Careers

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 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.

Application for 2017 opportunities are now closed. Applications for 2018 will open in March. Register here.

Mace Apprenticeship Brochure 2017

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Application for 2017 opportunities are now closed. Applications for 2018 will open in March.

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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 include a school, hospital, office or retail outlet.

Main responsibilities

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. 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, designers 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
  • Being involved in 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 a Level 4 Diploma in Project Management. You will spend two days at a time each month studying towards your qualification in the classroom, mostly in the first six months of your apprenticeship. The Level 4 Diploma takes 18-24 months to complete.

Once you have completed your Level 4 qualification you will be able to become an Associate member of the Association of Project Managers (APM) – the professional body for project management. At Mace we will guide you in working to achieve Associate Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS) 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 consultancy apprenticeships are based in London and Manchester.

Minimum requirements

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

  • The enthusiasm to pursue a long-term career in the specialism you apply for
  • 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.

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.

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

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.

Key skills

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

Locations

Quantity surveying apprenticeships are available in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Winchester.

Minimum requirements

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

  • The enthusiasm to pursue a long-term career in the specialism you apply for
  • 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

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).

 

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.

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.

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.

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.”