This is a programme for the next generation of aspiring leaders who’ll shape the future of engineering at Thales in the UK. It’s rotational, so you’ll be moving around the country and across different business units and engineering disciplines during your first two years. But we’ll support you every step of the way, because it’s really important that you learn and see as much of our diverse business as possible during your training. It’s what will set you up for success in the later stages of your development journey.
After that, you’ll complete two one-year placements in order to build and consolidate knowledge in your chosen area.
If a rotational programme isn't what you are looking for, please click here for our entry-level engineering positions. For more about us, read here.
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Salary & Benefits
Our engineering graduates are offered a competitive salary, starting at £27,000 depending on the programme. You'll benefit from structured assessments that will inform your performance-related pay review. Additional benefits include:
27 days’ holiday
Overtime (depending on role)
Company pension scheme
Professional registration support for engineers
Flexible working (depending on division)
Flexible benefits scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee volunteering scheme
Annual graduate conference
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
We welcome applications from recent graduates with or without work experience and mature students from all universities. If you have significant work experience, you may be directed down the professional hire route.
We’re after people with a passion for engineering and an inquisitive mind. Team players and collaborators who will make the most of the opportunities available to them. We offer extensive development, a challenging environment and a unique level of exposure to our business. Everything you need to progress your career at a rate that’s right for you.
You will need to be studying or have completed a relevant bachelors degree in a STEM subject. Ambition is important, along with an ability to:
Shape solutions out of complexity
Co-operate and work as a team
Influence key stakeholders
All of our roles require you to undertake security clearance – please check the requirements against the position you are applying to.
Training and Development
SUPPORTING YOU TO SUCCESS
We’re committed to turning raw graduate potential into innovative, effective professionals who can grow our business.
Our Graduate Development Programme comes with on-the-job training and plenty of time and space to explore your skills, find your strengths, and see where you can develop.
Expect excellent training from the brightest minds in our organisation as well as access to unique opportunities and courses that’ll broaden and deepen your expertise.
Throughout the programme, you’ll also have the opportunity to work with fellow graduates on innovation projects, growing new skills whilst building important networks with colleagues and business leaders.
But the journey doesn’t stop there. You’ll also be supported towards professional registration with the help of a mentor and your very own structured technical development plan.
You’ll spend your first four years with Thales under the guidance of the Engineering Leadership team. We’ll structure this time to make sure you develop experience in the full engineering lifecycle and the various engineering disciplines that contribute to it. With help from your mentor you’ll figure out the career path that’s right for you, then spend the rest of your time shadowing and building experience in your chosen area.
WHERE CAN YOU JOIN US?
You’ll find the results of our 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.
First things first. Search our jobs and see if there are any open roles in your chosen field.
Online application form
Online game-based assessment
(for graduate roles only)
Application form - This is your opportunity to tell us a bit about yourself
Online testing - These tests measure whether you are a good fit for the role you’ve applied for and whether you’d be a good fit for Thales.
Telephone interview - This is your opportunity to build on what you told us in your application and demonstrate why you’d be a good fit for the role you’ve applied to.
Assessment Centre - This is where we get to see you in action. It’s your opportunity to find out more about our organisation and learn about our culture and values. You’ll demonstrate your skills in a variety of exercises including an interview and group exercise. Successfully complete the assessment centre stage and you’ll be offered a position at Thales.