Degree Apprenticeship

2022 Professional Degree Apprenticeship - Construction Management

We're looking for bright and motivated school leavers who will bring energy, new ideas and a fresh perspective to help us become the recognised leader and transform the construction and engineering industry.  

Laing O'Rourke - Engineering the Future

Engineering the Future

Role Overview

A Professional Apprenticeship Construction Trainee will progress through the role of Construction Trainee into Package/Section Manager over the period of the programme.

They will work within the Construction Management team under the guidance of Construction and Project Managers, alongside site supervisors and engineers, interfacing with a broad spectrum of personnel & functions across the project.

They safely and effectively manage a set of tasks and are operationally responsible for their outcome. They will report directly to the Construction Manager.

They will work predominantly on site assisting in the construction management and delivery of major construction projects.

The Section Manager and Construction Manager are part of the Delivery Job Family and Operational Function, which is there to ensure delivery excellence, assurance and performance across all projects and opportunities from pre-project, early engagement and work winning through to detailed delivery.

All of our managers are part of our Engineering Enterprise and are aligned with our overall strategy to maximise Modern Methods of Construction, Digital Engineering and Early Engagement.

Key Deliverables and Accountabilities of a Construction Trainee

  • The foundation of competency for future construction and project managers, leaders and directors.
  • To learn and develop skills to enable management of a works section or package, from inception to completion.
  • To learn inter-professional skills, across functions, with designated time in key departments.
  • Developing core construction, engineering and planning skills, then supporting with skills aligned to works package process.
  • The principle being that, if you can manage a basic package, then you have learnt the fundamentals of Construction / Project Management to take forward.  The process is the experience and opportunity then become the vehicle for development.
  • Follows safe working practices, demonstrating a duty of care to yourself and others, controlling healthy, productive & enjoyable delivery of work.
  • Understands the necessity to recognise risk and comply with approved methods of working.
  • Understand key Quality Assurance principles and utilise inspection procedures and Field view.
  • Has an understanding of the procedures that govern Temporary Works & Lifting.
  • Interrogates design information and determine if there are sufficient details to construct the works.  Raises concerns with supervising managers & engineers.
  • Has a basic knowledge of how to operate the 3D model and its use in relation to the project.


We have roles available in the North West, South East, London, and the South West

Apprenticeship Level and Standard 

Construction site supervisor Level 4 (3 years) then on to Construction site management degree (3 years). Successful candidates will start at Level 4 and move on to the Level 6-degree qualification.  

Apprenticeship Provider  

  • London South Bank University 
  • Salford University 

Entry Grades 

Applicants must have either: 

  • 3 A Levels must include Maths and a Science Subject
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a construction related subject (Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction and Built Environment etc)

Entry requirements

We are looking for candidates who meet the following criteria: 

  • You must be eligible to work in the UK with a valid work permit
  • Entry grades will be listed within each job description and they will differ from role to role
  • To qualify for this programme, you will need to have a minimum of three A-Levels/or equivalent

The Laing O'Rourke Professional Apprenticeship Programme - what can you expect?

Our professional apprenticeship programme has been developed to ensure you are supported throughout every step of your journey, combining work-based experience with off-the-job training. You will be stretched, challenged and supported by a business that views your professional development and formal qualification as a priority. 

Our programme will provide a fully funded day or block release Level 4 (HNC) and Level 6 (degree) apprenticeship in your chosen vocation, while working as a full time Laing O'Rourke employee. It will also include a series of bespoke development modules, and technical training opportunities, strategically placed to support you at key stages of your apprenticeship journey.

During the programme you will work across a range of projects, which will offer the breadth and variety to support your occupational competency and will contribute towards the achievement of your apprenticeship and professional accreditation.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive salary 
  • Fully paid-for degree apprenticeship
  • Private medical insurance 
  • Pension
  • Company mobile phone and laptop
  • Doctor@Hand, a 24hr virtual GP service
  • Employee discounts, via Reward Gateway 
  • Discounted Pure Gym membership 
  • 33 days' paid holiday during each holiday year
  • Employee Assistance Programme – wellbeing, mental, financial and work advice 

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