Life at Tilbury Douglas

Apprenticeships, placements and graduates

If you’re looking to complete an apprenticeship, join us for a year out or summer placement or join our graduate scheme, you’ll find everything you need to know below.

Our apprenticeships

An apprenticeship with Tilbury Douglas can offer you the best of both worlds! By undertaking an apprenticeship, you will have the ability to gain some great work experience whilst you are earning, which has got to be a super positive start!

It will also provide you with a great balance between practical and theory work. The vocational experience is greatly valued in the construction sector and all industries, just as much as educational qualifications.

By doing an apprenticeship you can work on both at the same time! Throughout your apprenticeship, you will receive lots of guidance, support and knowledge passed on from experienced team members to ensure you gain relevant practical experiences, as well as receiving a recognised qualification at the end of your apprenticeship.

Have a think about the types of roles that interest you and find out what specific qualifications you will need to commence an apprenticeship, so you can learn on the job and commence your chosen career path in construction.

Level 6 Degree

  • Construction Site Management
  • Quantity Surveying – Chartered Surveyor/Construction Quantity Surveyor
  • Civil Engineering – Site Management/Senior Technician
  • Building Services Engineering Site Management

Year out placements

This could be the ideal place to understand more about Tilbury Douglas and to apply the knowledge you have gained in your degree so far. We offer a structured year-out placement which is the first step in the pathway to our hugely popular graduate programme.

A year out placement can be offered to students who are studying a construction related degree where a sandwich/year in industry placement is required. Our year out placements provide a fantastic opportunity to gain some quality site experience.

You will be performing a ‘real’ job but will be fully supported by our project team to provide you with breadth of experience and develop you while you are with us.

Throughout your placement, you will be well supported, receiving professional mentorship and guidance whilst receiving structured development setting you up with everything you need to support your studies and build a potential career.

If you enjoy your placement with us there is an opportunity for us to sponsor you for your final year. Many of our undergraduates have come back to us and gone on to have long, successful careers. With the variety and breadth our business offers, the opportunities are endless.

Summer placements

This is a up to 12-week paid placement commencing ideally in either June, July or August.

Summer placements are an ideal opportunity for those studying towards a construction related qualification to gain some valuable hands-on site experience which will support your studies.

We will carry outs regular reviews with students accepted on placements while they are with us, to identify high performers who would be suitable to fast-track onto our graduate programme at the end of their studies.

You will be working on a live construction site, supported by our professional team who will support you to gain some excellent experience whilst also massively contributing to one of our projects.

We have opportunities at lots of locations across the UK, so just search for a vacancy near you, where you will receive a competitive salary and take a big step towards a place on our graduate scheme.


Our graduate scheme applications for this year are open and close on 24 November 2023, for a start the following September. 

Our two-year graduate development programme will be tailored to provide you with the technical skills required to fulfil your role. We will give you responsibility in your role and as you develop, you will be given the opportunity to manage customers, colleagues and staff.

The programme will also offer a rotation scheme in your first year, whereby you will undertake placements within other functions (e.g. work winning, design, commercial, technical, buying – depending on your role) which will provide you with experience across our business and in various functions.

A key theme across our programme is your engagement with communities outside of your day-to-day working environment. While working on sites you will host visits from local schools, colleges, universities and communities. We also need you to support our work with careers events at local schools and colleges.

Benefits package:

Our benefits package includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • 26 days' annual leave 
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Defined contribution pension scheme matched up to 8%
  • Two days volunteering opportunities
  • Flexible and Agile working (dependent on your role)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional membership fees
  • Flexible Benefits scheme 
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