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Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

The GDP is a three year framework designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress your early career and achieve professional registration (where appropriate). The programme features a series of signature events, core training modules, professional development, mentoring and on-the-job experience.

A supportive environment

With support from your line manager, you’ll be responsible for driving your own development as you gain experience through work and formal training. You’ll also be able to draw on Graduate Representatives in each business, a Graduate Advisor within the Learning & Development team, and your thriving Graduate Community. There are also a number of institution-specific chartership schemes which will guide you towards achieving professional status.

Watch this video to hear all about the GDP directly from our grads, and to see what makes it so important to SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business:


What’s included in our three-year programme?

  • Two-day’s induction event with your fellow graduates (usually in September), and further day events throughout the programme.
  • Workshops and formal training in essential skills such as project management, client engagement and report-writing.
  • Ongoing encouragement and development support through internal placements.
  • On-the-job experience working on real projects for a range of clients.
  • Profession-specific schemes to help you gain chartership status as an engineer, scientist, environmentalist, surveyor, etc.
  • Mentoring and Buddy programmes to help you identify and reach your goals.
  • End of programme event, professional review and a 6 to 12 month career plan.
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