The Engineering Graduate Development Programme runs parallel to your engineering role and is accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The Royal Aeronautical Society, The Institute of Physics, and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. We’ll pay your annual membership fees for a relevant engineering institution.
We recruit for a wide range of engineering roles in specific UK locations, so we’d like to hear from you whatever engineering, technology or scientific discipline you are from. You could join us in Systems, Software, Hardware, Electronics, Test, Mechanical, Quality, Research & Development, Manufacturing, Finance, Business Management, Acoustics or Information Security.
The Engineering Graduate Development Programme forms the backbone of your professional development and will be supplemented by a structured training plan. Over two years, you’ll attend training courses, mainly at Thales sites in the UK and learn on the job under the guidance of senior colleagues. You’ll also be set challenges that you’ll complete as part of a team with graduates on other sites, giving you and your peers the chance to innovate for the organisation and put your learning into practice.
Our starting salaries are extremely competitive. They vary between £25,500 and £27,000 dependent on programme and you'll benefit from structured assessments that will inform your performance-related pay review. In addition, you can also look forward to a host of rewards, including:
27 days’ holiday
Overtime (depending on role)
Company pension scheme
Support to professional registration for engineers
Industry recognised accreditations
Flexible working (depending on division)
Flexible benefits scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee volunteering scheme
Annual graduate conference
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We are committed to refining raw graduate potential into the innovative, effective professionals who will grow our business.
Our Graduate Development Programme, in conjunction with on-the-job training, is intended to transform your talents. The main training elements will be interactive and experiential, allowing you time and space to explore the areas in which you excel and those you need to develop.
Not only will you be provided with excellent training from the brightest minds in our organisation, you’ll have access to further technical and professional learning opportunities and courses to broaden and deepen your expertise.
Throughout the programme, you’ll also have the opportunity to work with fellow graduates on innovation projects, enabling you to develop new skills whilst building important networks with fellow graduates and business leaders.
As a Graduate Engineer, in addition to following the accredited graduate development programme you’ll be supported towards Professional Registration with the help of your mentor and your structured technical development plan.
Over the course of the programme, you’ll cover a lot of ground and be given progressively more complex tasks and responsibility – but you’ll have plenty of support.
You’ll be given a buddy – a recent graduate – as part of your onboarding process who will show you the ropes and help you settle in. You’ll also have a personal mentor and guidance from your local HR team and the Emerging Talent Experts.
Role-specific training will be arranged by local HR departments and your line manager. Our own corporate university also runs courses and you’ll have access to a range of e-learning modules too.
We do a great deal of work in the community to encourage young people to follow Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers, and you’ll be encouraged to get involved too.
You could also run to be elected by your peers for the Graduate Development Programme Representative Committee, which meets regularly to identify common themes for recognition and improvement and present these to the Emerging Talent Team and senior programme sponsors.
You’ll find the results of our profoundly pioneering work everywhere you turn, but it’s all carried out in carefully selected locations across the UK – each with its own unique attractions. See where you can start your Thales career.
Our Glasgow site employs around 600 people, including a large number of graduates. There is an on-site subsidised cafeteria and a lively social scene that involves anything from cocktail-making classes to football tournaments – not forgetting the annual Christmas party, which is an event you cannot afford to miss. Transport links are excellent too. There are regular bus services and train and Subway stations are just a short walk from our offices. Hyndland and Partick are particularly popular residential areas among our graduates, although the Glasgow office is within easy commute from much further afield.
Thales Belfast is the base of some of our most high-tech and exciting defence programmes. The site has its own canteen and refreshment facilities, plus several breakout rooms. There’s also a local gym where many of our 420-plus employees receive discounts.
Our Society Working group is where employees arrange charity events, football competitions and even bun sales to support local community activities. Plus, we match all fundraising profits up to £250. We have close links to Senitus, the local STEM charity, and employees have been involved in judging ‘The Big Bang Northern Ireland’ awards too. Union membership is also available to all permanent employees and offers great benefits.
Many of our team choose to live in the university area of the city, which includes the Titanic Quarter, Ravenhill or Ormeau. The main railway station is a 30-minute walk away and our site offers free parking as well as being close to the city’s airport and well-serviced bus routes.
Located in Stockport, Greater Manchester, Cheadle Heath is home to our Underwater Systems and Transportation Systems business areas. Approximately 480 people are based here and the site has a restaurant that serves both hot and cold food, plus a shop that provides everything from snacks and refreshments to basic medicines and greeting cards. There is also a drop off/pick up point for dry cleaning.
Employees at Cheadle Heath can join Dolphin clubs. Membership of these clubs entitles them to rent books and they receive discounts on various activities including theme park visits and theatre trips. Five-a-side football is a regular fixture and, if you fancy seeking out the bright lights of Manchester, you won’t go short of company.
The site is close to the M60, M56 and M6 with Cheadle station 1.5 miles away and Stockport station 2.5 miles away. The towns of Bramall, Stockport, Didsbury, Withrington and Chorlton are all within commuting distance.
Quadrant House in London is the headquarters of Thales Transportation Services. It is situated close to St Katherine’s Dock and London Bridge, and all the attractions of Central London are right on our doorstep. There is a gym next door and a multitude of shops, pubs and restaurants in the immediate area – not to mention museums, theatres and the Tower of London. We also have our own social committee that organises regular activities from curry nights to beer festival trips for our 360 employees.
We’re a 10-minute walk from Tower Hill tube station and the mainline stations of London Bridge and Fenchurch Street are also close by. Our accessibility means Home Counties such as Kent, Surrey and Essex are easily commutable.
Cambridge is the location of Thales e-Security. The site has refreshment facilities and its own kitchen, while there are numerous restaurants and shops nearby. Cambridge University Botanic Garden and the Cambridge Lakes Golf Course are also a stone’s throw away. Thales Cambridge has its own football team and site band and we hold a number of informal social events such as whisky tasting evenings.
Many of our 125 employees opt to live in central Cambridge, others in surrounding areas such as Trumpington, Royston, Cherry Hinton or Chesterson. Cambridge railway station is just a two-minute walk away and trains run directly to London. The site is served by several bus routes, there is a nearby park-and-ride facility and Cambridge airport is also close-by.
Long Crendon is home to our e-Security business and we have just over 80 employees based here. Oxford, Thame, Milton Keynes, Bicester and Aylesbury are all easily commutable via local busses and trains from nearby Haddenham & Thame Parkway.
The Green Park business campus in Reading is our newest site and home to 600 employees. This world-class workspace is a smart working office enabling collaboration with customers, partners and suppliers showcasing innovation fuelled by an extensive research capability.
Green Park is the Thales UK’s centre of excellence for secure radio communications, network and infrastructure systems, protection systems, cyber security consultancy and it will also house the Group’s UK high-tech research facilities, as well as acting as the UK corporate headquarters.
There is a restaurant on site, excellent facilities for conferences and a lively social and sporting scene. Five-a-side football, netball, climbing, squash and badminton are all popular, as are theatre trips and other social events.
Regular buses run between the office and Reading town centre. The suburbs of Earley, Caversham and Tilehurst are all within cycling distance and are also accessible by public transport.
Thales’s Bristol office is a small but strategic site. The site caters for more than 270 employees, has its own kitchen and refreshment facilities and is close to Bristol City centre and the University of the West of England. In addition to being historically significant for engineering – Isambard Kingdom Brunel carried out a lot of his work here – Bristol is a hub of culture, arts and leisure activities.
As a university town, rooms are fairly easy to find in the area and commuting is relatively easy to surrounding towns too. Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbeywood railway stations are less than a mile away and both are well-served by cycle routes and buses – on which Thales employees receive discount.
Crawley is located on Manor Royal, employing nearly 1,900 people. On site, there is a canteen serving a variety of hot and cold foods and discounted Costa coffee shops to help you get your caffeine fix. This site has its own gym run by Nuffield Health. There is also a dry-cleaning service on site.
We have a high proportion of graduates and a thriving social scene thanks to societies catering for a diverse range of interests and the Crawley Leisure Club, which organises regular events.
The site is readily accessible from local towns and commuting by car takes 40 minutes from Brighton, 30 minutes from Croydon and 20 minutes from Horsham and Redhill. Three bus routes serve the site and a 15% discount is available to Thales staff on Metrobus monthly tickets. Gatwick Airport is also close by.
Templecombe is located in the beautiful Somerset countryside. The site has almost 700 employees, its own canteen and refreshment facilities, and is close to a gym and a mix of shops. We have our own sports and social club that organises football matches and other informal activities. Charity events are often held to support local schools too.
The surrounding towns include Sherbourne, Wincanton and Gillingham. Yeovil, Bristol, Bath and Salisbury are further afield but within commuting distance and Templecombe railway station is five minutes’ walk away and services run directly to Yeovil. Coastal towns such as Bournemouth and Poole are also an option for those who like to take in the sea air.
Located in the heart of Birmingham city centre, our Transportation division employs approximately 35 people, including engineers and commercial support staff specialising in telecommunication system design, passenger information system design and electrical design.
The site has an active extracurricular calendar with regular social events, and monthly lunch and learn sessions. And who could turn down the annual Thales Birmingham Formula One trip, which this year is to the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
First things first, search our jobs and see if there are any open roles in your chosen field. If you'd love to join Thales but don't know where you could fit in, try using our matching tool.
We have a continuous application window so we will screen every application as it arrives and fill the available roles as quickly as possible.
Online application form
This is your opportunity to stand out from the crowd by telling us why you want to work for Thales. Make sure you complete the application form as comprehensively as possible in order to progress to the next stage.
Online aptitude and strength tests
You’ll need to complete online aptitude and strengths based tests as part of the application process. These are aimed at measuring your critical reasoning ability and your potential work strengths, enabling us to see whether you might be a good fit for Thales.
This is where we get to see you in action and you can find out more about our organisation. You’ll undertake a variety of activities to put you through your paces, including a group exercise, presentation and interview. Preparation is key so ensure that you have researched our organisation and the role that you have chosen to apply for.
If you successfully complete the assessment centre, you’ll be offered a position at Thales. We’ll let you know all the details of the role and will start the onboarding process in order to prepare you for your future career.
Hints & Tips
- THE APPLICATION FORM IS YOUR CHANCE TO SHINE AND STAND OUT FROM THE REST. MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE ALL SECTIONS OF YOUR APPLICATION FORM AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AS PASSIONATELY AS POSSIBLE.
- HAVE A GO AT PRACTISING THE ONLINE APTITUDE TESTS – PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
- BEFORE ATTENDING ONE OF OUR ASSESSMENT CENTRES, MAKE SURE YOU RESEARCH OUR ORGANISATION AND THE ROLE YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
- PLAN AND ORGANISE YOUR TIME – WHETHER PLANNING HOW TO GET TO US, OR HOW LONG TO SPEND COMPLETING TIME-LIMITED EXERCISES.
- BECOME FAMILIAR WITH OUR COMPETENCIES AND COMPANY CULTURE BY LOOKING AT OUR WEBSITE AND CONNECTING WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
- ASK QUESTIONS AND SHOW YOU’RE KEEN. YOU’LL GAIN A BETTER IDEA ABOUT OUR BUSINESS AND SEE IF WE’RE A GOOD FIT FOR YOU.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL, BE CONFIDENT AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE.