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Civil/Geotechnical Engineering Apprentice

Employer: Jacobs
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Category: Environmental
Job ID: BI 000DSB 
Your Impact:

At Jacobs we’re all about Challenging Today and Reinventing Tomorrow! Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

At Jacobs, we make the world smarter, more connected and more sustainable. Together, we’re pushing the limits of what’s possible. We stay ahead to create the new standards our future needs.

How about a career that involves an opportunity to study alongside working for a company that is focused on the biggest challenges in the world today.  

The biggest questions spark our curious minds.

At Jacobs, we solve the most important problems, the ones for the real world – making life simpler and more seamless along the way.

We are excited to be looking for a Geotechnical Engineering Apprentice based in Glasgow! You will work towards achieving a BEng (Hons) Degree (SCQF level 10) qualification in Civil Engineering.

 To find out more what it is like to be an apprentice working at Jacobs, click here: 

About the role:

Geotechnical Engineering is the branch of Civil Engineering which focusses on the engineering behaviour of the soils and rocks beneath our feet – Geotechnical Engineering combines Civil Engineering with geology. Most construction projects require Geotechnical Engineering to be undertaken at some point, which means that Geotechnical Engineers play a vital role on a variety of different projects.  Some examples of these projects include highways, railways, tunnelling, bridge foundations and dealing with natural hazards (such as landslides, earthquakes etc.).

Join us and you’ll have the chance to work on world class projects as part of our Tunnelling and Ground Engineering (TGE) team in Glasgow. You will be supported in learning new skills using specialist software, learning design principles and standards and assisting in delivering – and adding value to – our projects. You will be involved in assisting in the development of geotechnical designs, drawings and calculations and supporting construction and ground investigation site works.

You will work towards achieving a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering at the University of Strathclyde on a part time basis, through blended learning (generally 4 days per week of working and 1 day per week of study during term time).

Further information on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course at the University of Strathclyde can be found here.

You will be supported throughout your degree apprenticeship including being assigned a dedicated mentor to help you work towards achieving Incorporated Engineer status with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, our Apprenticeships provide an exciting opportunity to ‘earn whilst you learn’, combining practical training in a full-time job with a qualification designed for the industry.  

The Geotechnical Engineering Apprentice will play a role in providing technical solutions on projects. They will also work with others within the multi-disciplinary team and assist in the production of designs and associated project work. 

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • You should have achieved grade B or above in at least 4 Highers (or equivalent) including Mathematics. Other relevant qualifications will be considered.
  • Consideration will also be given to those who do not currently meet the above minimum grades but who are about to undertake exams which could provide the candidate with the required minimum grades.

Desirable Skills & Characteristics:

  • Strong numeracy skills
  • Confident communication skills both written and verbal
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office packages; particularly Microsoft Excel
  • An interest in computer aided design using AutoCAD
  • A willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • A willingness to embrace new technology in a digital environment

You should be able to demonstrate that you are:

  • A well-mannered and professional individual with a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Proactive in nature who takes pride in ‘getting things done’ to a high standard
  • Able to demonstrate a keen interest in a career in Geotechnical Engineering

The Essentials

Jacobs require innovation, whether that be technology enabled or not, it requires us to use our ‘Essential Skills’ as well as our technical skills and experiences to positively disrupt and innovate.

It will be our CuriosityInnovative thinking and Adaptability that allows us to embrace change, it will be our Empathy and Listening capability that allow us to truly understand our client’s requirements.

As we learn to automate some of the activities it will be these ‘Essentials’ that will allow us to offer competitive advantage over our clients and prepare us for the future. We believe that ‘The Essentials’ are the foundation for all of us, to equip us with not just the human skills that allow us to embrace change and bring world class innovation to our clients but also that allow us to explore and shape diverse and creative career opportunities in Jacobs.

Why Jacobs?

Recognised throughout industry as a benchmark of good practice our Early Careers Programmes offer a structured approach to Continuous Professional Development. You’ll benefit from learning will provide both the technical skills, behavioural competencies and business acumen you require to create your future.

Our Culture:

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs.

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here.

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent.  For greater online accessibility please visit to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role

If you require further support or reasonable adjustments with regards to the recruitment process (for example, you require the application form in a different format), please contact the team.

Your application experience is important to us and we’re keen to adapt to make every interaction even better. We welcome feedback on our recruitment process and if you need more from us before deciding to join Jacobs then please let us know.

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