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Early careers2020-01-10T17:17:58+01:00

We’re building amazing things. So can you.

Modern-day construction is almost unrecognisable from just ten years ago. The world is changing faster than ever. We’re looking for the next generation of talent to take us into a sustainable future.

The built environment continues to evolve and respond to people’s needs. To stay ahead, we need the best and the brightest young people as we move into the world of 5G, augmented reality, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Today construction means working with modern technology to develop more efficient construction sites and deliver smarter homes and workplaces for a hyper-connected population.

It means protecting the environment as we build, making buildings more energy efficient and boosting economic development for communities.

It’s time you got involved.

Why is construction so great?

Well, because every day is different. Every day brings new challenges and, best of all, you can point to what you’ve worked on and say, ‘I built that’.

When you come into construction – you’ll learn a whole host of skills that are useful for the rest of your life, including technical skills, negotiation, financial management and people management.

There are lots of young people working at McLaren, bringing their enthusiasm and talent to our projects and developing their careers for the future. You’ll be supported by lots of experienced people, ready to support your success every day.

If you’re ambitious and ready to be part of something fantastic, take a serious look at a rewarding career in construction.


The UK has Europe’s largest construction spend and growth percentage since 2017


Construction is the 2nd highest paid sector in the UK


The construction industry contributed £123bn to the UK economy in 2018 and is our largest sector
McLaren Career Opportunities


A great way to access a career in construction is to join an apprenticeship programme. We offer our apprenticeships to the best candidates only and we make sure that everyone gets the attention they need.

An apprenticeship gives you:

  • a recognised national qualification from a college or university – up to degree level
  • paid work with a construction company
  • the support of a mentor throughout your studies
  • on-the-job assessments
  • an apprenticeship manager and coordinator overseeing your progress

Through an apprenticeship with McLaren, depending on the type of apprenticeship you undertake, you can achieve anything from a diploma to a degree.

The apprenticeships we offer are at least 24 months long. A degree apprenticeship takes four to five years, followed by an end-point assessment. If you’re thinking about options for GCSEs or A levels, the minimum you will need is maths and English. A science or design technology qualification is also useful. If you’re considering attending college full time before starting an apprenticeship, a recommended course is the BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment Level 3.

Apprentices at McLaren Group

Where an apprenticeship programme is not available, we are happy to sponsor other qualifications.

Colleges and universities can provide more information about specific courses and apprenticeships.

Compare apprenticeship levels with other qualifications in the chart below:

Apprenticeship levelAcademic education levelTechnical education level
Intermediate Level 25 GCSE passes
Advanced Level 32 A level passesBTEC Level 3 Diploma
Higher Level 4First year of a degree programmeBTC Extended Diploma
Higher Level 5Foundation degree and aboveHNC Diploma
Higher / Degree Level 6Bachelors degree levelHND Diploma
Degree Level 7Masters degree level

What about graduates?

We welcome a number of graduates into the business each year, in various disciplines. Talk to us to find out more.

What about placements?

On a summer placement, you can spend time with our site teams, so that you know construction is the right choice for you. A job at the end of an apprenticeship isn’t guaranteed, but everyone who’s done an apprenticeship with McLaren has gone on to a full-time role with us.

What do our trainees have to say?

I believe it’s better to get the knowledge as you work.

As I’m going to be doing it for my working life, so I want to enjoy it. And with management, you’re never going to be out of work.

NathanNathan Anscomb, trainee site manager

Getting back into construction was something I wanted to do.

McLaren has an Investors in People accreditation. It takes a lot to get that, so they obviously care about their people, and it definitely shows. It’s a very professional, fun and supportive environment and the support from the people around me is great.

georgiaGeorgia Kay, proposals coordinator

I like seeing what’s behind the whole process and having an idea of how much a building costs.

With McLaren’s help my aim is to achieve a degree in quantity surveying or construction management.

aaronAaron Rayment-Davis, trainee estimator

It’s good to be put with a mentor who likes teaching someone. My line manager, the managing QS, encourages me to ask questions so I can develop.

I can use what I learn at university the next day at work, and what I learn on site helps me complete my modules at uni.

billyBilly Lewis, trainee quantity surveyor

If you would like to learn more about early careers at McLaren, the full brochure is available in pdf format.