Graduate Scheme FAQs
Can I apply if I don't have a property-related degree?
We look for graduates that have skills and experience that are relevant to the departments that you wish to apply for. A relevant degree puts you in a strong position but is not essential. If you do not have a relevant degree, we would expect you to demonstrate through your CV and application that you have picked up knowledge and skills that you could apply to the role. For instance, you may have relevant work experience, or completed useful courses in addition to your degree. Certain departments are less reliant on a property-related degree, however we would expect applicants for these roles to be able to demonstrate some knowledge and passion for the property industry.
Can I apply for more than one department
You are able to submit multiple applications to apply to more than one department if you feel that your qualifications and experience are relevant to more than one area of the business. However, we would recommend that you carefully research the area you are interested in and select the department you feel is most suitable for you.
What type of graduate are you looking for?
We seek to recruit the most talented graduates and undergraduates at the very beginning of their careers, to convert academic learning into practical development skills.
We look for people who:
- Have a degree in a relevant subject
- Demonstrate talent, drive and enthusiasm
- Are confident, articulate, dynamic and commercially aware
- Have a true passion for the industry
- Can quickly develop practical skills and knowledge
Are there any age restrictions?
No, anyone can apply for the Berkeley Graduate Scheme as long as they meet the minimum academic requirements. To be considered for a graduate role, candidates will need to have graduated within the past two years. If you have more experience than this you may wish to consider applying to a role advertised on our Experienced Hire page.
How do I apply and what is the recruitment process?
Applications now open.
Apply online. Complete the online application form. We recommend that you prepare your responses in advance in a word processing programme in order to check spelling and word counts. We receive many applications for the scheme and the overall quality is very high. We recommend that you research the Berkeley Group and our developments. The most successful candidates put time into answering the questions on the application form and demonstrate a genuine interest in the company.
If successful attend an assessment centre; If successful you will be invited to attend a half day assessment centre at one of our offices. The initial assessment centre will be looking at candidate’s values, beliefs, outlook and behaviour to ensure they fit within Berkeley’s culture. You will undertake a number of tasks both in groups and individually to demonstrate your skills.
If successful attend a final interview and assessment centre; If successful you will be invited to attend a final half day assessment centre at one of our offices. These assessment centres will be attended by the directors from the divisions, they will include individual and group tasks along with a panel interview and pre-prepared presentation to our Directors.
If successful you will receive a job offer; Successful applicants will receive a job offer within a week of attending your final interview and assessment centre.
Can I update or amend an application form once it has been submitted?
Unfortunately you will not be able to make changes to your application form once it has been submitted. We would strongly advise that you prepare your response in advance in a word processing programme in order to check spelling and word counts. If you wish to amend any personal details then please contact: email@example.com
Can I apply if I do not have a visa to work in the UK?
The Berkeley Group is an equal opportunities employer. Unfortunately we are unable to sponsor visa applications. If you require a visa to work in the UK you must obtain this independently and provide evidence of this visa before the start of the programme.
Where will I be based?
You will be based in one of our offices or construction sites in London, Birmingham or the South East . You should be prepared to move between offices and sites based upon business needs. Every effort will be made to ensure that you are placed in the most practical region for you.
Will you sponsor me through my professional qualifications?
We will provide support to graduates who want to work towards their professional qualifications, if it supports your job role. Graduates will not start the process until they have completed their six month rotation.
How can I expect my career to progress within the Berkeley Group
Your career progression at the Berkeley Group depends upon you and your career plans. Impressing with the work that you do and being able to demonstrate that you are an asset to the business will stand you in good stead.
To give you an idea of what you can achieve in a relatively short space of time, one graduate that we recruited in 2006 is now a managing director and several more that we have recruited since then are now in director and management positions.
Will I receive feedback on my application?
Your application will be acknowledged and we will provide updates at each stage of the interview process. You can request feedback from the graduate recruitment team if you have attended an assessment day. However, due to the high volume of applications it will not be possible to provide feedback at earlier stages.