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
|Industrial placement||Sandwich year students||One year||June to June|
|Summer placement||First, second or penultimate year undergraduates||10 weeks||June to September|
|Mace Insight Week||First and second year undergraduates||One week||3-6 April 2017. Applications are currently being accepted|
|Careers in Construction Week||Students aged 15-17||One week||3-7 July 2017. Applications will open in February 2017|
Industrial placement opportunities are available to students looking to spend a year in industry as part of their sandwich degree course.
They are available in the following disciplines:
- Advisory services
- Construction management
- Design management
- Facilities management
- Project controls
- Project management (consultancy)
- Quantity surveying – commercial management (contracting)
- Quantity surveying (cost consultancy)
On the job learning is a key element of the industrial placement programme and students will work full time on live projects with the support of experienced professionals. We’ll support you with a structured programme of monthly training events and site visits. You can also start working towards a professional chartership during your placement year.
If you perform well on your placement and get a 2:1, we’ll offer you 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 80% of the students who did their placements in 2014-15 are returning to join our Graduate Development Programme.
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 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.
Who we look for
What we are looking for in participants:
During your week at Mace you will get:
Who are we looking for?
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”