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Summer & Industrial Placements

Our Summer and Industrial Placement programme is designed for the brightest and most ambitious undergraduates. You will benefit from the opportunity to your academic studies with an engaging series of work placements that will give you a head start as you enter the world of work.


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At Laing O’Rourke we have opportunities for undergraduates to complete an 8-16 week placement during the summer of 2017. Our Summer Placement Scheme is the perfect place for people who are passionate about construction to achieve their ambitions. It not only gives you insights into our world-class project based business, but you could soon find you’re on your way to a challenging and rewarding career that’s full of potential. Perform well enough, and you may get a chance to join our Graduate Development Programme.

Our aim is to provide you with valuable hands on experience and to develop skills to aid you with your university education. You will be given the guidance and support you need to ensure you make the most of your placement, with structured training and group activities to compliment the practical abilities you’ll gain within your chosen function. We want you to make a valid contribution to the business, so in order that you develop quickly, you will be given real responsibility as early as possible.

We understand that flexibility is important to you and therefore we have designed our scheme to fit in with your summer plans. A core six-week programme (dates for 2017 tbc) has been designed and for you to gain the most value from the scheme, we ask that you are available for the duration. You can extend your placement with us before or after these dates to suit both your and the project needs, but we ask that you join us for a minimum of eight weeks to gain the most from your placement.

We are currently looking for exceptional and focused undergraduates that want to specialise in either civil engineering or quantity surveying. 

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Helpful documents

Early talent programme brochure

Click here to read the early talent programme brochure.

Guide for parents and teachers

Click here to read the guide for parents and teachers.

A day in the life

John Dunn applied to our placements programme after hearing about it through his tutor at university.

I think I was the only person to apply from my course, but it's been worth it. Right now I'm working on the Metrolink extension.

"I was halfway through my first year, when my tutor mentioned this programme to us. I think I was the only person to apply from my course, but it’s been worth it. Right now I’m working on the Metrolink extension and it’s good to know that when this is complete, I can say ‘I was part of that’. But I’m also looking forward to the other placements, and I’m even hoping to do a 12-month placement. It really is an amazing experience and a great way to learn about the business and grow my skills."

John Dunn
Quantity Surveyor

Career progression

Students who complete a placement with us are encouraged to apply for our graduate programme.  This runs over two and half years and is designed to bring out the best in you and push you to your full potential as a future leader of our business.

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Summer & Industrial Placements

Entry requirements & application process

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

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