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Graduate trainee civil engineer

As a graduate civil engineer you have a wealth of opportunities. Becoming a graduate trainee civil engineer or technician for Devon County Council will allow you to embrace these opportunities both at work and in your personal time.

Our graduate training scheme is one of the best in the country and is approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers. It can be tailored to your needs and ambitions and allows you to set the pace at which you develop, helping you become chartered or incorporated as soon as possible. Posts are based in Exeter and Barnstaple

We have almost 100 engineers located throughout Devon and with our reputation for innovation, Devon is where it is at! With 12,800 km of roads, the largest single network in the country, 4,960km of public rights of way and 3,500 bridges, there is plenty for you to get your teeth into!

Our graduate trainee scheme gives you the opportunity to:

  • gain chartered status in as little as 4 years
  • join our ICE approved graduate training scheme
  • have your own delegated engineer
  • enjoy an excellent salary and 23 days leave per year
  • fast track your progression on our new career grade scheme
  • work flexibly with time to enjoy a county with 2 moors and 2 coastlines

To join our graduate programme you’ll need a minimum 2:1 degree in civil engineering or a closely related subject.


You can join us as an apprentice civil engineer whether you’ve just finished your GCSEs or A levels or are looking to further your career by studying at degree level.

Our apprenticeship scheme has won several awards because we focus on developing both the technical and soft skills you need to succeed and be a key member of the team.

Apprenticeships are available at different locations across Devon in both our Engineering Design and Highways and Traffic Teams and can lead onto permanent engineer, technician or officer roles.

For the Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and a minimum grade 5 in maths.

You can also join the programme on a Higher-Level Apprenticeship, if you already have a Level 3 qualification in Civil Engineering (or equivalent) and are able to demonstrate an understanding of engineering issues and show a real aptitude for the role and a passion to learn more. As a Higher-Level Apprentice, you’ll gain a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in civil engineering and a supporting NVQ qualification.

If you’ve already achieved your HNC we’ll support you to gain your Higher National Diploma (HND), foundation degree or bachelor’s degree.

So, whether you’re just starting out or you’re already well on your way, we have a whole breadth of challenges, abundant training opportunities and fantastic rewards to offer. All you need to bring is your ambition.

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