Early careers

Need a career that will nurture your ambitions?Great things start at ground level Whether you’re looking to develop your industry experience, or just starting out on your career journey, we offer a number of routes into our business for capable, can-do people. Whichever path you choose, you’ll be given opportunities to develop professionally and personally throughout your time with us.

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If you’re looking to develop your skills and earn a living while still completing your studies, an apprenticeship might be the way forward.

VolkerWessels UK offers a range of apprenticeship opportunities in both site and office based roles. Our apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain specific skills, as well as receiving classroom-based learning through a formal college programme, to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

Our apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete, depending on the level, skill and sector you wish to work in, and are tailored to suit the needs of the individual. We have relationships with external bodies, such as Construction Skills, colleges, universities and training providers to establish strong foundations for our apprenticeship frameworks.

At VolkerHighways we run an apprentice scheme for highways and lighting operatives across our highways and lighting maintenance contracts, in London and the South East.

Graduate programmes


Future leaders and innovators get off to a flying start with VolkerWessels UK’s graduate and placement opportunities. Our graduate programmes are a three-year experience designed to maximise the skills and abilities graduates need to excel in their chosen field. We recruit graduates on their potential and give them the opportunity to develop within a structured framework programme. Graduate opportunities are available in:

Engineering: Our engineering graduates have the opportunity to develop innovative engineering and construction solutions across a range of disciplines, on some of the UK’s biggest construction projects.

Quantity surveying: We offer an excellent opportunity to develop the skills needed to become a leading quantity surveyor. You will receive training and mentorship from some of the industry’s best, ensuring your ability to manage and control the costs of major multidisciplinary projects from tender to post completion.

Construction management: Our graduates have the opportunity to work across the UK on some of the biggest and most complex projects, working with some of the best project managers, designers and in-house service teams to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Corporate services: Our corporate services graduates help us provide the unique support that our business needs to achieve its objectives, whilst ensuring consistency of information, systems and procedures across the group. We also offer a combination of programmes that can lead to professional accreditations.

Work placements and experience

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Work placements are a fantastic way to experience a taste of life in our industry without having to commit to a specific path. VolkerWessels UK offers a number of work experience and placement opportunities, including summer and one year placements.

VolkerWessels UK’s summer placement programme provides students with the opportunity to build on their technical knowledge within a site environment. During the placement, students are allocated a project, giving them experience of managing a project through to completion. We ensure students receive regular feedback on their progress and, some are offered the opportunity to join us once they have completed their university studies.

For university students, our one year industry placement programmes focus on on-the-job learning, to complement their university course. Placements focus on technical skills and the progression towards increasing responsibility. Those who show consistent progress might be considered for employment post-graduation, via our graduate programme.

To enquire about a placement opportunity please complete our Education Engagement request form.

The 5% Club

VolkerWessels UK is a member of The 5% Club. We are committed to ensuring that a minimum of 5% of our total workforce consists of apprentices, sponsored students or graduates on formal training schemes.

To apply for our graduate or apprenticeship programmes, or to view our vacancies, please click here.

Inspiring the next generation

We are looking to build strong and meaningful relationships with schools in the vicinity of our work sites and offices. If you would like to request support from VolkerWessels UK, please visit our Education Engagement pages for more information.