Placements and work experience

Choosing to do a placement or work experience at Mace will give you the chance to experience challenging projects that drive the sustainable growth of cities and communities.

On our undergraduate programmes you’ll receive genuine responsibility on a live project and return to university with practical knowledge you can apply to your studies. 

Placement and work experience opportunities

Our placement and work experience programmes make sure you’ll return to university or school with a greater understanding of the industry and of working life.





Industrial placement Sandwich year students One year June to June
Summer placement First, second or penultimate year undergraduates 10 weeks June to September 2018
Mace Insight Week First and second year undergraduates One week 9-12 April 2018.
Careers in Construction Week Students aged 15-17 One week 2-6 July 2018.

How long is it?

How long is it?

How long is it?

How long is it?

First, second or penultimate year undergraduates

First, second or penultimate year undergraduates

First, second or penultimate year undergraduates

First and second year undergraduates

First and second year undergraduates

Early July

Early July

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Industrial Placements offer students the ability to undertake a year’s work experience, in a number of disciplines, as part of a sandwich degree course. You will witness first-hand how your learning at university can be applied to real life projects. Under the guidance of industry leading professionals you will learn new skills to benefit you when you return to university.

Our industrial placements are available in the following disciplines:

  • Building Surveying
  • Civil Engineer (Management Consulting)
  • Construction Management 
  • Design Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Project Controls
  • Project Management (Consultancy)
  • Quantity Surveying - Commercial Management (Contracting)
  • Quantity Surveying - Cost Consultancy (PQS)

As well as on the job training further support will be offered through a structured programme of training events, site visits, and networking opportunities. You can also start working towards a professional chartership during your placement year.

What happens after the programme?

If you perform well on your placement and achieve a 2:1 final degree classification, you will be offered a place on our graduate programme. And if you’re a really high performer, we may also offer sponsorship during your final year at university.

The vast majority of our placement students return to Mace on completion of their degree to join our Graduate Development Programme. In fact, over 90% of the students who completed an industrial placement with Mace in 2014-15 are returning to join our Graduate Development Programme in 2017.

What you’ll get from us

  • Competitive annual salary
  • 22 days holiday plus two 'Mace' days to support work life balance
  • Time off between Christmas and New Year (yes, on top of your holidays and Mace days!)     
  • Gym subsidy
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • A range of retail and leisure discounts

Who we’re looking for

  • You must be studying a degree in a construction related or engineering discipline, showing potential to achieve a 2.1 or higher
  • 240 UCAS points achieved from three A Levels (excluding General Studies)
  • GCSE Grade C or above for Maths and English
  • Evidence of having undertaken challenging work experience or substantial extra-curricular activity.

Our 10-week summer placements are aimed at undergraduates in their first, second or penultimate year of university who want to gain practical work experience to support their studies.

After completing a one day induction at our Head Office where you will learn about Mace and our services, you will gain real responsibility working on live projects under the supervision of industry professionals. You will be offered mentoring and support to ensure you are able to make the most of your placement and take your newly acquired knowledge back to your studies.

We have a number of opportunities available in the following disciplines:

  • Construction Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Project Management (Consultancy)
  • Quantity Surveying – Commercial Management (Contracting)
  • Quantity Surveying – Cost Consultancy
  • Project Controls

What happens after the placement?

High achieving students will be offered further employment relevant to their year of study, whether this be further summer placements, an industrial placement or a position on the Graduate Development Programme.

Who we are looking for

  • First, second or penultimate year students studying towards a degree with a predicted grade of a 2.1 or above
  • 240 UCAS points achieved from three A Levels (excluding general studies) and GCSE grade C or above for Maths and English
  • Evidence of skills developed from extra-curricular activity.

Mace’s Insight Week is a fantastic opportunity for first and second year undergraduate students who are interested in a career in the construction industry. The week is designed to give you an overview of the various career opportunities available to you.

The programme

Mace’s Insight Week is hosted at our head office in London and consists of:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Site visits to some of our prestigious projects
  • The opportunity to shadow some of our current graduates
  • Sessions to help with CV writing, interview preparation and assessment centre skills

What happens after the week?

After the week, high performers will be contacted by the HR team with the opportunity to apply for Graduate or Undergraduate opportunities. Having this week’s experience with us will place you head and shoulders above others.

What we are looking for in participants

  • A genuine interest in a career in the construction industry
  • Construction related degrees are preferred, however we are open to all degree disciplines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • 240 UCAS points or equivalent from 3 A Levels (including BTECs and HNCs).

Mace Insight Week will take place on Monday 9th April to Thursday 12th April 2018. Applications are now open.

This week-long programme based at our London head office is for students aged 15-17 who are looking to gain some experience in the construction industry.

During your week at Mace you will get:

  • Presentations on key services and career paths including design, bidding, project management, facilities management, construction delivery and sustainability
  • Interactive sessions on the career opportunities available at Mace
  • Visits to some live and finished Mace projects
  • Introduction to our health and safety initiative 'Safety first. Second nature'
  • On your final day you will take part in the 'Mace Challenge' which will give you the opportunity to put everything you have learned into practice.

Who are we looking for?

We would like applications from people with the following:

  • An interest in the construction industry
  • An inquisitive mind
  • A willingness to learn and take part.

The Careers in Construction Week will take place between 2-6 July 2018. Applications are currently being accepted.

Rob Tant, Placement Trainee, Construction

“My placement, so far, has been hard work and challenging but not a day has gone by when it hasn’t been exciting and rewarding. I feel incredibly proud to be working on, what is, a dream project. It’s an amazing opportunity to be involved and a great way to take what I’ve learned at uni and put it into practise. It’s going to help motivate me to do well when I go back to my studies.”

Chandan Bansal, Summer Placement, Consultancy

“Challenges vary from project to project and no day is ever the same. I'm constantly meeting new people and dealing with clients which is a great way to grow my network and learn new things along the way. I've also been given a lot of independence and responsibility despite my placement being just over two months.”

Jack Hounsham, Placement Trainee, Construction

“I find it really rewarding to spend time dealing with the issues or problems on site. Working with operatives and labourers, quantity surveyors and fellow construction managers keeps things challenging and varied. I also really like the split from working on site and in the office. As with any job there are admin tasks but I spend the majority of my time on site, which I much prefer.”

Nadia Houston, Assistant Project Manager, Summer placement

“My placement has been really varied and interesting so far. There’s been a lot to take in, particularly because my degree isn’t in real-estate, infrastructure or construction but I’ve really enjoyed it and I’m learning a lot.”

David Joyce, Trainee Quantity Surveyor,  Summer placement

“I enjoy putting the theory of what I’ve learned at university into practice. It will leave me in a great position for my final year of study. It’s be great to learn efficient ways of commercially managing projects as a whole and being able to see the bigger picture of why things need to be completed in a certain way. I know I’m developing skills that I will need for the rest of my career.”

Rhys Robson Edmunds - Summer Placement

“From my short experience with Mace, I have quickly realised it would be an excellent place to begin my career. As well as their exceptional reputation, the opportunities that they offer to all employees are endless whether it be through work, charity or social activities. It has been a pleasure to be able to work for Mace over the summer period and I am extremely hopeful of gaining a place on the full time graduate scheme at the end of my degree.”