Careers

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. 

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If you think you can bring a different perspective to help us shape the cities of tomorrow then apply now.

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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.

Opportunities  

Who

Length 

When

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


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First, second or penultimate year undergraduates

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Early July

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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:

  • 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
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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.

 

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. Opportunities are available in the following fields:

  • Construction management
  • Project management (consultancy)
  • Quantity surveying – commercial management (contracting)
  • Quantity surveying – cost consultancy

After completing a one day induction to learn about Mace and our services, summer placements will gain real responsibility working on live projects.

High achieving students will be invited to attend our graduate assessment centre. If successful, you will be offered a place on the Graduate Development Programme once you have graduated.

What's more you’ll get a salary of up to £18,000 pro-rata.

Our 2017 summer placements start on 26 June 2017.

Who we look for

  • In their first, second or penultimate year 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.

If you are in your first or second year at university and you are interested in a career in the construction industry, Mace's Insight Week is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the various career opportunities available to you.

The programme

Mace Insight Week is hosted at our head office in London and will give you the opportunity to discover the range of exciting careers that Mace and the industry has to offer. The week will consist of interactive workshops and site visits at some of our prestigious projects, delivered by experienced professionals. You will have the opportunity to meet some of our current graduates to get an insight into their responsibilities and find out first-hand what working at Mace is like.

Our HR department will run sessions to help you with your CV writing and interview skills in preparation for the next steps you take during and after university.

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 and present to some of our business leaders, giving you the chance to stand head and shoulders above the crowd when applying for our graduate and undergraduate programmes.

What we are looking for in participants:

  • A genuine interest in a career in the construction industry
  • Excellent communication skills
  • 240 UCAS points or equivalent from 3 A Levels (including BTECs and HNCs).

Mace Insight Week will take place 3-6 April 2017. Applications are currently being accepted.

 

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'.

Who we are looking for:

We would like applications from people with:

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

The Careers in Construction Week will take place between 3-7 July 2017. Applications will open in February 2017.

 

Are you ready?

If you think you can bring a different perspective to help us shape the cities of tomorrow then apply now.

APPLY NOW
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.”