Ricardo Graduate Academy

As a graduate engineer, you will enter the Ricardo Graduate Academy programme.

New for 2018 - Virtual Product Development Graduate pathway- Read more

New for 2018- Manufacturing Graduate pathway- Read more


Key programme features

  • 24-month programme
  • Job rotations into different engineering departments every 6 months
  • Opportunities for international rotations
  • Mentor and financial support to achieve Chartered Status
  • Salary reviews every 6 months for the duration of the scheme
  • Qualified STEM Ambassador

Attend one of our UK graduate open days

Want to apply? Here's how it works...

Formal graduate intakes occur once a year, usually in the Autumn. Recruitment and assessment begins in the January before the autumn intake, when invitations to attend assessment days are sent out. The assessment process may extend as far as May, depending on how many graduates we are recruiting. Recruitment numbers vary each year according to business requirements.

You can apply to our graduate academy at any time, but please be aware that we do not contact graduates for our upcoming Autumn intake until the preceding January.

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Or visit the Ricardo website for more information.

What our applicants have to say about the process

"...I have really been impressed by Ricardo, and the whole application process was very positive." RJ, 2015

"Thank you for considering my application. I found the assessment day both challenging and informative." MT, 2014

"I have attended a number of assessments. Ricardo's is the first where my interests and career aspirations have been considered in equal measure to the organisation's. It is refreshing!" FS, 2013.

Click here to view frequently asked questions.


More information about our Graduate Engineer programme

STEM ambassadors

We encourage all of our graduates to support and promote the uptake of STEM subjects among students in local communities as part of their development programme. The work of our graduates makes a real difference in helping young people to see that science is fun and engineering is a cool career choice.

Women in engineering

We are particularly keen to encourage women to pursue careers in engineering, and we run a tailored mentoring programme to support women entering the field. Download a copy of our flyer to find out more about these opportunities.

Interested in an internship or summer placement?

Ricardo UK often accepts undergraduates for internships and summer placements. Please send your CV with covering letter outlining your availability to graduates@ricardo.com.  

Let us know if you are looking to gain any specific engineering experience – we may not be able to accommodate every request, but we promise to try.



Virtual Product Development

This is a unique opportunity for newly qualified graduates who can demonstrate excellence in digital modelling techniques (both development of modelling methods and their exploitation).

As a successful applicant you will rotate across:

  • Software
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Analysis

As well as experiencing an international placement in one of these fields.

At the end of the 24-month scheme you will be able to choose which area you would like to further your career.

To apply, click the button below to complete our online application form:


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Manufacturing Graduate

We are looking to recruit highly qualified manufacturing graduates who from the outset, will be working on specialist manufacturing projects, consulting and dealing with clients. Ricardo's manufacturing division aims to provide excellent services across all clients based in the high performance vehicle and motorsports sector. Your placements will be in a variety of teams within our manufacturing division.

To apply, click the button below to complete our online application form:



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