Laing O’Rourke is a multidisciplinary design, manufacturing and construction business. Working in targeted sectors around the world, we deliver buildings and infrastructure ranging from sports and leisure facilities to power stations and minerals handling plants.
With operations in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong, we are proudly building on an international reputation for engineering excellence.
The combined capability of our portfolio of delivery businesses allows us to tackle some of the largest and most complex construction projects - including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Park.
Laing O’Rourke graduates will work through a structured 32-month programme combining practical experience, academic learning and professional development. At the same time, you will follow a step-by-step process designed to fast-track you towards chartership within four years.
There are four defined career entry points:
- Engineering and design
- Commercial services (estimating, procurement, quantity surveying and cost planning)
- Construction management
- Corporate Services (Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology)
Diverse on-the-job experience will be complemented by an engaging series of learning modules, providing you with an in-depth understanding of business principles and exposing you to the latest industry expertise. These experiential learning workshops are designed to help our future leaders grow the personal and professional skills required for project delivery excellence.
You will be mentored throughout the programme by experienced leaders within the business, and enjoy strong support from line managers, buddies and a large peer group network. Our dedicated professional team will work closely with you to develop clear career goals and expand your skills base.
On completion of the programme, you will continue to benefit from ongoing support from our graduate development team and a network of business contacts, as you transition into a permanent role within the business.
Who is eligible?
Successful candidates will combine academic achievement with personal drive and a commitment to hard work. To be considered you will have achieved a minimum 2:1 degree.
There are two main routes onto the programme:
Scholars: degree students already sponsored by Laing O’Rourke are invited to apply to the programme.
External applicants: recently qualified graduates or students about to complete their degrees can apply via the company website www.laingorourke.com.
What type of degree will I need?
Positions will be awarded to those who have completed courses in engineering, design, commercial services and construction management that are accredited by the relevant professional body.
Engineering and design: we seek graduates of civil, mechanical, electrical, building services and geotechnical engineering, architecture and manufacturing. Ideally you will have completed a MEng degree.
Commercial services: qualifying graduates will have completed RICS-accredited degree.
Construction management: successful applicants will have graduated from a CIOB-accredited degree.
Internships & Placements
Internships are offered as vacation or industrial work experience schemes; the former are conducted over two to five weeks and the latter over a period of nine months. Both programmes involve interns carrying out regular tasks assigned to them on ongoing projects, with the guidance and supervision of senior professional colleagues on the project team.
The programmes are an opportunity for interns to experience working in a commercial profession and apply academic learning and knowledge in practice; develop skills and functional expertise; and stay updated on the latest industry/market information and developments.
For more information on apprenticeships at Laing O'Rourke, head to their Apprenticeships section.
School Leaver Programmes
We are Laing O’Rourke. We design and build iconic buildings and complex infrastructure projects used by millions of people every day - and we’re always looking to create structures that will help build a better future for everyone. Our expertise allows us to work on some of the largest and most complex projects in existence. Join us as a School & College Leaver and you’ll have the opportunity to work on some amazing projects with some exceptional people.
Our five-year School & College Leaver programme combines studying for an accredited degree with real on-the-job experience. You’ll work alongside experienced Laing O’Rourke professionals on live projects, and attend university at the same time. Throughout you’ll learn innovative engineering and construction techniques, and get to know colleagues who’ll continue to support you throughout your career at LOR.
We have opportunities for School & College Leavers in many areas, from Civil Engineering and Design to Planning and Quantity Surveying. We’ll pay for all your university fees, and there’s even an achievement award when you complete the relevant professional qualification. If you’ve got or on track for 240 UCAS points or more, please apply.
Salary & Benefits
Our rewards strategy combines salary, benefits and incentives to offer a highly competitive package. Employees are paid for their skills, experience and the commitment they demonstrate.
To recruit and retain the talent we need, we continually monitor market trends to ensure our offering is always attractive. While we align base salaries to the upper quartile of the industry, those who perform exceptionally well are rewarded in excess of this.
As a graduate, you will benefit from an excellent salary and package of benefits. These will include pension, private healthcare and annual leave entitlement of 25 days, along with the following:
- Company car or car allowance of £4,000.
- Assistance with professional development fees and a monetary reward on achievement of chartership.
- Sponsored social events with your peer group and senior leaders, including graduation dinner with the Chairman and CEO.
- Employee benefits scheme, offering a significant range of discounts from holidays to high-street shopping.
- Employee assistance programme, including confidential counselling service, legal and financial advice.
- Flexible working hours for qualifying parents.
- Opportunity to win the ‘Graduate of the Year’ award.
Undergraduate internships are open to students presently studying in a degree programme in engineering and/or construction disciplines—architecture, building services engineering, civil/electrical/mechanical/geotechnical engineering, and manufacturing. Internships run for a period, ranging from several weeks to nine months, as vacation or industrial work experience placements.
The Graduate Development Programme (GDP) is open to graduates with an earned or expected 2:1 degree in an accredited programme, with a structured path to obtaining professional credentials and memberships of industry-accreditation bodies in the fields of Engineering, Construction Management and Commercial Services. Applicants should hold a valid permit to work in the UK and should be open to frequent travelling and/or relocation, for work purposes.
The GDP is not open to graduates with degrees in disciplines other than those specified or non-accredited programmes. Acceptable engineering degrees are architecture, building services engineering, civil/electrical/mechanical/geotechnical engineering, and manufacturing. Engineering graduates should have MEng degrees, which will allow a fast track path to ‘chartered’ status.
Acceptable Commercial Services disciplines are estimating, cost and time management, commercial, procurement and other RICS-approved programmes. Construction Management graduates should have obtained a CIOB-approved programme.
How To Apply
Applications for all entry-level structured training programmes should be submitted only through the online recruitment system here. Applications are screened by business managers and central HR personnel and shortlisted applicants are invited to attend further assessment events.
These include a preliminary interview, completion of an online or face-to-face assessment centre, followed by a second in-depth interview by the appropriate hiring manager. The online assessment is a questionnaire designed to elicit information about a candidate’s working and interaction styles.
Further information on the recruitment process and programmes can be obtained by emailing the recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org and issues with the application system can be referred to the team at 0132 229 6200.