Infinite possibilities

At Arup our people are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to transform the world’s infrastructure and built environment.

We offer industry leading apprenticeships across a diverse range of disciplines, which we continue to expand each year. Our apprenticeships provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace, with qualifications designed to support your career ambitions.

We are proud to regularly feature as one of the top UK employers of Apprentices. It’s a testament to our commitment to providing a solid foundation to your development.

Whether you are at school and unsure of your next move, are looking to study a Level 7 Apprenticeship to top up an existing qualification, or simply want a change in career direction, we’re sure to have a role that interests you and complements your natural strengths.

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November Apprenticeship applications open

70 Apprentices recruited annually

Meet our Apprentices

Alexander Buchanan

During my search for an engineering apprenticeship I discovered Arup and the role they had advertised. After diving deeper, I discovered many of their iconic projects all over the world.

Ashleigh Davies

Arup appealed to me because as well as offering to fund a degree they had many different disciplines: mechanical, electrical, acoustics, sustainability and fire, to name just a few. I liked the fact that I would be able to work closely with professionals in these areas and see what interested me and what didn’t.

Tom Keeley

The company cares about you and your development and will give you all the support you need to be successful during and after your apprenticeship.

Taking your career forward with Arup

Our aim to provide fulfilling and rewarding careers demonstrates our commitment to our people. From your first day, you’ll join an unrivaled community of experts in a supportive culture where everyone’s happy to help and genuinely wants to see you succeed.

Apprentice recruitment

Each year we recruit around 70 Apprentices across our UK offices, which span 16 locations. We have a strong network of friendly, experienced Apprentices and Graduates who look forward to helping you settle into your role. They’ve been in your shoes and offer great support and advice to our new joiners, so you’re never alone. From the moment you start, you’ll also have the support of your manager, your mentor and your education provider.

Our Apprentices start in August each year, and once you’ve had some time to settle into your team, you’ll be invited to attend a Welcome Event to meet other Apprentices from across the firm.

Start your application

We open for applications in November, and each vacancy has a clear closing date which you’ll find published on the job description.. You can also sign up for email job alerts so that you’re automatically notified when a new position is advertised.

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To support you through this process we organise regular live chats with our Early Careers Team and recent Apprentices. To find out the next scheduled chat or to receive application advice, please email us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the application process involve?

Our application process consists of the following stages:

  • Online application form
  • Strength based exercise
  • Shortlisting by hiring manager
  • An online assessment centre split into 2 sessions, including a group activity and an interview.

When is your deadline for applications?

You’ll find deadlines for specific roles included in the job description and within the advertisement on our website. We process applications as soon as we receive them and so we strongly advise candidates to submit early applications.

Will accommodation be provided for the apprenticeship, or will I receive financial support to relocate?

Our apprenticeships are full time roles which come with a salary. Just like any other job, you’re expected to choose a location that’s suitable for you, and your salary is provided for you to cover your living costs.

How many application forms can I submit?

You can only complete one application during each recruitment period, so please only apply for the position that suits you best. Additional applications will be regretted.

What is the structure of the Apprentice Assessment Session

You’ll virtually meet the hiring team and recent apprentices, take part in a group activity and an interview. You will also meet with a member of the Early Careers Team to discuss learning, development, rewards and benefits. Assessment centres may vary depending on the role, but you’ll be given more information in your invite.

When will I be expected to start work?

Most of our apprentices start work in August, before attending our Welcome Event in autumn.

If you require an earlier or later start date please let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs, depending on current projects and management requirements.

What do I do if I have a disability or learning difference which may affect my performance during the selection process?

You’ll get the chance to tell us about any disability or learning difference on your application form and before attending the assessment centre. We’ll then make the appropriate arrangements for you. The information gathered during this process is only used to make reasonable adjustments and is not considered in any other context of your application.

What can I expect to do as an apprentice?

As an apprentice, you’ll study at a local college or university on day release, working towards an accredited qualification and combine this experience with workplace learning. Some apprenticeships, for example in HR or finance, take place entirely within the workplace.

Whichever your chosen apprenticeship, you’ll be given a mentor who’ll guide you through your professional and personal development. You’ll also have regular contact with our Learning and Development team.

Will I have to reapply once I finish my apprenticeship?

All our apprenticeships are fulltime permanent positions, there is a 6 months’ probation period which we will ensure you have the skills and support needed to pass.

Which college/university will I be attending as part of my course?

We work with a number of educational institutions across the UK, and we ensure we can select the best possible provider to meet the needs of the role, as well as ensuring the location is in as close proximity to your location as possible. When you will need to travel to attend classes, we will ensure you are given suitable time to do this.

How has Covid-19 effected working at Arup and recruitment?

Due to the pandemic, we have been making some essential changes to our business, such as transitioning to working from home and the introduction of new technology to enable us to support our colleagues and clients as effectively as possible. We have begun the reopening of our offices following guidance set out by the government, and will be looking at a more flexible homeworking pattern for the future. Recruitment will continue but will be organised in a online format to ensure the safety of all, For further information on how we are responding to Covid-19 please click here.