FAQ for Graduates


FAQ for Graduates

How do I know whether the location I am interested in is available for the scheme I am applying to?

We have opportunities across our offices in the UK. You will have the opportunity to select which locations you would like to consider at the application stage. The Talent Acquisition team will match your location preferences against your application to the relevant team.

Can I apply for multiple graduate roles?

Yes, only if your application matches the candidate criteria (such as your degree discipline or any relevant work experience) for the schemes you are applying for.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates with a BEng/BA/BSc or MEng/MA/MSc in a subject related to one of our disciplines and have achieved/ be on target for a minimum 2:1 or Merit for your studies respectively.

We really value relevant work experience gained through previous placements, internships and work experience so make sure you tell us about this if you have it.

Do you offer any part-time graduate positions?

At present, we do not have any opportunities for part-time graduate roles.

What does the application process for graduates involve?

All our graduate vacancies can be found here. 

You will need to complete an online application. A member of the Talent Acquisition team will then review your application, and should you be selected to the next stage you will then be invited to undertake an online video interview.

Finally, if you are successful, we will invite you to complete two online aptitude assessments before inviting you to a face-to-face interview or assessment day.

How long is the graduate scheme and what development opportunities are there?

As a graduate at PBA, you will be part of the graduate community. The program typically begins in September and will continue for 2 years. We will provide you with a collaborative and stimulating environment to help develop your capabilities. Throughout the initial 2 years you will attend conferences and workshops whilst receiving mentoring and formal learning. PBA also encourage rotations to other disciplines (where practical).

Who will be supporting me on the graduate scheme?

Your line manager will provide you with your day to day support. In addition, we have a dedicated learning and development team who will support you with your training and personal development.

Does the graduate program differ between Peter Brett Associates and Stantec? Can I apply to both programs?

We envisage that for 2019, both programs will remain separate whilst we undertake our integration activities. Graduates are welcome to apply to both programs via our respective PBA and Stantec careers pages.

Can I work in other offices at PBA?

This is dependent on the business needs and projects. We have previously facilitated inter office moves. We encourage you to be open and honest with your line manager if you have an interest in working in another office.

Will I receive support towards chartership?

An essential element of your Graduate Development Programme is commencing your pathway to professional accreditations and signing up to a Training Agreement. This is the formal route to accreditation and will be expected as part of your on-going development. We have several professional institutions that we recognise and support across the practice.

What is the typical start date for graduate schemes and can I start earlier?

The typical start date for graduate schemes is September. However, specific teams and locations can offer an earlier (and sometimes later) start date which can be discussed at interview or offer stage.

How often are graduate salaries reviewed?

Your salary and a possible promotion will be reviewed after completing the graduate programme.

When will I know whether my application has been successful?

The Talent Acquisition team will review your application upon receipt. We aim to provide updates confirming the status of your application as soon as we can and you will be informed of the outcome either way.

What is the online assessment used for?

We use the online assessment to assess your verbal and numerical reasoning.

Is the online assessment timed and does this contribute to my overall score?

Only if successful at the online assessment will you be able to progress to the next step which will be either a face to face interview or assessment day. The tests are timed and reasonable adjustments can be made if we are informed beforehand.

When will interviews start taking place?

Interviews will start taking place as soon as applications have been screened and reviewed. This will typically occur from January onwards.

What is involved in the interview and how do I prepare?

The interview will be a mixture of general and competency-based questions so you should consider the STAR approach to ensure you answer the questions effectively. We also recommend researching the company and our projects.

Can I claim back travel expenses from my interview?

Yes, depending on where you are travelling from. This will be discussed during your initial telephone conversation.