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FAQs about our early careers programmes

Some questions we’ve been asked about our apprentice, graduate, intern and trainee 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 and intern assessment centres take place at our head office in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.  

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.

I’m on a Tier 4 (General) student visa, can I apply to your graduate and internship programmes?

We can consider your application for our graduate and intern programmes if you’re in full time education in the UK under the Tier 4 (General) student visa. The current regulations can allow temporary employment during your university holidays, allowing you to join us as an intern, but there can be further restrictions when it comes to our graduate programmes.

We can only sponsor candidates for certain graduate roles and an eligibility criteria set by the home office must be met. Whilst we may be able to offer you a position, if the role does not meet the criteria then we will not be able to sponsor your visa. 

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 an intern or 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 five years ago. Can I still apply for a graduate position?  

Yes, we accept applications from anyone who has graduated within the past five years.  

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 trainee 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.

Last updated: 19/07/2017