Trainees and apprenticeships

The construction industry impacts the lives of individuals, societies and communities. It is one of the UK’s most important industries, employing millions of people to deliver where we live, play and work.

As one of our trainees or apprentices you’ll be working on amazing projects in and around London with the opportunity to influence the environment around you.

    Interesting facts about the industry:

    • 2.5 million people in the UK work in construction – that’s one in ten jobs
    • There is a huge range of career opportunities you could choose from, including being an engineer, project manager, site manager, construction manager, programme manager, cost consultant, architect or health and safety adviser – it’s not just about being a builder
    • Construction is not ‘a boys’ world’– more than 24% of our workforce are female.

    As one of our apprentices, you could be involved in the delivery of a new school that will help provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for future generations, a new iconic landmark building, or helping to deliver some of the transport or energy infrastructure that our cities and communities depend on.

    Over the past year our apprentices have worked on some impressive projects including the new corporate headquarters for Sky and a huge regeneration project in London Victoria, Nova. In the past our trainees have also played a crucial role in many of our prestigious projects, such as the British Museum, The Coca Cola London Eye, the London 2012 Olympic Park and The Shard.

    Just imagine being able to point to buildings such as this which help to shape our skylines and say: “I helped deliver that!”

    The breadth of our work across construction and consultancy means we offer plenty of different career opportunities, whether in an office or out on a building site.

    Whatever career route you choose, you will leave a lasting legacy by helping to deliver challenging projects that will drive the sustainable growth of cities across the world.


    Applications are now closed for 2016 but please check back in spring 2017 for new opportunities. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact our Emerging Talent team.

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    “It is a great company as there are so many experienced people that you can learn from on a day-to-day basis. Mace take training very seriously and over the last four years I have gone on a wide range of courses on topics related to the construction industry.”

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    Our construction management trainee programme is designed specifically for school and college leavers aiming to develop into highly competent, site-based construction managers.

    Site experience

    This is a role where you can see the results of your work every day. As an apprentice trainee construction manager you will help the project team in the daily control, management and coordination of construction activities to ensure the project is delivered on time, on budget and to the required safety, environmental and quality standards. Your responsibilities will increase throughout the programme as your technical knowledge and skills develop. Your responsibilities will include:

    • Producing and monitoring short term programmes
    • Reading the programme and design drawings and administering daily progress records to ensure that site works progress
    • Contributing to package, coordination, safety and site progress meetings
    • Ensuring safe project working practices are adhered to for all site personnel, taking appropriate action where necessary
    • Assisting construction managers with various elements of the build
    • Establishing key relationships with the trade contractors, setting up clear lines of communication to coordinate labour and help address issues that may arise.


    Trainee construction managers are sponsored through a two-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) at a London-based university (one day a week on campus). Once this is achieved, apprentices are enrolled on to an NVQ Level 6 to allow them to start working towards their Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) qualification.

    Our quantity surveying degree apprenticeship programme is designed for school and college leavers who aspire to become quantity surveyors.

    What is quantity surveying?

    Quantity surveying is the management of a construction project’s cost, so in many ways quantity surveyors are the accountants of the built environment. They are involved in every stage of a construction project, from working with a client or developer to estimate the cost of a proposed build, to managing the setting up of contracts and the flow of money in live construction projects.

    There are two different career paths as a quantity surveyor at Mace. As an apprentice you’ll get experience of both: on site with the commercial managers, and in the office working directly with clients in our cost consultancy team.

    As an apprentice quantity surveyor you’ll assist managers to ensure projects are financially viable for Mace and our key clients. Responsibilities include:

    • Developing an understanding of the procurement process to realise best value
    • Helping our clients to understand the potential costs of construction projects
    • Assisting the team with producing cost plans
    • Assisting the team with measurements and valuations
    • Assisting with the management of costs through the construction phase of the project
    • Agreeing changes to costs during construction
    • Preparation of subcontracts and ordering materials for construction projects


    You will be sponsored through a five-year part-time BSc degree in Quantity Surveying at a London-based university. We will provide support and mentoring to develop your experience and achieve Membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors within six years.

    Key skills

    In addition to the minimum entry criteria, you must have strong numerical skills.

    Building service engineers are responsible for helping buildings to perform at their best when it comes to safety, efficiency and comfort. Our higher level apprenticeship in building services engineering is designed for school and college leavers, who aspire to manage the design and installation of critical building services within high profile construction projects.

    Site experience

    Modern buildings are full of complex engineering systems from heating and cooling to lighting control, audio-visual, IT and power systems. Mace is an industry leader in some of the most exciting markets and is constantly developing new and exciting buildings.

    Our apprentices gain experience managing mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) systems on landmark projects in and around London. Previous and current trainees have worked on projects including The Shard, Nova, Victoria, Three Quays, Oxford Research Centres, Forensic Labs, and 5 Broadgate.

    As an apprentice building services engineer you’ll be involved in all project related MEP management services. You’ll be given the chance to experience each of the different service areas that we offer. Your responsibilities will include:

    • Delivering complex and detailed building service systems as part of the design team
    • Assisting in procurement of the integral parts and packages associated with building services
    • Assisting in planning and programming building services within the construction programme
    • Engineering and delivering building services in a range of different buildings and markets
    • Assisting in commissioning and handing over new projects to client’s teams

    Qualifications you will receive

    Apprentice building services engineers are sponsored through a two-year HNC at a London based university (one day a week on campus).

    Key skills

    In addition to the minimum entry criteria above, you must have:

    • A desire and ability to learn
    • The ability to plan and prioritise
    • A keen interest in engineering

    What you’ll get from us

    We invest in our trainees and apprentices because we believe they will be the future of our industry. You’ll benefit from:

    • On-the-job learning on live projects working with our experienced professionals and key clients
    • Financial and practical support with part-time study towards a recognised qualification
    • A structured programme of additional internal and external training
    • A senior mentor in the business to support your development throughout the programme.

    Who we’re looking for

    You need to have the passion to help us shape cities across the world, as well as:

    • The enthusiasm to pursue a long-term career in the specialism you apply for
    • A minimum of 240 UCAS point from three A Levels or a construction-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at MMM grade or above
    • Six GCSEs grade C or above including mathematics and english.

    The right trainee role or apprenticeship for you

    We have opportunities in three specialisms, all based in London. Applications are now closed for 2016 but please check back in spring 2017 for new opportunities. 

    Benefits and rewards

    • Competitive annual salary
    • College or university fees are funded
    • 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!)
    • Industry leading pension scheme with 7% Mace contribution
    • Season ticket loan
    • Private health insurance
    • Gym subsidy
    • Volunteering opportunities
    • A range of retail and leisure discounts
    • Cycle to work scheme.

    Key skills

    In addition to the minimum entry requirements above, you must have:

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • The ability to work in teams with a variety of people
    • A desire and ability to learn
    • The ability to plan and prioritise
    • Attention to detail.
    Paige Finnerty, Construction Manager

    “I joined Mace in 2012 as a team secretary before joining a project team as an office manager. Inspired by my construction colleagues, I soon moved into an assistant construction manager role on the iconic Birmingham New Street station. Three years on, I am now a construction manager and feel incredibly proud of the journey I have made.”

    Jacob Gentles, Assistant Construction Manager, Construction

    “After studying a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in construction and the built environment, I volunteered at Mace’s project office at the Shard. The time I spent with the team was enough to convince me that Mace was where I wanted to kick start my career. In 2013, I joined Mace as an apprentice and i'm now well on my way to becoming a construction manager.”