Welcome to our guide to starting a career with Sir Robert McAlpine.

Here you can find a wealth of information about what it’s like to work in an industry and a business with so many different opportunities. Watch or read about some of our Apprentices and Graduates, as they share how they’ve progressed since starting their career with us.

We’ve got information about routes into the industry and some of the opportunities, qualifications and career pathways available to you.

We’ve also included a useful Q&A for parents and guardians – to answer some of their questions about choosing apprenticeships as an alternative to university. And we’ve added links to some great online resources  where you can find out more.


Early careers 

Start your working life with Sir Robert McAlpine through one of our early careers routes and become part of our family.

We know that a diverse workforce is a strong and innovative workforce and we have opportunities for Apprentices, Sponsored Students and Graduates across a range of both on site and office-based roles. Our ambition is to be the Best Place to Work and the Best Builder in the UK and your talent, potential and enthusiasm can be part of making this happen!

You can register your interest and be the first to hear about our opportunities, by submitting a few details.
Take a look below to find out more!

Routes into the industry

Route 1 - Apprenticeship Scheme

Our apprenticeships are part of a structured scheme lasting between 12-66 months (role dependant). You'll be paid to fulfil a role that supports the qualification that you'll work towards.

What you need to apply:


Tip: You'll need 3 GCSE's A*-C for most apprenticeships - we recommend taking Science, Maths and Technology subjects

A-Levels / T-Levels 

Tip: T-Levels are the new traineeships and provide extended work experiences for those at College to prepare them for the world of work.

Work experience

Tip: Work experience is a great way to get an insight and feel for the industry. Approach employers and ask to come to site to look around!

Route 2 - Graduate Scheme

Our Graduate Scheme is a 2-year structured scheme, supporting the application of the learnt theory into a practical role. Developing your leadership and management skills whilst getting support to work towards chartership. 

What you need to apply:


Tip: You'll need 3 GCSE's A*-C for most apprenticeships - we recommend taking Science, Maths and Technology subjects

A-Levels / T-Levels

Tip: T-Levels are the new traineeships and provide extended work experiences for those at College to prepare them for the world of work.

University Degree & Work experience

Sponsored Students

Tip: Join an employer for a paid 8-12 week placement over the summer. Work hard and show initiative and you may be offered sponsorship where you'll received bursary payments to help with tuition and accommodation.

Industrial Placement

Tip: Industrial placement students spend an extended period of paid work experience (typically 12 months) to supplement their degree with professional development.

The Application Process

Our Apprenticeships include:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Building Services
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Digital Engineering
  • Mechanical and Electrical
  • Construction Management
  • Trades; including bricklaying and plastering
  • Geospatial (Land Surveying)
  • Support Function

About you! Generally speaking, and depending on your scheme:

  • Have the equivalent of 5 GCSEs, grades A*-C or 9-4, including Maths, Science and English
  • Have 2 A-levels or a relevant BTEC qualification Merit or above (applies to higher apprenticeships only)
  • Be organised and able to work well to deadlines
  • Be interested in getting it right the first time
  • Have an interested in the latest technology and innovation to find solutions
  • Be prepared to work within a team and tasks on your own.
  1. Step 1 - Apply

    Visit srm.com/careers for all vacancies, submitting your CV and Cover Letter. Vacancies are available from January.

  2. Step 2 - Interview

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to one of our offices for an interview or assessment centre.

  3. Step 3 - Offer

    If successful you will be notified by a member of the recruitment team that you're about to join the SRM family!

Learn about Early Careers opportunities with us

Whether you’re a school leaver, student or graduate, we can provide the perfect launch pad for your career.

Find out more

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Want to find out why more and more people are choosing an apprenticeship over university? Not sure what you want to do? Or wondering how to convert your interests into qualifications?

We’ve listed  some of the most popular apprenticeships we offer as part of our commitment to supporting people to progress in their chosen field. Find out what it means to be a ‘Quantity Surveyor’ or ‘Geospatial Technician’ and how one of our apprenticeships could kick start your career!

  1. Groundworker

    Interested in being the first person onto a construction site, interpreting designs and making the preparations ready for building work to start.

    Read more about Groundworker
  2. Bricklayer

    Interested in learning a new skill that you can put into practice on site? Learn how to lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components.

    Read more about Bricklayer
  3. Digital Engineering Technician

    Interested in technology, virtual reality, business information modelling, 3/D & 4/D. Do you have 5 GCSE’s A-C, then you could start your career here.

    Read more about Digital Engineering Technician
  4. Business Administration

    Interested in undertaking a qualification with highly transferable skills? Undertaking roles in document control, project support and systems.

    Read more about Business Administration
  5. Data Analyst

    Interested in looking at Big Data? Collect, organise and study data to provide business insight and improvement recommendations. Do you have 3 A-Levels, start your career here!

    Read more about Data Analyst
  6. Human Resources

    Interested in a support function for those out on the projects? Become a professional in front line support, understand about employee relations and employment law.

    Read more about Human Resources
  7. Surveying Technician

    Interested in starting a career in Quantity Surveying? Do you have 5 GCSE’s A-C including Maths, then you could start your career here.

    Read more about Surveying Technician
  8. Cyber Security Technologist

    Technology minded? Interested in managing and dealing with cyber threats, hazards and risks to protect the organisation. Do you have 3 A-Levels, start your career here!

    Read more about Cyber Security Technologist

Information for Parents & Guardians - Q&A 

Understanding all the options to help guide your child through the different routes into the industry is key to supporting them in making the right decision. Here we do some myth busting on some of the queries around apprenticeships!

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships allow the combination of work and study by mixing on-the-job training while studying for a formal qualification. They'll be employed to do a real job, gaining valuable knowledge and skills, alongside undertaking their qualification – all while getting paid at the same time!

Will there be any tuition fees I need to make the College or University?

All tuition fees will be met by the employer, usually along with travel costs to/from the College or Uni, so there would be no cost for you as a parent or guardian

What are the different levels of apprenticeships available?

When people talk about ‘levels’ they are referring to the academic level of the apprenticeship, these relate to the various educational levels that most will already be familiar with:

Apprenticeship Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4 and 5  Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or Master's degree


Are there entry criteria?

Entry requirements will depend on the level of apprenticeship, any academic requirement should be clearly outlined in the job advert they are applying for. Typically for a level 3, they will need 5 GCSE’s and for a degree apprenticeship 2 or 3 A-levels.

Will their pay meet national minimum wage?

There is an apprentice NMW for those in the 1st year of their apprenticeship, most responsible employers, including SRM, will pay more than this. Starting salaries vary depending on the level of apprenticeship – this increases as they become more skilled. Their salary should always meet NMW from the 2nd year of their apprenticeship.

How many hours will they be required to work?

This will vary between employer, at SRM our site hours are 45 hours per week (Under 18’s are limited to 40 hours per week)

Will they be allowed to take holiday?

Yes, all apprentices will be entitled to the same holiday allowance as all employees – this is currently a generous 25 days!

How do we find out about apprentice opportunities and apply?

There are many places to find apprenticeship opportunities including (not going to Uni, gov.uk, indeed) all our apprentice vacancies can be found from January by visiting our careers portal 

More information about the different types of apprenticeships available from the Institute of Apprenticeships


Meet our apprentices

Want to know what it’s really like as a Sir Robert McAlpine trainee? Here, some of our current trainees talk about their careers to date, what subjects they studied before starting work and the qualifications they are working towards. Find out about the varied roles construction has to offer and what a typical day looks like for them.

  • Ciara Shaugnessy, Trainee Quantity Suveryor,

    "I am studying an accelerated BSc in Quantity Surveying – meaning I study one day a week, every week throughout the year as opposed to having a summer break, this allows me to complete the day-release course in a reduced timeframe. As part of my course I am working towards chartership, which requires me to complete my assessment of professional competence." 

    Read Ciara's Story
  • Ben Conroy, Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Manchester

    "I would like to become Chartered with The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) within the next few years. The potential path you can take within the contractor sector is to become a Quantity Surveyor then a Senior Quantity Surveyor and then a Commercial Manager."

    Read Ben's story
  • Thomas Hartley, Service Desk Analyst, Hemel Hempstead

    "One of my most recent and memorable highlights was when the business won the Dacorum Business Hero award for ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’. I was invited to attend the ceremony at the Shendish Manor Hotel where I collected the award and met other inspirational category winners. "

    Read Thomas's Story

What's it like to work on our projects?

Interested in finding out more?

We’ve included some links to useful websites below that will tell you more about Construction and Engineering! Click on the headings to find out more.

Go Construct The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. It is funded by the CITB levy and led by the industry

Tomorrows Engineers The Tomorrow's Engineers programme, led by the engineering community, provides a platform for employers to work effectively with schools to inspire more young people to consider a careers in engineering

STEM Improving lives through a world-leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics education

UCAS Apprenticeship information in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Institution of Civil Engineers Find out about the ICE as a professional institute

https://www.rics.org/uk/Find out about the RICS as a professional institute

Chartered Institute of Building Find out about the CIOB as a professional institute


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Early Careers

  1. apprentice


    We offer a range of apprenticeship opportunities, delivered in partnership with education providers at a local level.

    Read more about Apprenticeships
  2. Graduate opportunities

    Join us as a graduate and your career will begin with an industry-leading, structured development programme – leading to chartered status and preparing you for a leadership career.

    Read more about Graduate opportunities
  • Everyone is welcome!

    Family is an enduring value at Sir Robert McAlpine. We value and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique – and we understand that diverse teams are richer, more creative and productive.

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  • We're commited to our responsibilities

    We recognise our responsibilities in relation to all aspects of safety, sustainability, health, environment and quality and are committed to an exemplary level of performance across the SSHEQ discipline.

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