Transport Planning and Consultancy Graduate Scheme

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Shaping tomorrow's journeys 

Are you ready to be part of a world-leading, inspiring and ambitious team? We’re making some exciting changes to our company brands and uniting SNC-Lavalin, Atkins, and Faithful+Gould to become AtkinsRéalis. Aligned to this we’re introducing a brand new look.

This is a journey, and it will take time to evolve, so for early careers you will still see us as Atkins for the time being. Please be reassured that this doesn’t impact any of the roles you apply for – we’re still us, just better.

Atkins, operating under AtkinsRéalis is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design, engineering and project management expertise. With us, you’ll join a team that asks questions and dares to see things differently while engineering a better future for our planet and its people.

Join our Graduate Development Programme where you'll be trusted with complex work and supported by your peers, line managers and senior leaders. We’ll give you everything you need to thrive; from plenty of opportunities in areas you’re interested in, to flexibility for work, life and study – not to mention excellent training and support to develop professionally. Join us: you'll be in great company. 

Reaching your full potential means being able to bring your whole self to work and being respected for the different opinions, strengths and experience you bring. We’re not all the same, and that’s our greatest strength. Find out more about why we believe ‘Different, makes a difference’. 

Your role 

Join us as a Graduate Transport Planner and be part of something big. Our clients include Local Authorities, the Department for Transport, Highways England, and the private sector. You'll work on projects that are shaping a healthier, safer, and smarter future. 

Join Transport Planning and tasks will include forecasting, appraising, gathering & analysing data for modelling studies. You'll also get to know the ins-and-outs of transportation policy, requirements, and best practice. As one of the team, we'll trust you to help our clients make the right decisions to best realise their development goals.

Join Transport Consultancy & Advisory and some of the day-to-day tasks you’ll be involved with will include analysis, market research, report writing and creating presentations. Working on projects that provide advice on business transformation, rail franchising, sponsorship and investment, net zero and rail operations, we’ll empower and develop you with the confidence to be client facing, work on multiple projects simultaneously and solve problems.


Where you could work 


Transport Planning 

Our work is split across four core sub-disciplines:

Economics and Business Case: We assess all kinds of schemes from new highways and railways to bus rapid transit, HS2 and active travel scheme such as Greenways. You’ll help us advise on everything from project costs and benefits to the best options and new ways to unlock investment.  

Strategic Transport & Strategy: We look at everything from policies, infrastructure, public transport services and sustainable travel programmes to funding, governance, and research. Our clients will trust you to provide them with the best strategic advice.  

Transport Modelling: We're the team that brings data and new ideas together. Your role will include modelling transport and people to understand movement and provide our clients with the very best solutions. You'll help us transform the future of transport, using the latest intelligent mobility and mobile phone data to create innovative new transport models. 

Cities and Development Planning: We work as part of a multidisciplinary team on flagship regeneration, site expansion and transport planning development projects. You’ll use your transport and development planning skills to create streetscapes, secure planning approval for developers and deliver sustainable and accessible developments.  

As part of the Graduate Development Programme (GDP) you will gain experience across all four of the sub-disciplines and be encouraged to develop a broad range of skills. 


Transport Planning Requirements - Achieved or on track to achieve a minimum 2.2 Bachelor's or Master's degree in one of the following disciplines:

Civil Engineering, Data Management, Economics, Geography, GIS, Human Factors, Information & data, Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, Town Planning, Transport Economics, Transport Management, Transport Planning, Transport Studies, Urban Planning


Transport Consultancy and Advisory

Our consultancy practice provides a link between Management Consultancy and traditional Engineering Consultancy roles. We specialise in solving the most challenging strategic issues, typically encompassing future business strategies, delivery models, deployment of technology and investment choices across our four specialist teams.  

We provide a whole life offer from initial consultancy services at the feasibility stage through to service delivery. As a trusted partner to our clients, we help them by bringing fresh perspectives and challenging established ideas to ensure that the best solution is identified.  

Our teams: 

Strategic Projects  
The Strategic Projects team brings direction to the most challenging projects in the Transportation Sector. We bring excellence in Project Management and Strategic and Commercial Advisory along with a technical understanding that we utilise to deliver consultancy focusing on project sponsorship, transport scheme development, commercial structuring, procurement and evaluation, bid development and due diligence activities. 

Business Transformation   

Organisations, projects and programmes thrive because of people; their culture and strength of relationships. We support leaders to think differently by re-aligning their strategic priorities, support them in re-organising their businesses and in developing processes to support new operations. We help uncover and then overcome challenges which are hindering success, cultural or organisational. We do this by driving different conversations, exploring opportunities to be better and then enabling them. 

Transport Advisory  

We supports clients in making data-led investment decisions for transport projects. Much of this work has historically been based in the rail industry with high-level strategic thinking backed up by detailed analytical work across a range of disciplines, such as forecasting, fares and timetable analysis. This allows us to support projects from feasibility through to post-opening evaluation using specialists in the Transport Advisory and Rail Operations teams, backed by our team of subject matter experts. 

Net Zero  

We work across all modes of transportation, providing strategic advice and supporting our clients on their pathway to Net Zero. We help our clients understand the scale of the challenge and develop clear baselines. We explore carbon reduction options from our toolkit of measures, identify appropriate routemaps and deliver the identified solutions, drawing on expertise from colleagues in the wider business. We work collaboratively with clients and stakeholders throughout, empowering and enabling them to fulfil their potential. 

Find out more about Transport Consulting and Advisory here


Transport Consultancy and Advisory Requirements - Achieved or on track to achieve a minimum 2.2 Bachelor's or Master's degree in one of the following disciplines:

Analytics, Business Studies, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Data Management, Economics, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Finance, Geography, Human Factors, Information & data, Mathematics, Operational Research, Physics, Politics, Science, Statistics, Systems Engineering, Town Planning, Transport Economics, Transport Management, Transport Planning, Transport Studies, Urban Planning


What you’ll need?

  • A passion for working in a consultancy environment  
  • Embracing equality, diversity and inclusion in everything you do 
  • A desire to work collaboratively with a curious approach, challenging yourself to find new solutions  
  • Enthusiasm and drive to develop your skillset and seek out development opportunities within a supportive team 
  • Motivation to achieve professional accreditation (where applicable)
  • Comfortable to embrace agile ways of working and learning new technologies. 

Training and development

Our graduate programme has been designed to give you an insight into a wide variety of areas of work and the chance to explore where your own skills and interests lie.

Featuring a series of training events and modules, professional development, mentoring and on-the-job experience as well as practical skills development, you’ll work on real projects from day one, that offer scale and variety, collaborating with others and creating meaningful impact on the world around us. You’ll work towards your professional accreditation where applicable; so whichever path you take, your future starts here.

Meeting your needs

As well as ensuring you’re rewarded for your efforts, we also have a variety of initiatives to support you:

  • A settling in payment of £2,500 when you join and a further payment of £2,500 when you achieve chartered status or reach an equivalent stage in your professional development
  • 33 days annual leave, including bank holidays, with the option to buy an additional 15 days or sell up to 5 days 
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Two paid annual volunteer days
  • Join any of our employee networks for social interaction, peer support and personal development
  • Opportunities to further develop yourself by applying to various company-wide development programmes
  • An enhanced maternity scheme and family friendly policies 
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing you with immediate and confidential help for any work, health or life matters 
  • Life #InsideAtkins - join hundreds of talented graduates, with opportunities from skill-building to social events, charity challenges, Young Professional Awards, social clubs, and exciting secondments.

To view all available benefits, visit our Total Rewards portal. 

How do I apply?

Click "Apply" below to start your application.

Do also check out our Connectr platform for tips and advice on applying. You can message your questions directly to one of our graduate mentors.

We’re a Disability Confident Employer, and can make adjustments to support you to perform at your best during the recruitment process. Please contact us confidentially at to find out how we can support you.

We will reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Our programmes are incredibly popular, so apply as soon as possible as roles will close based on volume of applications.

More about us

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy. From designing end-to-end project solutions to pioneering new technologies and ways of working, everything we do supports our goal of delivering outstanding project outcomes for our clients, while engineering a better future for our planet and its people – no matter the scale, complexity or location of their project. Learn more.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. The vetting process is delivered by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) and may require candidates to provide proof of residency in the UK of 5 years or longer. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Atkins are an A rated sponsor, if you have any queries regarding sponsorship, please visit our International Student careers page.

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.


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