Careers

Trainees and apprenticeships

Start a career like no other. Working at Mace enables you to make your mark on the world – delivering projects that improve lives, grow communities and inspire new generations.

From managing the construction of a new hospital, to regenerating a town that brings people together, to developing iconic buildings that transform the landscape, as a Mace trainee or apprentice you’ll get hands-on experience working on amazing projects alongside industry leading professionals.

We have a wide range of career opportunities for people who are starting out in the industry and we offer all of our trainees and apprentices financial and practical support with part-time study towards a recognised qualification.

Whatever professional role you move in to, you will have access to a structured training programme where you will learn technical skills related to the construction industry and key business skills, such as presenting and managing your time, to help you succeed in your career.

In the past, our trainees have worked on some impressive projects such as The Coca Cola London Eye, the London 2012 Olympic Park, The Shard, Birmingham New Street Station and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Imagine being able to point to buildings which help shape our skylines and say: “I helped deliver that!”

Award winning programme

In 2017 Mace was recognised by Rate My Apprenticeship as the top employer across all sectors for apprentices in Central and Greater London. In the same year Mace was also awarded ‘Best Company for School Leavers in the Construction Industry’ by AllAboutSchoolLeavers. These awards were won following feedback given by our own apprentices and trainees.

Apprenticeship brochure 2018

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Civil Engineering

This is a role where you can see the impact of your work every day. Engineering is at the core of our construction business and dictates how we build and deliver our projects. Understanding the construction sequence together with a knowledge of structural behaviour, and the importance of dimensional and quality control can only be gained by working on site with seasoned professionals.

The role

As an apprentice civil engineer, you will work with 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 apprenticeship programme as your technical knowledge and skills develop.
We have an established career path for engineers to progress to suit your preferences and skills. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working alongside our project engineers and construction managers to develop construction strategies and sequences
  • Producing sketches and drawings to clarify construction sequences
  • Undertaking concept design of temporary works
  • Undertaking site inspections of temporary works
  • Undertaking scope reviews of civil and structural tenders
  • Assisting in providing design and remedial solutions
  • Reviewing and preparing risk assessments and method statements
  • Establishing and maintaining secondary dimensional control 
  • Ensuring appropriate as built surveys are undertaken
  • Checking dimensions of major elements and critical interfaces 
  • Monitoring surveying and setting out of subcontractors ensuring best practice
  • Raising Non Conformance Reports
  • Monitoring subcontractors to ensure compliance with method statements and inspection test plans
  • Carrying out quality control checks 
  • Assisting package and construction manages with quality issues arising on site

Qualifications

You will be sponsored through a five-year part-time BEng degree in civil engineering. We will provide support and mentoring to develop your experience and achieve Incorporated Membership of The Institution of Civil Engineers. 

Locations

Opportunities are available in London only.

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum of grade BBC (or equivalent UCAS points) from three A Levels including maths and physics at grade C, or a construction-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at DDM grade or above
  • Six GCSEs grade C or above including mathematics, physics and english (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C

In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:

  • Strong numerical skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Drive to achieve results 

Commercial Management

Commercial Managers are predominantly based on site and are responsible for managing the project’s finances and commercial position throughout the lifecycle of the project. The role of the commercial manager in contracting covers all financial aspects of a project, from bidding for work through to the close out of final accounts when the project is completed. This involves procurement of works and the subsequent management of costs through the design and construction phase.

The Role

This is a site based role and you will be assigned to one project.

As an Apprentice Commercial Manager you will be assisting the Senior Commercial Manager with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Producing monthly applications for payment
  • Raising interim payment certificates (IPC’s) for sub-contract packages
  • Administering interim statement of accounts (ISA)
  • Updating cash flow forecasts
  • Assisting in the internal cost reporting process
  • Procuringof sub-contract packages which includes carrying out reviews, comparisons and assessments of tender returns
  • Attending mid and post tender meetings with potential sub-contractors and suppliers
  • Drafting of sub-contract documentation
  • Managing the cost of of construction packages (e.g. demolition work, roofing and cladding) including assessing/reviewing variation costs
  • Settling of final accounts with supply chain

Qualifications

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

Locations

Commercial Management apprenticeships are available at Heathrow Airport and in Central London.

Minimum requirements

  • Grade BBB from three A Levels (or equivalent UCAS points) or a construction-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at DDM grade or above
  • Six GCSEs grade C or above including mathematics and english (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C

In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in Excel.

 

Building Services Engineering

Our team are adept at applying their knowledge of mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) to a diverse range of sectors including commercial, residential, research, education and infrastructure. As well as designing, supplying and installing and commissioning MEP works.

We have proven, tried and tested management procedures which we tailor to our client’s needs in order to deliver best in-class MEP designed installations. The range of services available is totally flexible to suit our client’s requirements, the aim being to design and install state of the art MEP controls and installations using the latest energy efficient systems modelled within the latest computer software programme.

We pride ourselves on the great quality of our specialist people. We have a handpicked MEP team renowned for their technical knowledge and specialism in utilising the very latest technologies and pre-fabrication. The MEP team are used to being part of one integrated construction team.

The apprentices work on exciting projects in and around London gaining experience of managing MEPsystems. Modern buildings are full of complex engineering systems from heating and cooling to lighting control, audio visual, IT and power systems.

 

Our trainees have worked on projects including The Shard, Nova, Three Quays, Oxford research centres, forensic labs and MET police centres of excellence.

 

The Role 

As an Apprentice Building Services Engineer you will be involved in all project related MEP management services. To ensure apprentices are fully aware of the different elements of our service offering they will be given the opportunity to spend a period of time in each of the different areas.

 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Being part of the design team, delivering complex and detailed building service systems
  • Assisting in procurement of the integral parts and packages associated with building services
  • Advising the design teams on co-ordination and pre-fabrication of services within building design.
  • Assisting in planning and programming building services within the construction programme
  • Management of sub-contractors/ trades
  • Management of health & safety on site
  • Assisting with the production of monthly project audits and reports
  • Delivering building service engineering for  a range of different buildings and clients
  • Commissioning management and witnessing
  • Testing integrated systems including building control sign off
  • Assist in gaining practical completion
  • Managing project close out and the defect period. 

Qualification

Level 3 BTEC Building Services Engineering
Apprentices will be sponsored to work towards a Level 3 BTEC in Building Services Engineering

Level 4 HNC Building Services Engineering
Apprentices will be sponsored to work towards a Level 4 HNC in Building Services Engineering.

Both routes will lead to further study opportunities.

 

Locations

Building services engineering apprenticeships are available at Heathrow Airport and in Central London.

Minimum requirements

  • Level 3 apprentices will have a minimum of 6 GCSE’s grade C or above including maths, english, combined/separate sciences, and engineering or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • Level 4 apprentices will have a minimum of grade CCC (or equivalent UCAS points) from three A Levels including maths or physics at grade C, or an engineering-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at MMM grade or above
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C 

In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:

  • A keen interest in engineering
  • Strong numerical skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The ability to work effectively in a team

Project Management - Consultancy 

Mace has a vision to be the industry leader in helping shape cities and build sustainable communities. As an apprentice working in project management, you will have the opportunity to be involved in the whole lifecycle of a construction project, from when a client has an idea through to handing over the finished project and then supporting our clients manage the property or building on an ongoing basis. These projects could be in a variety of sectors, for example it could be a school, hospital, home, office or retail outlet.

The Role

Project management involves managing the cost, quality and programme of a project to ensure it is delivered on time, within budget and to the client’s expectations. The project manager represents and advises the client at all stages of the project, keeping them briefed and making sure their views are communicated to the team. You will be involved in every stage of the project lifecycle supporting senior project managers in:

  • Establishing the client’s requirements and developing this into a client brief
  • Working with architects, engineers, and clients to develop the design of the project
  • Preparing bid documents needed to help the client select which contractor should manage the build of the project
  • Administering contracts
  • Building relationships with key stakeholders who might be affected by the build of the project, such as the local community
  • Producing and monitoring project programmes to ensure the project is delivered on time
  • Communicating regularly with the team responsible for managing the physical build of the project, including construction managers, subcontractors and quantity surveyors - your role throughout the construction phase will involve recording, reporting and helping to resolve problems that might arise
  • Producing various reports to update the client on progress and budget
  • Closing out and handing over the completed project to the client so they can use the building.

Qualifications

Project management apprentices are supported in working to achieve either a Level 4 Diploma in Project Management (APM) or a Level 3 Surveying Diploma (RICS). We will be deciding which qualification will enable you to get the best construction project management training and is the most relevant course to help you develop in the role.  

At Mace we will guide you in working to achieve Associate Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS) and/or entry level membership of the Association of Project Managers (APM) to support your ongoing development into a high performing project manager. From there your career can continue to develop to positions of greater responsibility and leadership.

Locations

Project management apprenticeships are available in Birmingham and London.

Minimum requirements

  • Grade CCC from three A Levels (or equivalent UCAS points) or a construction-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at MMM grade or above
  • Six GCSEs grade C or above including mathematics and english (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C

In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:

  • Strong numerical skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The  ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Cost Consultancy

Cost consultancy is the management and procurement of a construction project predominantly but not limited to cost and contract management. Cost Consultants may often be referred to as professional quantity surveyors (PQS) or Cost Managers. Their role is to represent the client and protect the client’s interest within the clients design team. They are involved in every stage of a construction project from early inception through to final delivery with a main contractor. Their role includes working with a client or developer to estimate the initial cost of a proposed build, to managing the setting up of contracts and the post contract financial management between the client and the main contractor of construction projects.

The Role

This role is predominantly based within Mace or client offices, with regular site visits.

As an Apprentice Cost Consultant you will be assisting the Lead Cost Consultant with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • 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 feasibility estimates, cost estimates and cost plans
  • Assisting the team with building measurements and design assessments
  • Assisting with the management of costs through the construction phase of the project by regular reporting and monitoring
  • Management of project design and cost changes during construction
  • Conducting site valuations and payments to the main contractor
  • Assisting the clients team with implementing the construction contract

Qualifications

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

Locations

 

Cost Consultancy apprenticeships are available in Birmingham, Manchester and London

Minimum requirements

  • Grade BBB from three A Levels (or equivalent UCAS points) or a construction-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at DDM grade or above
  • Six GCSEs grade C or above including mathematics and english (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C

In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in Excel
  • Drive to achieve results.
  • A commitment to delivering  all tasks to a high quality standard

Construction Management - Fit Out

Como is a specialist fit out contractor that prides itself on employing the most talented people in the industry. Como has a long and successful history within the fit out industry and has gained a reputation for innovation and best practice. With over fourteen years in the sector, they have built up an enviable portfolio of work in helping our clients create high-quality, inspirational workplaces and are an integral part of the international consultancy and construction company, Mace Group.

Como delivers fit out from shell and core, Cat A and existing spaces together with light refurbishment. We’re a flexible partner, delivering projects of differing sizes and under all forms of contract. Como brings truly specialised teams to complex fit out challenges - and our ability to deliver in occupied and operational spaces efficiently and safely is second to none.
Our mission is to be a positive force for change in the fit out and refurbishment sector, to be respected and trusted in the construction industry, and to be famed for building valuable, lasting customer relationships.

The Role

Construction managers are at the "sharp end" of project delivery working on site. A construction manager will be involved from the pre-construction/planning stage right through to project handover and sometimes beyond.
As a trainee construction manager your responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

  • Assisting in the production of short term construction plans.
  • Assisting with the procurement of trade/sub-contractors.
  • Assisting in project start up and preconstruction stages.
  • Assisting in the daily control, management and coordination of site activity. 
  • Keeping a detailed diary of works planned and actually carried out by trade/sub-contractors. 
  • Checking sub-contractor works, benchmarking and quality control
  • Ensuring that all relevant paperwork is received, reviewed and communicated where necessary.
  • Contributing to site progress meetings with trade/sub-contractors
  • Ensuring health and safety is adhered to onsite, including site inspections and conducting site inductions.
  • 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

Qualifications

Trainee Construction Managers are sponsored through a two year HNC at a London-based university (one day a week on campus). Once this is achieved, apprentices are enrolled onto an NVQ Level 6 to allow them to start working towards their CIOB qualification. 

Locations

Construction Management apprenticeships are available in London.

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum of grade CCC from three A Levels (or equivalent UCAS points) or a construction-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at MMM grade or above
  • Six GCSEs grade C or above including mathematics and English (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C

In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to plan and prioritise 

Project Controls

Project controls is responsible for efficient, joined-up delivery of a complex series of projects, constantly gathering and analysing the performance data required to effectively manage a project, programme or portfolio. This performance data includes financial information about contracts, progress data from contractors, risk data and other data that enables the project or programme managers to direct the work. 

Programme management is a core Mace discipline and typical of our larger commissions in sectors like aviation, infrastructure and energy sectors. It was central to the delivery of major projects and programmes such as the London 2012 Olympic Games and Heathrow Terminal 5.


The role 

Project controls encompasses the associated disciplines that allow timely and accurate reporting of key data to allow decisions to be made with confidence.

As a Project Controls Apprentice you will play a key supporting role in the delivery of our services to our clients. Initially, working alongside more senior Project Managers and/or Project Controls Managers, you will be responsible for gathering, sorting, analysing and presenting a wide variety of information and data relating to the projects you have been assigned to. 

Your role will be focused on the set up and execution of processes that predict, understand and constructively influence the desired outcomes of a project or programme, through the communication of information to assist effective decision making.

Responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

  • Recording and understanding scope definition 
  • Management of a work breakdown structure
  • Planning and scheduling and recording progress on site
  • Cost control
  • Forecasting outcomes by time and cost   
  • Change control
  • Risk management
  • Writing procedures and creating process flow charts 
  • General project administration
  • Document management
  • Interface management
  • Extensive data management and integrating departmental systems through common coding structures
  • Stakeholder management 
  • Producing reports on all of the above

Locations

Project controls apprenticeships are available in Heathrow or Central London.

Qualifications

Project controls apprentices are supported in working to achieve either a Level 4 Diploma in Project Management or a Level 3 Project Controls Technician apprenticeship. We will be deciding which qualification will enable you to get the best construction project controls training and is the most relevant course to help you develop in the role.

Minimum requirements

  • Grade CCC from three A Levels (or equivalent UCAS points) or a construction-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at MMM grade or above
  • Six GCSEs grade C or above including mathematics and english (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C

In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:

  • Strong numerical skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
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.”

“The sort of things that I’m learning really help to give a strategic overview of the whole business. Many of the senior teams at Mace have started out as quantity surveyors so there are loads of options for the future.”