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), sustainability, Carbon Capture, 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
  • Dedicated Mentor
  • Formal training and qualifications
  • Extensive training modules
  • Professional development
  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • £1,200 signing on bonus
  • Salary: £30,937pa (£33,045pa London)


  • Complete our internship programme Internships. Learn more here
  • A degree, preferably a 2:1, in any of the following engineering mechanical, electrical or chemical), sustainability, Carbon Capture, STEM, Geography, accounting and finance or business-based degrees.
  • Full, clean UK driving license for UK travel
  • Must be able to relocate
  • British citizen or UK settled status
  • 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

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 retain 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

  • Participate in our Internship program
  • Undertake a 4-9 week internship over the summer break 
  • Upon successful completion, transition to our graduate program


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
  • Completed our Internship program
  • Have completed a university degree within the last year or in your final year of study with a 2:1
  • Willing and able to relocate
  • Have a full UK driving license
What type of degrees are you looking for?

The programme is open to graduates from Engineering (mechanical electrical, chemical), Sustainability, Carbon Capture, 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 for Internships are now open. Learn more about our internship programme

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?

Heidelberg Materials UK has over 300 sites located across the 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 June.

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 Heidelberg Materials UK?
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.

Rachel Morse, graduate manager training programme participant

Rachel Morse - graduate programme participant

Rachel Morse, graduate programme participant

Rachel Morse talks about her experience on our graduate manager training programme, which is designed to train our future leaders and expand our team of specialists. Rachel explains how she is gaining the skills and knowledge for an exciting and rewarding career in construction, including working on some pioneering sustainability projects.


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 or apply via our internship page here.