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.

Mace Apprenticeship Brochure 2017

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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 managing MEP systems. 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, MET police centres of excellence and 5 Broadgate.

 

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 and safety on site
  • Assisting with the production of monthly project audits and reports
  • Engineering and delivering building services in a range of different buildings and market
  • Commissioning management and witnessing
  • Testing integrated systems testing building control sign-off
  • Assisting in gaining practical completion
  • Managing the project close out and defects 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 in London.

 

Minimum requirements

 

  • Level 3 apprentices will have a minimum of 6 GCSE’s at 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 240 UCAS point 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
  • 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

  • A minimum of 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
  • Focused attention to detail
  • An ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A drive to achieve results
  • An ability to deliver a range of tasks to high quality standards

Our team are adept at applying their knowledge of Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health (MEP) to a diverse range of sectors including commercial, residential 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 each individual client in order to deliver best in class MEP installations. The range of services available is totally flexible to suit an individual client’s requirements, the aim being to create reliability with installations delivered in the most cost effective manner consistent with the shared objective of the project.

We pride ourselves on the great quality of our people. We have handpicked our MEP team for their technical knowledge and understanding of the overall construction process. We are used to being part of one integrated construction team, taking responsibility for design, coordination, planning and direct procurement of all plant and equipment.

Our apprentices work on exciting projects in and around London gaining experience managing Mechanical and Electrical (MEP) systems. Modern buildings are full of complex engineering systems from heating and cooling to lighting control, Audio Visual, IT and power systems.

 

Previous and current trainees have worked on projects including The Shard, Nova, Three Quays, Oxford Research Centres, Forensic Labs, and 5 Broadgate.

 

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 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
  • Engineering and delivering building services in a range of different buildings and market
  • Commissioning management and witnessing
  • Integrated systems testing including Building Control sign off
  • Assist in gaining Practical Completion
  • Manage project close out and defects period. 

 

Qualification

Apprentice Building Services Engineers are sponsored through a 2 year HNC.

Structured training and mentoring

Technical education and experience is further supported by a comprehensive programme of training which includes technical and soft skills training. All apprentices are assigned a senior mentor to support their development throughout the programme. 

Key skills

In addition to the minimum entry criteria, candidates 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
  • A keen interest in engineering

This is a role where you can see the results of your work every day. Engineering is at the core of our construction business, getting the foundations and the structure right is fundamental to the success of our projects. The engineering role has an impact on the way that we build and deliver our projects. Understanding the construction sequence together with the relevance and importance of tolerances and accuracy can only be gained by experience of working on site with seasoned professionals.

What will a civil engineering trainee do at Mace?

As a trainee construction manager specialising in civil engineering, you will help the project team in the daily control, management and coordination of construction structural 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.

We have an established career path for engineers to progress to suit your preferences and skills. This role would be based in construction management in a site-facing role or as a package manager coordinating design and trade contractors.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working alongside our construction managers and project engineers to deliver the engineering and structural elements of our projects.
  • Contributing to package coordination, safety and site progress meetings.
  • Building relationships with the trade contractors, setting up clear lines of communication to coordinate labour and helping to address issues that may arise at site. Understanding and working to develop basic dimensional controls and checking to ensure that the works are compatible with the activities of following trades.
  • Liaising with the trade contractors’ site staff to ensure that programmes are met and their works are facilitated. This will include the review of method statements and risk assessments to ensure that the works can be planned safely and implemented.
  • Ensuring safe project working practices are adhered to for all site workers, taking appropriate action where necessary.
  • Assisting in the management of interfaces with other construction packages such as welfare, logistics, cladding, utilities and mechanical and electrical engineering. As your role progresses you will be exposed to more packages with greater responsibility.
  • Producing and monitoring short term programmes for construction projects to understand the relevance of the construction interfaces and sequencing requirements.
  • Reading the programme and design drawings to develop an understanding of details and how to resolve coordination issues at site.
  • Administering daily progress records to monitor that site works proceed to programme and determine reasons for variances.

Qualifications

Trainee engineers are sponsored through a two-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Civil Engineering at a London-based university (one day a week on campus). Once this is achieved, trainees will start working towards their EngTech qualification.

Locations

Opportunities are available in London only.

Minimum requirements

  • 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 including maths and physics at grade C, or an engineering-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at MMM grade or above (subject to training provider requirements).
  • Six GCSEs grade C or above including mathematics, physics and English (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

 

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.”