Placements & Student Sponsorship

Placements are your opportunity to develop new skills and build on the theory you are learning.

Placements & work experience

Placements are your opportunity to develop new skills and build on the theory you are learning. You’ll get to start developing a professional network, while enjoying the feeling of camaraderie that comes from working in one of our highly-experienced teams.

Placements are also a great way to decide if construction is the career for you – and if you are interested in a future career at Sir Robert McAlpine.

While you’re getting to know us, we’ll be learning more about you. Placements are our opportunity to assess your skills, progress and potential.

  • Make the most of your summer

    Looking for a summer placement? You can spend 8 to 12 weeks with us over the holidays – gaining hands-on experience to complement your studies on a relevant degree.

    Meet some of our placement students
  • Day release – part-time study

    Want to blend construction experience with higher education? We offer day release study opportunities if you want to undertake a part-time degree or qualification.

    Meet some of our day release students
  • Sandwich placements

    If you’re on a sandwich course, we can offer you a 6 to 12 month Industrial Training placement. This will equip you with in-depth project experience to help make your mark.

    Meet some of our sandwich students

Student sponsorship

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We’re proud to offer student sponsorship as part of our commitment to developing the next generation of high-calibre industry professionals. If you have a strong academic record and you can demonstrate your future potential, you could follow in the footsteps of hundreds of undergraduates who’ve started their career with our support.


  • Earn while you learn - Enjoy financial and technical support through your studies.

  • Expand your knowledge - Develop your experience on summer placements and/or through an Industrial Training year.

  • Professional development - Join us in a permanent role after you graduate – and begin your journey to chartered status.

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