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Development & Application

Find out more about what to expect from the application and selection process, hints and tips for writing your CV and attending an interview and read some of the most commonly asked questions about the recruitment process.

Entry requirements

We are looking for apprentices who meet the following criteria:

  • Ideally you will have achieved 3 GCSEs (preferably grades A-C) or have a minimum of six months work experience within the construction industry.

  • A willingness to work away from home during study periods and as your work requires

Selection process & application

Seven steps to joining Laing O'Rourke

Our selection process is broken down into manageable stages and is designed to give you an opportunity to find out if Laing O'Rourke is the right company for you as well as giving us the opportunity to select the very best apprentices.

  • Step 1

    Apply online

    Complete the online application form and upload a copy of your CV and covering letter

  • Step 2


    The most suitable application will be added to a shortlist. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email.

  • Step 3

    Telephone interview

    You will be invited to partake in a telephone interview held by one of our assessors.

  • Step 4

    Assessment centre

    If successful at telephone interview, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre at one of our central offices in Dartford, Manchester, Eurocenteral or Explore Industrial Park in Worksop.

  • Step 5

    Offer of employment

    Providing you are successful at the assessment centre, you will receive a written, formal offer of employment.

  • Step 6

    Complete induction pack

    All offers of employment are subject to a medical questionnaire included in the induction pack.

  • Step 7

    First day at work

    Welcome to Laing O'Rourke!

Hints & tips

A successful application begins with an exciting CV and ends with an engaging interview. Here we provide some quick tips for job applicants to help you make the most of your strengths and ensure you stand out from the competition.

Your CV

The CV is your first opportunity to make an impression on a potential employer. So it is important that it provides the best possible showcase for your achievements.

It should be easy to read, using clear fonts, bullet points and concise language.

  • Start your employment history with the most recent position you have held.
  • Highlight your individual achievements - not just those where you have excelled as part of a team.
  • Provide details of your education and any relevant qualifications or training.
  • Explain any career gaps.
  • Always provide contact details.
  • Spell-check your CV and ask someone to proof read it for you.

Your interview

Preparation is the key to any successful interview. Interviews can be a stressful occasion but try not to let your nerves get the better of you. Remember: we want to meet you, find out more about you and give you the chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job.

Preparing for Interview

  • Check when and where your interview is. Make sure you know how to get there and allow time for potential travel delays.

  • Take some time to research our business and the industry.

  • Review your CV before your interview. Your interviewer will have it with them and will ask you questions about your experience and education

  • Think about your strengths and weaknesses, achievements and aspirations - and be ready to discuss them.

  • Be prepared to explain why you are interested in the role and why you believe you are suited to it.

  • Take time to think about the questions you would like to ask. Write them down and don't be afraid to bring them up with your interviewer.

On the day

  • Dress appropriately for the environment.

  • Maintain eye contact, confidence and energy levels throughout.

  • Engage with the interviewer and respond positively to their questions.

  • If you can reflect on your development so far, talk about what you have learnt and explain if there is anything you would have done differently, this will be viewed in a positive light.

  • Listen carefully to questions and think about your answers. If you don’t understand a question, ask your interviewer to explain it.

  • Keep your answers concise and relevant.

  • Refer to specific examples where you can demonstrate your knowledge and experience

Frequently asked questions

When will I receive feedback from my application?

You will receive feedback within 30 days of submitting your CV.

Can I update my CV on your system?

Yes, you can log into your account via our website to edit or upload new information.

I have entered the wrong contact details on your system how do I change them?

You can log into your account via our website to edit your information.

Do you show a preference to internal applicants?

Laing O'Rourke recognises the importance of promoting within and giving opportunity to employees. However, it is in our interests to recruit the very best available talent and the candidate most suited for a position.

Who do I contact if I have a question about a vacancy?

Please email queries to

Who will contact me regarding my interview?

Should you be invited to attend an interview then the hiring manager or a member of the human resources team will contact you directly.

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