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School & College Leavers

We're looking for bright and motivated school leavers who want a career in engineering, construction,commercial management or information technology.


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This is your opportunity to challenge thinking, change the world around us, and help create amazing buildings and infrastructure.  We are looking for exceptional school or college leavers to fill roles within the following specialist areas: Civil Engineering, Digital Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Human Capital, Procurement and Estimating, Planning, Business/Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing.

On our school and college leaver programme, your capabilities will be recognised and rewarded. Most importantly, you will be encouraged to continue learning throughout your career with a programme of up to five-years that combines academic learning with on-the-job training. You will be stretched, challenged and supported by a business that views your professional development as a priority.

Our programme will provide a fully funded accredited day-release HNC and/or degree in their chosen area of interest while working as a Laing O’Rourke employee. It will also include a series of in-house modules, aimed at exposing you to the latest developments in construction and engineering. During the programme you will work across a range of businesses and projects, which will offer the breadth and variety to support your career progression and will contribute towards your professional development and you will be part of the some of the most exciting future construction and infrastructure projects.

Helpful documents

A guide to careers

Click here to read our guide to the roles we have at Laing O'Rourke.

Early talent programme brochure

Click here to download our early talent programme brochure.

Guide for parents and teachers

Click here to read the guide for parents and teachers.

A day in the life

Racheal Umunna joined our school and college leavers programme in 2014 after completing a two-year BTEC in Construction.

"I really wanted to work in construction, and I think that was the case from a very early age – my father was an engineer!"

I had previously gone to university, but the course I did wasn’t for me. I really wanted to work in construction, and I think that was the case from a very early age as my father was an engineer. So I left uni and then took a two-year BTEC in Construction. Only recently I’ve been assigned to a new project to help transform primary schools in Manchester. I’ve got lots of autonomy, and it’s also important to know that I can make a difference doing what I do.

Racheal Umunna

Programme structure

Our School and College Leaver programme is designed to nurture and develop, opening up various different opportunities across the UK.  At its centre  is a structured training programme with a series of different modules that help you to gain key skills.

The programme is designed to bring out the best in you and push you to your full potential as future leaders of our business.  Through a combination of practical experience, technical learning and professional development, you’ll get the right blend of personal and professional skills. You will enjoy strong support from line managers and a large peer group network. We will work closely with you to develop clear career goals, expand your skills and assist you in working towards the relevant chartership.

Years 1 & 2 development focus

  • Learning how to do your job, understanding how your project works and becoming familiar with the people who work alongside you
  • Progressing with your professional qualification and university qualification

Years 3 – 5 development focus

  • Socialising you into the wider LOR business
  • Progressing with your professional qualification and university qualification
  • Providing opportunities for you to add value for yourself and for LOR

(Programme aligns with Graduate Development Programme)

Rewards & benefits

  • Fully paid-for undergraduate degree
  • Company car dependant on performance
  • Private medical
  • Pension
  • Log-by store discount scheme
School & College Leavers

Entry requirements & application process

Does our School and College Leaver programme sound interesting? Head over to the requirements and application page to find out more.  

Requirements & Application

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