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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.


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

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

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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