Company: Jacobs
Skills: Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineer
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom

At Jacobs our Apprenticeships provide an exciting opportunity to 'earn whilst you learn', combining practical training in a full-time job with a qualification designed for the industry.

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The Geotechnical Engineering Apprentice will play a role in providing technical solutions on projects. They will also work with others within the multi-disciplinary team and assist in the production of designs and associated project work.

About the role:

Geotechnical Engineering is the branch of Civil Engineering which focusses on the engineering behaviour of the soils and rocks beneath our feet - Geotechnical Engineering combines Civil Engineering with geology. Most construction projects require Geotechnical Engineering to be undertaken at some point, which means that Geotechnical Engineers play a vital role on a variety of different projects. Some examples of these projects include highways, railways, tunnelling, bridge foundations and dealing with natural hazards (such as landslides, earthquakes etc.).

Join us and you'll have the chance to work on world class projects as part of our Tunnelling and Ground Engineering (TGE) team in Glasgow. You will be supported in learning new skills using specialist software, learning design principles and standards and assisting in delivering - and adding value to - our projects. You will be involved in assisting in the development of geotechnical designs, drawings, calculations and opportunities to support construction and ground investigation site works.

You will work towards achieving a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering at the University of Strathclyde on a part time basis, through blended learning (generally 4 days per week of working and 1 day per week of study during term time).

Further information on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course at the University of Strathclyde can be found here:

Upon completion of your Apprenticeship, you will be supported in furthering your career in Geotechnical Engineering with enrolment on the Jacobs' Graduate Programme and also working towards achieving a professional qualification with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).


  • You should have achieved grade B or above in at least 4 Highers (or equivalent) including Mathematics. Other relevant qualifications will be considered.
  • Consideration will also be given to those who do not currently meet the above minimum grades but who are currently about to sit Higher exams (which could provide the candidate with the required minimum grades).

Desirable Skills & Characteristics:
  • Strong numeracy skills
  • Confident communication skills both written and verbal
  • Experience of using Microsoft office packages; particularly Microsoft Excel
  • An interest in computer aided design using AutoCAD
  • A willingness to learn and develop new skills

You should be able to demonstrate that you are:
  • A well-mannered and professional individual with a positive 'can do' attitude
  • Proactive in nature who takes pride in 'getting things done' to a high standard
  • Able to demonstrate a keen interest in a career in Geotechnical Engineering

Why Jacobs?

We clear the way for inventive thinking so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.

Our Culture:

We're invested in you and your success. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees.

We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we're more connected, and if we are diverse, we're more creative.

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As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the team here .

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.