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  • Engineering

    Future Leaders Programme

    Future Leaders Engineering

    Build an engineering career like no other

    Engineering is the lifeblood of Heathrow. Our engineering teams work across the airport on a huge range of state of the art development, construction and maintenance projects. Together, they are responsible for £14bn worth of assets, including 4 million square metres of airfield pavements, 180km of roads, 33 surface car parks, 50 tunnels and 31 bridges, not to mention the largest private water distribution system in Europe.

    Join us, as one of our graduate engineers, as we develop our assets for a growing airport, to make them more efficient, intelligent and creative than ever before. Where would you like to start?

    Two-year scheme

    This is a two-year professional development programme, which prepares you for management roles within engineering and asset management. You will gain a breadth of exposure to our work, including:

    • Airside and landside operations
    • Water management
    • Power generation
    • Terminal operations
    • Rail
    • Asset Management

    You will join us on significant projects and learn from our expert engineers, on a personalised programme that will take into account your dreams, passions and skills.

    Your professional development

    You will embark on a comprehensive and defined training route, while receiving one-to-one coaching from mentors and sponsors, will build up your knowledge, experience and the leadership skills needed to succeed as a future leader at Heathrow. Our expectation is that you will go on to achieve Chartered Engineer status with us and, ideally, take a fast-track route into a managerial role. What do you dream of achieving?

    What we’re looking for

    To make it onto this programme, you need a real passion for engineering as well as an engineering degree in an electrical/electronics, civil or mechanical discipline at a minimum of a 2:2 classification. Excellent interpersonal skills are meaningful in all aspects of building your career. Above all, it’s important that you have a real drive to develop and improve, and the desire to continue learning about different areas of our business throughout the two-year programme and beyond.

    As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals. We believe that diverse talent makes us stronger – not least because we welcome passengers from all corners of the globe, every single day. At Heathrow we’re an accessible place to work, driven by inclusivity and celebrating individuality. For more information, please visit our diversity & inclusion page.


    Our applications opened on Thursday 10th October.

    Our applications closed on Monday 18th November.

    It begins with an online application, including the opportunity to explore your responses to scenarios which you may come across at Heathrow.

    The next step will allow you to demonstrate your numerical, verbal and abstract abilities through a game-based mobile application.

    We will conduct a video interview to further explore your behaviours, building upon your online application.

    A telephone coaching interview will be the penultimate step in the process, giving you a chance to discuss your experiences so far, explore the role in more detail and consider how to prepare for an assessment centre.

    Finally, you will attend an assessment centre based at Heathrow, which will involve a range of activities to explore your strengths and behaviours.

    We assess candidates at each stage, and invite those who are successful to the next phase of the process. Full details of each activity will be outlined in detail before each stage. We also make reasonable adjustments at each stage.

    For our Engineering Future Leaders Programme, you need to be studying for, or already have graduated from an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline by August 2020, at a minimum of 2:2 classification .

    You need to be eligible to work in the UK, either as a UK or EU citizen or as the holder of a UK work visa.

    In addition, as part of your application you will need to provide references covering the past five years from your current or past employers, university, college or school, accounting for any gaps of two weeks or more, including times when you were out of work or on an extended holiday.

    If you are successful in the process you will need to complete a criminal records check and you may need to complete a counter terrorism check, dependent on the nature of your rotations.

    You will be primarily based at Heathrow in our operation or in our head office, the Compass Centre.  In all roles you will get the opportunity to work across the airport campus.

    Our Heathrow Engineering Future Leaders Programme will begin in early September 2020.

    We accept applications from all ages so long, as you have achieved your degree and show the behaviours we seek in an Engineering Future Leader.

    We welcome applications from all candidates who have the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor international applicants.

    We’re looking to recruit roughly four Engineering Future Leaders this year.

    Heathrow offers a competitive salary package – for our Engineering Future Leaders the starting salary is £28,505.42.  

    Once you have submitted your application, we will send you an email confirming this has been received. You can then keep track of the current status of your application through your online account area. We will update your account area and send you an email to advise you of the next steps for your application.

    Our Assessment Centres are scheduled to take place during February/March 2020. Please ensure you’re able to attend if selected.

    You can contact our recruitment team on 01635584133 or email us at Please note these contact details only apply to our Early Careers programmes.