FAQs about our early careers programmes

Some questions we’ve been asked about our apprentice, graduate and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships (Trainees) programmes.

When will I find out if my application has been successful? 

The time it takes for us to respond to your application can vary but we aim to respond within one month of the advert closing date.

Can I apply for more than one role?   

We would recommend that you apply for the role that interests you most. If you would like to be considered for another role too, or we feel your skills might be better suited to another position, we'll discuss this with you.  

If I've been unsuccessful, can I apply again?   

If you haven't been successful in your application, you can't be considered for an alternative position for that same year. You'll only be eligible to re-apply for the following year's vacancies. 

Can I receive feedback on my application? 

Yes. You can request feedback from the Emerging Talent Team at any stage of the recruitment process.  

Where will my assessment centre be held? 

Trainee and apprentice assessment centres will take place in the location of the role. Graduate assessment centres take place at our head office in Leavesden, Watford.  

If I'm successful at gaining a place on an assessment centre, will my travel costs be reimbursed?    

Yes. When we send you your official invitation for the assessment day, we'll also include information about how we reimburse your travel costs. 

If I'm successful, where will I be based?

We have offices and project sites all around the UK. Our trainee and apprentice locations will appear on the job advert, so look out for these when you apply. As a graduate, you'll need to be flexible when it comes to location. This is particularly important for our graduates as we offer the opportunity to rotate.

I have a disability, can adjustments be made?

If you have any kind of disability, we can adapt the selection process to allow you to perform at your best. You'll need to declare this on your application so a member of our team can contact you to discuss and understand your needs. If you would like to talk to a member of the team before submitting an application, please email us.

I graduated a few years ago, can I still apply for the Graduate position?  

Yes, we welcome applications from anyone who has graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate course. Our Graduate roles support our new employees so they are able to develop the skills, qualities and capabilities required to have a long and fulfilling career at Skanska. Therefore, our Graduate positions tend to be most beneficial to those with less work experience, particularly in the field which they are hoping to go into, but if you are thinking of changing career or are returning to work we would be keen to hear from you.

What does Skanska's drug and alcohol policy mean for me?

You will be working in an environment that has significant risks to the health and safety of you and your colleagues. Therefore, we will not tolerate any employee who arrives for work under the influence of drugs (including legal highs) or alcohol. All Skanska UK employees, regardless of job, location or level are subject to testing throughout the year. This may be random or “with cause” (if your manager suspects you may be under the influence or an accident or incident has taken place). 

In addition to this information, we provide a leaflet when you join Skanska which sets out our expectations but also helps you understand that some drugs can stay in your system for months (such as cannabis, which accumulates over time). Every unit of alcohol you drink takes at least an hour to leave your body. That means you could test positive the morning after drinking or a week or more after taking some types of drugs. 

I want to apply for a Higher and Degree Apprenticeships (Trainees) or apprentice position but I've already completed Duke of Edinburgh. Does this matter?  

If you've already completed a Duke of Edinburgh Award then that's great news as it's a great starting point for your future career with us. We can either support you to achieve a higher level, or we can support you with some similar activities without repeating what you've already done. It might be a fantastic opportunity to do some extra volunteering.

How will Covid-19 impact my candidate experience?

We may adjust the process to ensure the safety of our candidates and colleagues. This may mean your assessment centre takes place virtually instead of face-to-face. If you have any issues with technology or concerns around access to a suitable device, please contact us when invited to the assessment centre.

We think it is important for you to see where you will be working so, if it is safe to do so, we would invite you to the work place for a tour should you be successful at the assessment centre.

Last updated: 04/06/2024