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Economic Planning Industrial Placement - Consulting

Job Details

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  • Job Type:
    Industrial Placements, Internships
  • Closing Date:
    21 January 2022
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Interested In This Role?

We are unable to offer Skilled Worker Visa sponsorship for this role. Therefore, you must ensure that you are eligible to work in the UK without our sponsorship in order for your application to be considered.  

Please be aware that we can only accept one application during each recruitment period, so please only apply for the position that suits you best. If you decide to apply for a different role, please withdraw your first application before submitting the new one.  


Launch your career with Arup:   

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today's built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world. 

At Arup, we design and deliver groundbreaking icons through our work in infrastructure, building design and specialist technical services. Independent in ownership and spirit, we're a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world. Our town planners advise the private, public and third sectors to guide each stage of the development process. With long-standing experience in the planning and economic development sector, we offer our clients a broad spectrum of consulting services including, but not limited to, the following:  

  • Strategic advice on policy, place and development  
  • Planning applications and related advice  
  • Regeneration strategies and policies  
  • Consultation and stakeholder engagement  
  • Research and analysis  
  • Planning and related policy and supporting documents  
  • Critical friend support and training  
  • Contributions to intellectual debate on emerging issues  
  • Business case advice for major regeneration programmes  

We also specialise in producing sustainable policy, plans, frameworks and masterplans that, in turn, give us the insight to guide projects that are in sympathy with visions for local or regional development. Our planning, policy and economic experts work collaboratively with specialists from a wide range of backgrounds, including environmental, design, energy, sustainability, legal, costing, engineering and infrastructure and transactions to ensure that our advice is pragmatic and delivers value. Many of our projects are boundary pushing and nationally significant.  


What is the role?   

We are currently looking to recruit an Industrial Placement Student to join our established team of Consultants in the North region. Primarily based in Newcastle, with collaboration between offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast, you will work within a wider team to deliver an effective and professional service to a wide range of clients including Airport's, renewables energy providers and public sector clients. Projects can vary in duration and location which helps to provide a diverse working environment. Due to the nature of our work you will have the opportunity to gain a broad range of skills, and will develop over the course of your time with us as you gain increased responsibility. Both commercial and technical training is available and encouraged as you gain more experience. You will be encouraged to work towards a professional qualification to support your on-going career development.  

We're looking for students who have completed their undergraduate studies in Town or Urban Planning or a relevant discipline and are looking to take an Industrial Placement as part of their Post-graduate studies. We are seeking for a person with curiosity, personal drive and technical knowhow. If you can combine these skills with an understanding of (or willingness to learn about) the industry and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we'd like to hear from you.  


Undergraduate degree in subjects relating to Town, Spatial, Urban or Regional Planning, Economics, Geography, Urban Policy, Public Policy and Regeneration with achieved results of 2:1 or higher  


Have an appreciation and understanding of the practical aspects of some or all of the following:  

  • An understanding of the relationship between planning, environment, design, infrastructure and sustainability is desirable  
  • Social value  
  • Community engagement, consultation techniques and approaches  
  • place making/urban policy and strategy  
  • town/urban planning  
  • public policy formulation and/or  
  • local economic development and/or socio-economic assessment  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong numeracy and analytical skills  
  • Detail conscious and accurate with the ability to understand and respond to the needs of clients  
  • Strong team working skills   


  • Be planned and organised in your approach to work and meeting deadlines  
  • Enthusiasm for a career in planning, regeneration or economic development, underpinned through a knowledge and understanding of our sector and work  
  • Demonstrate a creative approach to problem solving  
  • The aptitude to work on your own initiative and be proactive  
  • Be willing to learn and develop as opportunities present themselves  
  • Be flexible to the needs of the business, and changes to project plans  
  • Be dedicated to the delivery of projects, and the development of the team and business as a whole  

To be eligible, you must be studying a degree course that allows you to complete an industrial placement programme. 

Arup Industrial placement opportunities typically run for 11-12 months. You must be available to start on the opportunity during Summer 2022 and commit to completing the programme in full.  


What we offer you:   

Beyond a great salary and stimulating, technically challenging work, Arup offers a range of additional benefits to its people.  

You'll have access to lots of learning opportunities including a structured induction and ongoing training through Arup university.  

Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to utilise your technical expertise to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in the communities in which we live and work through Arup's community engagement programme.  


Next steps:  

Complete the application form, attaching any required documents. We'll be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in advance of the application deadline. Interviews for most Industrial Placement opportunities will commence from early February.  


Different people, shared values:

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks - BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women - provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference - discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best throughout your application.

At Arup, we appreciate that everyone's circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply, and we will discuss how this could work in your role.


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