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HE courts graduates to “build network of the future”



Highways England is recruiting a new intake of graduates as it embarks on what it calls an exciting multi-billion investment programme for the country’s strategic road network. 

The government-owned company is offering a range of three-year graduate programmes across the country, designed to give graduates all the skills and experience they need to grow their careers. 


Recruitment for our broad range of apprenticeship programmes will also begin next month. 

Highways England’s graduates and apprentices work across a variety of roles, including project management, cyber security and data analysis.


 “It’s never been a better time to join Highways England as we’ve recently unveiled £27 billion plans to invest in our strategic road network which will help support 64,000 construction jobs,” said Elaine Billington, Highways England’s Executive HR and Organisational Development Director.


“From finance and operations to communications and engineering, we have a variety of graduate and apprentice opportunities available across the country to help build a network for the future and get careers off to a flying start.”


Highways England is pointing to Emma Simpson as an example of the success of the programme. In the space of three years since joining in 2017 has been recruited to an assistant project manager role within the company. 


The 25-year-old has been shortlisted for an Association of Project Management 2020 Award (APM) in its Young Project Professional of the Year category, for her work on many improvement schemes across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire, including leading on a flooding resilience project worth £800,000.


“After leaving university, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at the time, but when I discovered that Highways England’s graduate programme provided opportunities where I could work in different areas, carry on practical training, learn the theory side of things and gain a qualification, it really appealed to me,” former University of Northumbria student Emma, from Doncaster, explained.


“The skills and support I’ve acquired through the scheme have been life-changing and given me the confidence to go through the interview process for the assistant project manager role I’m now in.” 

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