Do you have the ambition to be a future leader?

Then our graduate trainee manager programme could be for you. The structured management programme is challenging but rewarding and gives you exposure to all areas of our business over a period of two or three years based in a variety of locations across the UK.  The programme provides graduates from various backgrounds with the opportunity to work alongside some of the most experienced and talented people in the construction industry.  The aim of our graduate programme is to develop the future leaders of our business. If you believe that you have the potential to be instrumental in the future of Heidelberg Materials, this is the perfect environment for you to develop your skills and knowledge to allow you to achieve your career aspirations.

Heidelberg Materials is committed to being a fair, respectful, and inclusive company, a place where you can be your best you. We celebrate individuality and recognise how a diverse workforce of different characters, backgrounds and skills helps our business to be stronger and more successful for everyone. We encourage a culture that values openness and transparency and recognises individual achievement.

For all our Graduate programmes we are looking for specialists in engineering (mechanical,   electrical or chemical), STEM, Geography, accounting and finance or business-based degrees.


  • The chance to gain experience across departments and business lines or in your chosen specialism
  • One to one coaching
  • Mentors
  • Formal training and qualifications
  • Extensive training modules
  • Professional development
  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package


A degree, preferably a 2:1, in any of the following engineering (mechanical, electrical, or chemical), STEM, geography, accounting and finance or business-based degrees.

  • Ability to express yourself through both verbal and written communication
  • Strong numerical, analytical, and reporting skills
  • Excellent IT skills, including the full suite of Microsoft applications
  • Full, clean UK driving licence for UK travel
  • Able to relocate
  • British citizen or UK settled status

The programme

Our graduate trainee manager programmes have been designed to attract, develop, and retain the graduates who will become our future leaders.  During the programme you will get the chance to participate in wider company development activities and project delivery as well as commit time to your professional development in role. We will support you with a variety of training modules and one-to-one coaching from managers and mentors.

To put yourself in the best possible position to get the most from the programme, you will need to have enthusiasm for personal and professional development and the determination to succeed.

We will equip you with an in-depth understanding of our business and the leadership, technical and people skills you’ll need as a future business leader. Real responsibilities, straight away from day one, you will be working alongside managers and employees in challenging and diverse roles that make a real contribution to our business outcomes.

Providing you with a long term career path, the graduate programme is only the first step in what could be a fulfilling career at Heidelberg Materials; within the two or three years, you are likely to be one of our frontline leaders within one of our 300 sites across the UK.

We are passionate about continued training and development we hire people with a view to retaining and developing them for the long term. That’s why throughout your career, your development will include a combination of on-the-job experiences, as well as frequent best-in-class training and educational programmes. Heidelberg Materials is a reputable company with a great working environment fast paced with an entrepreneurial approach. Your colleagues will be motivated and encourage you to take the lead whenever possible.

The process

  • Apply with your CV and covering letter
  • Video interview
  • Psychometric assessments
  • Insight day on site with an interview and presentation
  • Assessment day alongside
  • Offers and feedback
  • Salary


What are the eligibility requirements for the Graduate trainee management programme?

You are eligible to apply for the programme if you:

  • Are a British citizen or have a UK settled status
  • Have completed a university degree within the last two years, or are completing your final year of study with a 2:1
  • Are available to participate in all components of the selection process
  • Are willing and able to relocate
  • Have a full UK driving licence


What type of degrees are you looking for?

The programme is open to graduates from engineering (mechanical electrical, chemical), & STEM, geography, accounting and finance or business based

Do I need previous work experience to apply?

Previous work experience is desirable but not a requirement of the programme.

When do applications open/close?

Applications open in September. specific dates will be advised closer to the application opening date.

What do I need to do after submitting my application?

Make sure you monitor your email inbox regularly for any updates about the progress of your application. We will be in touch as soon as possible.

Where will I be working?

Hanson has over 300 sites located across , UK you may be asked to rotate to a number of these throughout your program, therefore you will need to hold a full UK driving licence by September.

How long does the Program run for?

The programme is designed as a two year program (with a possible 3rd year in cement)

Where can I find out more information about Hanson?

Visit our website

Am I guaranteed a role at the end of the programme?

You will be employed on a permanent contract and supported to move into a post graduate role at the end of the programme. In the last 2 years 100% of graduates completing our programme have moved onto the next step of their career with us.

Meet Miriam

Meet Miriam

After completing a master’s degree in chemical and process engineering, Miriam joined our graduate trainee management programme and works at our Ribblesdale cement works in Lancashire. She has been involved in a number of industry-leading projects, including a world first trial using hydrogen to create a net zero fuel mix to power a cement kiln at Ribblesdale and the proposed carbon capture and storage project at Padeswood.

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Maximise your summer break by discovering how you can put your degree to work

You will receive structured on the job training and develop new skills, working on real world projects.  Choose from a range of internships including engineering, business and finance project management.  On successful completion of your internship you could find yourself securing a graduate role 

To register your interest please email