Graduate recruitment

Why choose the JBA graduate scheme?

Fresh talent brings immense value to our business. We love welcoming new Graduates into the JBA family and, in addition to advertising specific graduate-level posts throughout the year, we have a dedicated annual graduate recruitment drive. This year (2022) you can apply between 26 September and 30 October. If you are successful, you will join our Graduate Scheme as a new entrant in 2023.

As a Graduate on our Scheme you will follow a supported two year development programme focussed around a core set of competencies that will help you develop the knowhow and confidence to succeed in JBA. The Scheme also gives you opportunity to tailor your experience to one (or sometimes more!) of five technical pathways. Whichever pathway you pick, you’ll have plenty of training options as well as being guided on the job by our many in-house industry experts. In no time at all you’ll be putting your new found skills and knowledge to good use and getting involved in some of our most exciting projects.

View the full range of benefits you’ll enjoy as part of the JBA graduate scheme in the video opposite.

We’re proud to boast a diverse and welcoming working environment which encourages different ideas, perspectives, and styles of thinking. Graduates able to demonstrate that they grasp opportunities, are keen to learn and adapt, and are not afraid to try new things are best placed to thrive in JBA.

To apply for our graduate development scheme you will need:

  • A recent degree in a subject relevant to the pathway applied for
  • Good grades in relevant subjects at A-Level or equivalent
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • A right to work in the UK (Our Graduate Scheme is heavily subscribed and so it is not our policy to provide sponsorship to convert to/apply for a Skilled Worker Visa or Graduate Visas for applicants for graduate positions.)

It would be advantageous to your application if you have:

  • A second degree (such as an MSc or MEng) in a subject relevant to the pathway applied for
  • Relevant work or voluntary experience
  • Specific requirements for individual pathways are detailed below.

Which graduate pathway is right for you?

Our graduate pathways present the perfect opportunity to make the most of your knowledge and experience. You’ll find more information about the roles, responsibilities, requirements, and key skills for the pathways below. However, if you think your skills and/or qualifications fit within more than one pathway don’t worry, just make your interests clear on your application form.

Data science and informatics

Much of the work we do in is reliant on handling, manipulating and interrogating data, which is why we’re excited to be introducing our new data science and informatics pathway. If you have experience or an aptitude for exploring and analysing complex datasets, and enjoy solving problems using a combination of mathematical, statistical and computing skills, this is the perfect pathway.

To be considered for a place on our data science and informatics pathway you should have:

  • Good grades at A-Level or equivalent in one or more of the following subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Computing
  • A degree in a relevant discipline, e.g. Computer Science, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Maths, Geography or the Sciences
  • Core knowledge in data analysis languages (e.g. R, VBA, Python)
  • Previous experience (and confidence) in data analysis and dealing with large volume datasets, and a demonstrable ability to communicate and critically comment on data analysis results

A higher degree in a relevant discipline may be advantageous to your application.

Apply for our Data Science and Informatics pathway here.

Water management and geoscience

Supporting our work in flood risk management, tidal and coastal risk management and water resource management, this pathway gives you the opportunity to play a role in addressing the biggest issues in climatic and geological resilience. You’ll learn data collection, management and verification and analysis skills, techniques for hydrological, hydrogeological, hydraulic, coastal and water quality modelling and the strategic policy and law that influences how these techniques are used.

To be considered for a place on our Water Management and Geoscience pathway you will have:

  • Good grades at A-Level/Leaving Certificate in one or more of the following subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths.
  • A Batchelors degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Environmental Science, Meteorology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Climate Science or Maths.
  • Technical knowledge/interest in hydrology, hydrogeology, water quality/resources, coastal risk, climate adaptation and the water environment including the use and/or development of numerical or conceptual models.
  • Motivation to work on climate adaptation, flood and coastal risk management and water management projects.
  • Previous experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcView or QGIS.

It would be advantageous to your application if you have:

  • A higher degree in a relevant discipline (e.g.an MSc or MRes in Water Resources Management, Applied Mathematical Sciences, Engineering Hydrology, Planning and Development),
  • Some programming experience (skills in Python and/or the R statistical package) and/or an interest and aptitude in developing these skills

Apply for our Water Management and Geoscience pathway here.

Environmental management and sustainability

Environmental management, sustainability and resilience is a critical area for JBA. This pathway is for you if wish to develop or build upon existing knowledge and skills in carbon management, environmental and ecological economics, land-use management, ecological survey, environmental impact assessments, landscape, environmental planning, and stakeholder engagement.

To be considered for a place on our Environmental Management and Sustainability pathway you will have:

  • A Batchelors degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Carbon Management, Environmental Change and Management, Economics, Sustainability, Geography, Ecology or Climate Change, Climate Sciences, Spatial Planning, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Intelligence etc.
  • Previous work or academic experience with transferable skills.
  • Passion and motivation to act to adapt and build resilience.
  • Previous experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcView or QGIS

A higher degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Carbon Management, Green Economy, Landscape Architecture, Ecological Economics, Climate Change or Environmental Impact Assessment) would be advantageous to your application.

Apply for our Environmental Management and Sustainability pathway here.

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Engineering

If you have a background in civil, structural, geotechnical, coastal, mechanical, or electrical engineering, our engineering pathway could be the perfect fit. By joining the team you’ll build practical experience by working across the flood risk management, rail, coastal, highways and bridges, and development sectors, whilst being mentored every step of the way.

To be considered for a place on our Engineering pathway you should have:

  • Good grades at A-Level in one or more of the following subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths.
  • A degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Civil or structural Engineering, Engineering Geology or Environmental Engineering.
  • An ability to complete engineering design calculations and produce concise reports, specifications and engineering drawings.
  • Confidence and willingness to carry out surveys and site visits.

A higher degree in an engineering or water related discipline may be advantageous to your application.

We cover all the Engineering professional institutions and can mentor you through your early career years to professional qualification. We run a Company Accredited Training Scheme in conjunction with the ICE.

Apply for our Engineering pathway here.

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Software and systems development

Our software/systems development pathway provides an opportunity to gain experience in the application of the software development life cycle, whilst also being exposed to multiple software languages and database technologies. You’ll also learn about advanced data and GIS analysis, high performance processing (distributed CPU and GPU) and system and architecture design through working on a variety of consultancy and research projects.

To be considered for a place on this pathway you need to meet (or aspire to) the following requirements:

  • Good grades at A-Level in one or more of the following subjects: Maths, Science, Technology or Engineering.
  • A degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Computer Science, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Maths, Geography or the Sciences.
  • Core knowledge in modern programming languages (.NET, C, Python, JAVA) and RDMS (ideally Microsoft SQL Server and/or PostgreSQL).
  • Ability to work using agile principles and methodologies.
  • Previous experience using source control and process management (Azure DevOps, Github).
  • Technical skills in HTML5, JavaScript and frameworks (Angular, ReactJS), Sass and CSS, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcMap and QGIS, Cloud technologies (AWS, Azure).
  • Knowledge/interest in being part of a multi-disciplinary team and motivated to work on projects related to the natural and built environment.

A higher degree may be advantageous to your application.

Apply for our Software, Systems and Development pathway here.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact our Careers Team.

Email careers@jbagroup.co.uk
+44 (0)1937 837900