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The Graduate Scheme Programme

Our Graduate Scheme is a two year programme that will equip you with the tools needed to have a successful career at the Berkeley Group and will give you exposure to all areas of the business. From day one you will gain the real hands on experience on cutting edge projects while being supported and nurtured by market leading experts.

You start your career with a two week induction designed to give you a dynamic and informative experience ahead of your start date. We offer graduates the opportunity to be involved in roles at all stages of the Development Cycle.

You will gain experience and exposure in all core areas of the business by integrating yourself into them in 4-6 week cycles all of which are completed months 1-6. For months 6-24 you will be back in your business learning about your department and if applicable starting your professional accreditation.

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'The Berkeley Group Graduate Scheme offers an opportunity like no other, you are quickly integrated into your operating company, with high levels of responsibility and a great sense of accomplishment early on.'

Hannah Swarbrick,

Commercial Graduate, South Quay Plaza- Berkeley Homes South East London

The Benefits

The Departments

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Construction Department

About the Role

The construction department manages the build process from receipt of working drawings through to the delivery of homes and commercial property to the end user. There will be plenty of time out of the office on site, coordinating all contractors working on our sites and taking responsibility for health and safety and sustainability issues.

Common Routeways:

- Construction Management
- Construction Project Management
- Construction Engineering
- Civil Engineering

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Technical Department

About the role

The Technical department focuses on manging the design process of the development once planning consent is granted. As a technical graduate you will be liaising closely with the land, commercial and construction departments to ensure a seamless transition from design through procurement and construction. You will be managing the entire design process and ensuring the requirements stipulated at planning are adhered to.

Common Routeways

- Architecture
- Architectural Technology
- Civil Engineering

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Commercial Department

About the role

The Commercial department is responsible for the procurement of materials and contractors used in the construction process, for on-going costs and contractual management for the development. The team works closely with the technical and construction departments to ensure that what is being built is accurate, on time and to budget.

Common Routeways

- Quantity Surveying
- Finance
- Maths
- Accounting

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Land & Planning Department

About the Role

The Land and Planning department is focused on identifying and sourcing development opportunities and acquiring new sites across London, Birmingham and the South of England. As a land graduate you will be involved in preparing and submitting an application, negotiate purchases and have continued involvement throughout the life of a development; from development appraisals to the drafting of legal agreements and the continuous evolution of existing planning consents.

Common Routeways

- Real Estate
- Planning and Property Development
- Urban Design
- Spatial Planning

Case Studies

What does a graduate job at Berkeley actually entail? Hear what our recent graduates have to say:

Hear from recent graduates

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Shehmeer Khan Asad - Construction Graduate

After completing a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, followed by an MSc in Structural Engineering, I decided to take a more hands on route to join Berkeley Group as a Graduate Site Manager.
Growing up, I have always wanted to work for Berkeley, and this is mainly because of the ongoing project in South East London known as The Royal Arsenal Riverside. I found it fascinating that just one development could change the face of my childhood area, by bringing in different people and improving Woolwich's appeal as a whole.
During my degree, I would envision how calculations or designs could be implemented in real life. Since joining Berkeley, not only has it allowed me to gain a greater understanding of what I learnt in university, but it has also taught me how to think outside the box in an industry where there are different challenges to face every single day.
One thing I have learnt very early on in my time at Berkeley is that in construction, you'll never know it all. Every project is different and there is always something new, which is what makes this industry so exciting.

Rubina Tihanyi - Technical Graduate

I have graduated with a BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture from the University of Westminster; and I am currently working as a Technical Graduate at Berkeley Homes East Thames at the Royal Arsenal Riverside Development in Woolwich, London.
I have been fascinated by the relationship between the built environment and people since a young age, and found it amazing how architecture can impact people's lives.
Therefore it was not a question that I would like to study architecture at university.
The Graduate Scheme at Berkeley Group provides insight into how the company operates and how the different departments are connected and rely on each other to deliver the final product. The rotation through different departments offers a great opportunity to get to know a lot of people within the Berkeley Group, which is immensely important and helps in your job day in, day out.
If you are passionate, would like to create places that prosper, and you are willing to work hard for it, then Berkeley is the place for you. The reward of seeing your work taking shape in front of your eyes and becoming an important place in people's life is just amazing.

Sam Bennett - Commercial department

I am currently employed in the commercial department for Berkeley Homes (North East London), situated at the site Woodberry Down.
I attended Nottingham Trent University studying Quantity Surveying and Construction Commercial Management as part of a sandwich course. The course was overall very enjoyable and allowed me to develop upon my initial understanding I acquired through college.
The Graduate Scheme at Berkeley Groupis incredibly organised and well-structured. The first 2 weeks focus on an induction into the company, providing an insight in to all of the different operating companies and divisions the Group has to offer.  Each day is spent with your fellow starting graduates and allows you to develop relationships you can continue to advance throughout your Berkeley experience. The scheme offers other fantastic opportunities for those starting out in their career, such as a Q&A session with the Chief Executive of Berkeley Group, Rob Perrins.
The day to day activities of a commercial graduate are one filled with learning, on the job development and responsibility, with each day consisting of different problems to overcome. As your time progresses, so does the level of involvement you have with the different trades and various commercial components, allowing you to become a well-rounded surveyor.

Kerry Crowhurst

I'm currently employed as a Land and Development Graduate for Berkeley St Edward
I graduated with an MSc in International Real Estate and Planning from The Bartlett at University College London in September 2018.. Living in the centre of the city, I became aware of large regeneration schemes taking place, and saw the positive results of well-designed schemes first hand. In turn, I began to recognise that some development strategies and designs didn't work quite as well as others. The notion of improving the city-scape increasingly became something that I wanted to get involved with.
The graduate scheme at Berkeley Group has something for everyone, given the variation across the four core departments of Land, Technical, Commercial, and Build. The opportunity to rotate across all four of these departments, as well as other departments like finance and marketing, has been invaluable for my understanding of the development process.
On a day-to-day basis, my work can be broken down into two main categories: work on sites we are looking to acquire, and work on sites we already own. On sites we are hoping to acquire, I assist with financial appraisals and feasibility assessments. Regarding those we already own, I assist with planning applications and the monitoring of planning conditions and obligations, amongst other things. The work on the Land team is very varied, and involves engaging with lots of different people and stakeholders.

How to Apply?

  • Complete the online application form which will be open from Friday 27 September 2019. 
  • Applications for the Land and Planning department close on Friday 29 November, with all other departments closing on Friday 24 January 2020.
  • Successful applicants are invited to attend a first stage assessment centre.
  • If successful, you will be invited to attend our final stage assessment centre.
  • We will contact you at our earliest opportunity to let you know whether you have been successful or not.

Come and Meet us

The Berkeley Group will be attending the following events on campus, come down and meet our current graduates and recruitment team and let us answer any questions you may have.

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Wednesday 25th SeptemberCASS UniversityReal Estate Careers Forum
Wednesday 25th SeptemberHeriott Watt UniversityConstruction Careers Insight Event
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Tuesday 8th October Reading Real Estate FoundationEvening Lectures
Wednesday 9th OctoberReading UniversityRREF Careers Fair
Thursday 10th OctoberBirmingham UniversityCareers Fair
Thursday 10th OctoberLiverpool John Moores UniversityBuilt Environment and Civil Engineering Careers Fair
Thursday 10th OctoberUWLBuilt Environment Careers Fair
Monday 14th OctoberOxford Brookes UniversityConstruction Careers Fair
Tuesday 15th OctoberNottingham UniversityCivil Engineering Careers Fair
Wednesday 16th OctoberBristol UWEMeet the Employers Careers Fair
Wednesday 16th OctoberKingston UniversityCareers Panel
Friday 18th OctoberBrighton UniversitySET Careers Fair
Monday 21st OctoberUCLCareers Fair
Tuesday 22nd OctoberSheffield UniversityCareers Fair
Wednesday 23rd OctoberBristol UWEProperty Bootcamp
Thursday 24th OctoberNottingham Trent UniversityProperty, Design and Construction Fair
Wednesday 30th OctoberSheffield Hallam UniversityNatural and Built Environment Fair
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Wednesday 6th NovemberLoughborough UniversityArchitecture, Building and Civil Engineering Careers Fair
Tuesday 12th NovemberReading UniversityBuilt Environment Careers Fair

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How to Apply

Applications open Friday 27th September and close on Friday 24th January

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