Tarmac Early Careers

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Tarmac early careers. Jobs and so much more.


Early careers at Tarmac More than meets the eye, more than just a job We’re the largest construction materials company in the UK, owned by the global brand CRH. There’s so much more to us than meets the eye – with a variety of roles that will suit your lifestyle. We have opportunities based outdoors on site, in one of our offices or you can even find yourself a role that is a mix of both! Joining Tarmac will give you a chance to build a successful career, shape the world we live in and enjoy yourself in work. We’re proud of the connections we have with our local communities as we work to build a more sustainable future for our country, and we want you to feel that pride when you join us.

Our approach to early careers We hire graduates and apprentices into our business to help take us forward – forget the old-school mindset of ‘making the teas’, we’ll empower you from day one to bring fresh, new ideas and ways of working. Career development and progression is what’s on offer, and we’ll work alongside you to shape a future career in Tarmac.


Tarmac at a glance Leading

materials capability


people within our organisation


Contracting and Highways Services


Offsite manufacturing Building products Aggregates Readymix Pre-cast Cement Asphalt Lime 4


Fleet vehicles


Tarmac trains daily


Recycling/RAP plants


Cement plants


Marine wharves


Lime plants




Building products sites


Marine dredgers


Readymix plants


Contracting depots


Asphalt plants

Our business areas Diversity of areas We haven’t got enough space to take you through all the different business areas and to work in is part teams to work in we offer, you can get the full of Tarmac’s unique picture on our careers website. Here are some of the key areas you can come offering. in and add value as an early careers recruit. Finance A profession people don’t naturally associate with construction, but an opportunity for you to be heavily embedded in our business, making key strategic decisions to support operational success.

Land and Natural Resources A team who have a huge influence on how and where we operate. You’ll learn from and work with highly qualified professionals including geologists and estates managers, with a strong focus on ensuring we work sustainably.

Technology Help us take that next step towards the future, as we look to embed technology across a variety of areas in our business to drive optimisation. We’re always on the lookout for new ways of working and different ideas to help us progress.

Commercial We put so much effort into develop high-quality, sustainable products, it only makes sense to have brilliant commercial teams helping us make sales. You might work strategically to explore new markets, our become an expert in a specific product or service.

Operations The heartbeat of what we do, you’ll keep our 150-year legacy going strong, helping to produce and deliver sustainable construction solutions across the whole of the UK. A business area with hundreds of great roles.

Engineering You’ll help keep our business running efficiently and effectively in all the key areas. From mechanical and electrical to chemical and process engineering, the scope to acquire new experiences almost daily is vast.



What we offer How we will support you You’re likely to be wondering ‘what’s in it for me?’ We know that as soon as you join, you’ll want to start building skills and developing yourself straight away - well, we have you covered! We’re committed to giving you the best possible support to help you succeed in your career, which will vary from position to position. We offer a unique blend of formal learning and qualifications, ‘on the job’ experience and formal mentoring. We firmly believe we offer so much more than ‘just a job’. It’s a real career opportunity and we have a great range of benefits on offer across our graduate and apprenticeship positions.


Company car

Paid holiday days

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

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

Tech scheme

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

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)

Employee AssistanceProgramme (EAP)

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.

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

Core Skills Programme

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.

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 7

Life at TARMAC Tarmac has a clearly defined ‘purpose’, underpinned by a set of values and pillars which you’ll learn more about during the onboarding process. This helps every colleague understand their role as an individual in our organisation, as well as keeping us focused on who we want to be as an employer.


Inclusion and diversity

Safety is our top priority in all working environments at Tarmac. We’ll work with you to ensure you’re comfortable and familiar on how to work as safely as possible in your role – be that operational or office-based – and we are always reviewing our practices and keeping colleagues updated on the latest safety information all year round.

This is a core focus area of our business and something we’re constantly looking to develop for all colleagues. We have a clear vision to aspire to, as well as a variety of detailed activities which you can read about on our designated ‘Inclusion and Diversity’ page on our careers website. You’ll find our list of employee communities which have been put in place to provide safe spaces for colleagues in different groups to network, connect and feel at home!

Sustainability We recognise that the construction industry has a huge responsibility to always operate as sustainably as possible. Whatever your role, we’re always looking to drive sustainability where we can, whether that’s ensuring our processes are as efficient as possible or giving volunteering time to work on sustainable community projects. 8

Our Graduate offering


Degree Required

Environmental Graduate




IT Graduate




General Management



Electrical, Mechanical, Process/Chemical

Land & Natural Resources

Real Estate, Surveying


Civil Engineering based discipline


Our Apprenticeship offering Apprenticeships are a gateway to a successful career and pending your chosen occupational area, will be just the start of your professional learning. Below are our programme types for 2024, with further details available online once vacancies are open.

Apprenticeship Level


Trainee Electrician



Mechanical Apprentice


Buxton, Dunbar

Electrical Apprentice


Buxton, Dunbar

Trainee Fitter



Operations Management






Trainee Operative



Trainee Assistant Accountant



Trainee Quantity Surveyor


Burton upon Trent, Medway, Norwich

Trainee Supervisor


Burton upon Trent, Newbury, Durham

Minerals Technician


Burton upon Trent, Solihull, Manchester



Selection & Assessment We’re passionate about giving our candidates the best possible experience possible and we review and tailor our application process each year, to keep on improving. Take a look below what to expect when applying for an apprenticeship or graduate programme, and what happens next if you’re successful. Before starting your application, please check the eligibility to apply. See below:

Graduate STEP





Most of our graduate programmes accept applications from any discipline. The exception will be Engineering & Technical programmes.


If you’re applying for an apprenticeship programme, you’ll need to meet the minimum educational requirements of the apprenticeship framework. These will vary and are listed on our job adverts.


You’ve identified the role you wish to apply for. Follow the link on the advert to register and create a profile on our ‘Careers Hub’ and complete our short application.

Careers conversation


Following a review of your application, we’ll be in touch to advise of the outcome, and pending success, we’ll set up a short conversation to understand more about you and your motivations.


Interview and Assessment



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We’ll be holding face to face interview days, where you’ll complete a series of activities and meet the team.

following your attending we’ll let you know the outcome within 5 working days.



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