our mentoring scheme, you will have the chance to select a mentor that best fits your needs. They will be able to continually support you throughout your journey and your career. We use an online platform called PushFar which matches mentors with mentees in order to create the most beneficial mentoring relationships.

Your graduate peers are also an excellent source of support. Graduates in recent years have enjoyed supporting each other through the scheme and have a positive impact on each other’s progress. Graduates have also enjoyed social events together. With a cohort a year ahead of you in the scheme, they are also a great source of support and advice.

Our graduate programme is a rotational scheme, and placements are set out by the business. Our placements can be based anywhere in the UK, so it is important that our graduates are flexible, as you might be expected to relocate for each placement.

You will be placed in a role that is suitable for your strengths and give you the opportunity to work across different departments of the business.

Yes, absolutely. To apply for one of our graduate schemes you must be either in your final year at university or graduated in the past three years.

All of our graduates are on permanent contracts. This means that when your graduate pathway comes to an end there will be a role for you available in the business.

We offer a competitive base salary of equal to or more than £28,000 for our graduates (pathway variable) which is reviewed on a six-monthly basis. Other benefits include:

  • 24 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • 2 Corporate Social Responsibility days annually
  • Support for relocation
  • Pension scheme (5% employer contribution)
  • Payroll donation option
  • Support in achieving professional achievement / membership (pathway specific)
  • Life cover equivalent to 1 times annual salary
  • Employee discount shopping scheme on major brands and retailers
  • Gym membership discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • Attractive Employee Referral Rewards Scheme
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme and access to mental wellbeing app

Graduates have many opportunities across their scheme for learning and development. These include a development residential, and a 2-day presentation skills training called Dynamic Deliveries.

Graduates also have the opportunity to join our variety of employee led networks (see below). This gives graduates the opportunity to get involved with topics and network with people they feel most passionate about! Hear about the Networks and some of our graduate’s journey in the networks below:

Green Network

With a focus on Climate Change and Environment, the Green Network is a great way for graduates to get involved in Sustainability no matter their position in the business. The network challenges the business to strive for more sustainable practices. Katie Davies, a previous Equans graduate is the current co-chair of the network:

It’s great that you can get involved and make an impact regardless of your role, seniority or background – as a graduate I got stuck in and I helped create the Green Network, and am now proud to be Co-Chair – you just need to want to help! Being involved in the network has helped me develop aspects like presenting, working on policies, and organising events and allowed me to connect with some brilliant people outside of my role. It’s a really important, but massive topic so it’s useful to be part of a network with others to work together and support each other.”

Young Professionals Network

Equans’ Young Professionals Network (YPN) aims to create opportunities for like-minded, ambitious, Equans leaders of the future, by sharing ideas and networking both within the UK and internationally. Eleanor Aslett, a previous Equans graduate is a co-chair of the YPN:

I have always been passionate about DE&I so when the opportunity arose to chair the YPN I jumped at the chance. Chairing the network has given me the chance to develop my leadership skills, build my network, and given me exposure to senior business leaders. I have also been able to connect with inspiring young professionals from across the business, and I have really enjoyed bringing their ideas into what we do as a network!”

Find out more about our full range of employee-led networks here

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