What to expect from the Tarmac Graduate Scheme

Joining our graduate programme gives you the chance to build your own future, whilst helping us shape and develop a more sustainable future for the UK. You’ll learn from the best in the industry, receive formal training and qualifications, and be welcomed into a family and culture which supports you to enjoy yourself and excel at work.

We offer a wide variety of schemes ranging from purely office or site-based positions, to a blend of both. There’s much more than meets the eye to our business and we’re proud of the opportunities we offer for those who are passionate about developing themselves, meeting great people and take pride in a job well done!

So much more than roads. Tarmac, building our world.

Applications for our Graduate Programmes within our Cement, Lime and Packed business area, are now open. We'll be opening all other programmes on Monday 13th November. If you're looking to pursue a non-engineering programme, we'd love for you to register your interest. By doing so, we'll let you know full details of programmes, base locations and when applications are open.

Our recruitment timeline for our Graduate development programmes will be:

Cement, Lime and Packed Engineering Programmes - Applications Open - 06 November 2023

Cement Lime and Packed General Management & Sustainability/Environmental Programmes - Applications Open - 06 November 2023

All other Graduate Programmes - Applications open 13th November 2023

Applications Close - 31st December 2023

Final Assessment Stages - February 2024

Our people, your future!

Hear from some of our high performers within Tarmac who started out as graduates themselves. From career progression insights to top tips on how to be successful within Tarmac, our colleagues give you an idea of what the future might look like when you apply for our graduate scheme.

What's in it for you?

Supporting you into what is most likely your first job out of university is our top priority. We’ll back you all the way and make sure that you feel welcomed and valued. We’re proud to be a business that works hard and provides for the UK, and that means we’re striving to keep you happy in your job.

From a highly competitive graduate salary and a broad range of benefits, to formal training and qualifications support, we understand that you need to know what you’re getting when you join the Tarmac Graduate Scheme.

Here’s an insight into what we offer to our graduates in terms of the key benefits to expect, as well as training, qualifications and soft skills development which vary from role to role.

How we support you

Company car

Role dependent, you'll be given a company car or van for when you're out and about travelling between different sites and locations.

Paid holiday days

Don't panic, we understand work-life balance is very important so your holiday allowance for the year is not taken out of your salary.

Tarmac Reward

Enjoy discounts for a wide variety of retailers, ranging from Apple and John Lewis to Currys and Adidas.

Tech scheme

​Get the latest tech at the best price, and spread the payments over your salary interest free.


Right from joining, you'll be eligible for our company-wide bonus based on how we've been performing as a way of saying thank you for your efforts.


Get access to our online portal with exercise classes, recipes and a range of other features - your wellbeing matters to us. Access to join our Employee Communities inc. BAME; LGBTQ+; Working Parents.

Save as you earn (SAYE)

We'll help you create a saving plan to help you manage your money to get you that first car, house or even on that holiday you've been eying up.

Employee Assistance Programme

We'll provide you with completely free confidential support and counselling if you need it. Anything from emotional support and family relationships, to legal information and work and career support.

Industry qualifications

​Depending on the role you take, we'll work with you to make sure you get the best training and relevant qualifications for your area of work.

Core skills programme

Every graduate and higher apprentice will be placed on our prestigious core skills programme, providing you with the opportunity to develop your network, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, team build, focus on sustainability and manage projects.

Meet our graduates

Hear from a selection of our early careers community on what life is like at Tarmac, how they find their roles and what to look forward to when you join our business!


Andrew - IT graduate


Emma - general management graduate


Aran - assistant finance manager


Rebecca - general management graduate


Kelsey - sustainability advisor
Rob - sustainability construction advisor

How to apply

To be eligible to apply for a graduate programme with us, you’ll need:

  • A degree.

  • An appetite to continue to learn whilst building a career with us.

  • A sense of pride about who you are and what you bring to the table. We value difference and want you to feel empowered to be yourself in our business!

We’re passionate about giving you the best candidate experience possible which is why we review and tailor our application process each year to keep improving. Have a look at what to expect when applying for the scheme and what happens next if you are successful:

Apply online

Application journey

Apply for our graduate vacancies here

Check out the variety of vacancies we have on offer


Keep Tarmac running and improving behind the scenes in one of our offices. You’ll often hear these referred to as ‘corporate functions’. From finance and marketing, to IT, HR and procurement, you’ll help Tarmac run as efficiently as possible and help us move forward as a business. There are jobs and so much more on offer here.


Operational roles are the heartbeat of Tarmac, producing and providing materials to build a more sustainable future. From engineering and quarry management to HGV drivers and machine operators, take pride in helping us build the UK. Roads, buildings, hospitals and offices – we do it all.


We need to keep that link between the operational business and corporate functions. Join us in commercial, technical and a variety of different jobs to experience both office and site-based work. You’ll help us make sure we’re all on the same page and experience a role where no two days are the same!

Parents and teachers

Unsure of whether we are right for your child or student? We understand – it's natural to be cautious and we know that supporting graduates and apprentices through the transition from school or university to the world of work can be stressful!

We’re here every step of the way! We’ll run Q&A sessions throughout our annual early careers recruitment campaign giving you the opportunity to get involved and find out more. Alternatively, you can email our resourcing team.
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