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Non-cognate graduate programmes

Build the skills you've developed during your degree into a meaningful, professional career. Our Project & Programme Services “non cognate” graduate pathways allow graduates in unrelated degree subjects to gain the knowledge and experience required to achieve full professional Chartered status.

The roles are open to all disciplines and people from all backgrounds, giving you an equal opportunity to develop your career as a Project Manager, Building Surveyor or Quantity Surveyor

Better still, in our Project & Programme Services business, we will fully pay for your Masters conversion course and APC for Chartership – as well as scheduling time away from your desk for the structured training, events, personal development and mentoring you’ll need as you work towards qualifying.

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Who are Project & Programme Services?

We deliver project and programme management consultancy across the world. We build strong relationships by understanding the challenges our clients face, sharing their vision and helping them transform potential into reality.

You could work on large prestigious infrastructure projects with clients including TfL, Gatwick Airport and Thames Water, or focus on public building projects ranging from a primary school extension to a medieval fortress.

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What will I be doing?

You'll be supported and trusted to drive your own success and can choose the pathway which best suits your learning style - alongside the substantial experience, skills and confidence you’ll be developing in your day to day job.

Most of our non cognate graduates say that variety is one of the most appealing aspects of their roles. It really is true to say that no two days are the same! We operate a flexible, hybrid way of working – most people choose to work a number of days in the office per week, and organise site visits and days working from home around that. You are able to choose which pattern suits you and your learning style best.

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How will you support me?

MSc – this is a self-directed study, with the added benefit of being surrounded by experts in the field so you’ll never have to look far for support or guidance.

APC - We will pay for your RICS registration and yearly professional fees. We offer a national APC structured training programme, supported by APC supervisors and counsellors, with regular CPD workshops and a comprehensive final assessment training programme.

What pathways can I follow?

1. Masters conversion course (AKA an RICS accredited MSc in Building Surveying/Quantity Surveying or Project Management). Duration 2-2.5 years

You will then follow the APC24 (2 year) route – which requires 2 years of structured training. (1 year must be post-graduation)

Total time to complete MSc and APC = 3 - 3.5 years minimum

2. APC Preliminary Review route

You can start this pathway if you have 5+ years' work experience and ANY undergraduate degree.

No conversion MSC is required - but it will take you 5 years to complete if you have no relevant industry work experience.

"Our pass rate for both APC sessions in 2022 (June and November) was 100%. Our graduates achieved this through a structured and nationwide APC training programme, supported by APC supervisors and counsellors, with regular CPD workshops and a comprehensive final assessment training programme. We also pay for your RICS registration and annual professional fees - it really helps!"

- Emma Hazell, National APC Programme Lead

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What is life at Project & Programme Services like?

We’re a diverse business, full of people who want to make a positive difference to the communities in which we live and operate.

It means we’re a really nice, friendly, approachable bunch. You’ll be joining a large community of graduates who socialise, support and inspire each other; and a leadership team which wants to include and energise you all. After all, our graduates, placement students and apprentices are the next generation of our workforce – and our Project & Programme Services business is committed to ensuring you have the best opportunity to fulfil your potential.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

Next steps and to apply:

Visit either page for specific scheme information and to apply:

Surveying Graduate Scheme job in Nationwide | AtkinsRéalis Early Careers

Project Management Graduate Scheme job in Nationwide | AtkinsRéalis Early Careers

When making an application, please note: as you complete your registration when selecting this business area please select ‘Faithful+Gould’ in the business drop-down box. This was the previous name for our Project & Programme Services team. (Our application system will soon be updated in-line with the new name as well!)