Graduates, Undergraduates and School leavers


Sponsored Degree Programme

Sponsored Degree Programme

HOP offers an established development programme, taking on the very best school leavers and mature students to begin their career in Civil & Structural Engineering.

We offer successful candidates sponsorship to attend University via day release, to achieve a HNC/BEng/BSc in Civil Engineering and then onto Chartered Engineer Status.

Why should you apply?

If you are passionate about beginning your career in Engineering and are considering an alternative to studying at University fulltime, then this is the ideal position for you. By combining formal study with practical experience, successful applicants will begin to develop well rounded skills and knowledge of the industry.

“After GCSEs and A Levels I was keen to get out of full time study for a bit, but also wanted to focus on working towards a career. The training program has been perfect in combining real work with university education.

Everyone here is always happy to help with any questions you might have, and it is brilliant learning from their experience. It’s great being able to apply what I learn at Uni into work the very next day!”

Meredith, HOP Trainee

What we provide:

  • Sponsorship through University
  • Training to ensure you are highly proficient in AutoCAD and Revit and producing detailed and accurate drawings for projects of various sizes
  • Membership to ICE/IStructE
  • Opportunity to work on projects from small residential dwellings to large commercial structures
  • Access to an extensive Technical Library to assist with studies
  • Up to 12 ‘Privilege’ Fridays off each year (in addition to annual and bank holidays)
  • Permanent position as a HOP employee

Graduate Scheme

Graduate Scheme

HOP offers an established Graduate Programme. We work alongside local Universities to ensure our Graduate positions give the ideal foundation for a career in Civil/Structural Engineering. Based in Brighton we are involved in highly varied projects from domestic dwellings to Multi storey tower blocks, from Football Stadiums to Piers and Marinas, from Schools to Universities, Shops to Warehouses.

HOP provides a great deal of high quality training and has a policy of developing from within. Staff can expect to get involved in all aspects of projects from start to finish. We are always on the lookout for the right people with potential to grow with us.

Work Experience

Work Experience

HOP has a passion for Engineering that extends outside the office environment. For many years now we have built an established and effective work experience scheme, taking on 30-50 work experience students each year. We have strong links with schools and colleges in the area, where we support the budding new talent that will potentially find themselves within the Engineering Industry.

Through working in different teams throughout the week, the students get to experience working in all 3 disciplines that we offer. We have received some excellent feedback from students who have really thrived with our support.

‘Makes me want to be an engineer even more now’

‘I particularly enjoyed working with CAD and found everyone to be kind, friendly and accepting throughout’.

‘The experience at HOP was indescribable, but I will say this; that week at HOP made me take two very important decisions for my life. The first, I wanted to become a civil engineer and the second, I wanted to begin my career working at HOP.

After college and my degree in civil engineering I decided to see if HOP still gave me the same will to work. The outcome; here I am 10 years from my first work experience at HOP, I am a full time permanent employee who looks forward to every Monday morning.’

Abanoub, HOP Graduate Engineer