Working for A-one+

A-one+ invests time and effort into finding and developing staff. From the outset, we knew that the quality of our integrated highway engineering services would depend entirely on the strength of the people we recruit and train.

General employability skills that we value are:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organisation
  • Self-management
  • Good attitude towards learning
  • Interest in technology

This set of skills are transferable across a range of roles and functions and allows us to develop a capable, flexible workforce which operates as a team seeking continuous improvements and efficiencies.

Working for A-one+ will advance your career whether you are a civil engineer, administrator, asset inspector, designer, maintenance operative or quantity surveyor.

Fundamentally, A-one+ is an unincorporated joint venture run by parent companies Jacobs, Colas and Costain. As a result, each new recruit is employed by one of the parents to work in a cohesive team dedicated to providing an integrated highway engineering service that is at the forefront of our industry.

The unincorporated structure offers myriad benefits due to the collaborative mentality of all three. Therefore, A-one+ gets to share fresh ideas, new innovations and key talents from each parent company.

Throughout A-one+, there is a sharing culture in which staff bring together their knowledge and expertise for the good of the project. Ultimately, this is to every person’s benefit because they get a unique learning experience that they could not find anywhere else.

Each new staff member can greatly expand their professional development by encountering a vast breadth of knowledge and skills. As a whole, these can encompass highway design, road construction, network operations, asset management, commercial activities and business support.

Here at A-one+, we understand the value of every person. As such, the company has a structure in place to support new and existing staff by providing training and career development opportunities during their time with the company.

In addition, we also pride our commitment to health and safety standards while also addressing the general wellbeing of our staff.
Internal communication and engagement is an integral part of living and breathing our company values. This strategy comprises of employee surveys, team briefings, newsletters, employee magazine, notice boards and intranet site. There are employee representative groups in each area working to improve processes, conditions and communication. To address the challenges of transition in new contract areas we have developed Transformational Change Management Groups to work through bespoke John Kotter eight step plan’s to effectively and supportively manage the journey of change.

A-one+ endorse recognition as a vital every day and formal tool to ensure praise and feedback is delivered to our teams. Here at A-one+ we have developed the ‘Grits’ an internal recognition system enabling employees to nominate individual colleagues and teams by way of a ‘thank you’ note or a formal nomination culminating in an annual awards ceremony. Being nominated and invites to these highly prestigious ceremonies are a highlight for many of the teams on the coal-face. You can keep browsing this section to learn more about what it’s like to work in a caring company like A-one+.

Read our employee magazines here

Network Guardian Winter 2015

Network Guardian Winter 2016

Network Guardian Winter 2017

Network Guardian August 2018 (new bi-monthly)


People represent the third pillar of our corporate social responsibility, which touches upon those inside and outside of A-one+.

Within our efforts, A-one+ has been an advocate of diversity and in fostering a superb work-life balance for our staff – you can uncover more details below.

Investors in Diversity

Moving forward, A-one+ is committed to expressing its role as an inclusive company that treats everyone as equal, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, beliefs or anything else. Thus far, the company has excelled at adjusting work situations for individuals and also providing flexible hours.

Read about our investment in Inclusion and You

Health and Wellbeing

As a team member, you make a difference within the A-one+ family. Therefore, we are compelled to improve your health and wellbeing wherever possible. For example, standard health checks are performed throughout the company, while healthy lifestyle events and initiatives are also arranged.

Stress is an important issue within this area, and A-one+ has previously raised awareness by participating in the European Week for Safety and Health at Work. This entailed staff being trained to look for stress symptoms in themselves and others.

Meanwhile, A-one+ has implement mental health first aiders to provide direct support in the workplace. Our wellbeing initiatives have received recognition from a number of awarding bodies this year, check out our news articles: Win for Wellbeing and Another Double to learn more.

Children in the Workplace

A-one+ has years of experience vising schools to promote engineering in learning. Well, there has now been an exciting evolution in this regard, with some workers able to take their own children to work.

On these rewarding days, children get to attend one of our offices and to view a presentation. While there, they also receive practical demonstrations of CAD design, traffic management and traffic signage control. Hopefully some will return for a career in

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