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Professional Apprenticeships

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.  


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/or 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. 

Helpful documents

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

Ellie joined our school and college leavers programme in 2017.

School and college leaver programme participant
I didn’t have a connection to the construction industry before joining Laing O’Rourke. I just love seeing the building going up, and knowing that I helped to make it happen."

“My parents work in finance, so I didn’t have a connection to the construction industry before joining Laing O’Rourke. I just love seeing the building going up, and knowing that I helped to make it happen.

My friends are a little jealous. They went to university and I didn’t. They can see how much I’m learning, developing and enjoying my job. I think some of them think they should have done this.”

Quantity surveyor

Programme structure

The programme is designed to bring out the best in you and push you to your full potential. 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 support from line managers, a mentor 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 achievement of your apprenticeship.   

Shaped over five academic years, the programme begins with a detailed induction into the business and is followed by a bespoke development module every spring and autumn. Each module is shaped and placed to have the most significant impact for you at that point of your apprenticeship journey. After each spring module, the focus turns to the academic requirements of your apprenticeship.

Quarterly tripartite reviews of your apprenticeship progress will take place between you, your workplace mentor and your training provider/university. This ensures you are on track, and these reviews will be used to identify any support required along the way.  

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   

Professional Apprenticeships

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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