Civil Engineering Apprentice

We are looking for an A level Student who is seeking a career in civil Engineering to take up an Apprenticeship with us, If your application is successful you will get the chance to earn a salary whilst you are studying for nationally recognised qualifications. In collaboration with University of the West of England, you will learn from our experts who have a wide range of knowledge, capability and experience to share with you via a programme designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be a competent Graduate Engineer.

You will be progressively involved in numerous projects within our various teams, working with other engineers in areas such as highways and junction design, traffic assessments and modelling, flood risk assessments, Flood Modelling, foul and surface water drainage design etc.

This will involve:

1. Supporting our on and off-site fieldwork activities which might involve traffic surveys, acoustic surveys etc.
2. Assisting with initial site surveys
3. Understanding lab analysis of soil, rock and materials samples
4. Creating engineering design plans, by hand or with computer aided design (CAD) software
5. You will also be required to undertake any other duties from time to time as and when you are considered as competent by your appointed trainer.

Start date – on or near Monday 1st August 2022

Starting Salary – £15,000.00 per annum (Subject to annual review in line with competency-based pay structure)

Hours of Work – Your normal hours of work are 36.5 hours per week 09.00 – 17.30 – Monday to Thursday and 09.00 – 16.30 every; Friday (flexible working times are negotiable.)

Person specification

• Ability to learn from observing and motivated to use your initiative to get the most from on the job and external training.
• The successful applicant will conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner and express themselves with a friendly demeanour, positive attitude and be self-motivated.

Skills required

• Possess an ability to apply a wide range of taught practical, technical and problem-solving skills to project work.
• Capable of working with and communicating with people at all levels
• A good level of practical, verbal, writing and computer skills.
• To be able to demonstrate these skills and processes as the training period progresses by working independently or with a team, to undertake tasks as instructed and increasing overall contribution to the company.

If you are interested in this role then please contact.

Mark Smyth – Director

Mobile – 07980 688863

Flood Risk & Drainage Associate Director

We have an opportunity for an Associate Director to support an expanding workload in our Flood Risk and Drainage Team. You will be based in Thatcham, with the opportunity to work flexibly from home in the future, as much as needed to achieve best outcomes. The team undertakes a variety of major and challenging infrastructure projects for the private and public sector, across a range of development sectors. We seek to provide integrated flood risk and drainage solutions incorporating state of the art design.

Summary of the broad purpose of the position and its responsibilities/duties:

1. Assist in the Management of the flood risk and drainage team
2. High level of competence across a range of activities such as flood risk solution design, hydraulic modelling and hydrology assessment, environmental assessment and SUDs.
3. Represent the Company at project meetings, public meetings and public inquiries with a high commitment to preparation and professional presentation.
4. Build and maintain good Client relationships to secure and maintain Client confidence and to attract new and repeat business.
5. Actively pursue opportunities to win commissions from new Clients, preparing bids ensuring they reflect client requirements.
6. Required to manage projects and commissions ensuring timely production of outputs, efficient working, cost control and good communications within the Company and with client, other consultants and statutory bodies and thoroughly check all work that has been delegated to others to ensure a high and consistent quality of work.
7. You will be responsible for preparing and checking Reports and Contract Documents, and ensuring all written material is well structured and grammatically correct.
8. Undertake site surveys and investigation and preparation of planning/tender/contract documentation.


Senior Drainage Engineer

We are currently looking for a Senior Drainage Engineer to join our Water and Environmental Team based at our office in Thatcham. You will join a vibrant team and work on major prestigious projects within the Thames Valley and across the South of the UK. We pride ourselves on enabling our employees to advance their careers, whilst giving them the freedom to achieve personal growth and development. We will provide you with the opportunities to enable you to succeed and support you to reach your full potential.

Summary of the broad purpose of the position and its responsibilities/duties:

• Working towards chartered status of either ICE or CIWEM.
• Demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of current technical standards and guidance.
• Able to undertake Flood Risk Assessments and demonstrate a thorough understanding of current assessment techniques.
• Produce technical reports efficiently and accurately.
• Able to demonstrate proficiency with the assessment, design and specification of highway, surface and foul water drainage systems for residential and commercial development proposals.
• Able to demonstrate proficiency with the design and specification of sustainable drainage systems to current design standards.
• Able to demonstrate a proficiency with the design and specification of both adoptable and private sewerage pumping stations.
• Able to contribute towards the preparation and submission of Section 104 and 106 agreements.
• Experience of the preparation and submission of Section 98 and Section 185 applications.
• Have experience of the preparation of evidence for planning appeals and public enquiries.


If you’d like to apply for either of these positions, please send your CV to Tim Wood at


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