We offer undergraduates 12 month placement opportunities in a variety of departments. Our intensive, yet rewarding placements expose undergraduates to relevant industry experience and increased responsibility. Supported by industry experts you will be working on live projects, gaining hands on experience and enhancing personal development in a nurturing environment.
Applications for our Industrial Placement Scheme are now closed.
What happens after your year with us?
Our year in industry complements our Graduate Scheme and will give you an excellent foundation for continuing your career with the Berkeley Group. On successfully completing your placement and achieving your degree you will be given the opportunity to return to Berkeley Group and join our award winning Graduate Scheme. The majority of our industrial placement students are offered a position on the Graduate Scheme and return to Berkeley group on completion of their degree.
Hear from our Undergraduates
What are the benefits of a placement year with Berkeley? Hear what recent undergraduates have to say:
Eleanor Fitton - Trainee Strategic Planner
I first became interested in the property industry throughout my time at sixth form. I had been torn between taking the Geography, Economics or the Design route - I was looking at a way this could be combined into one profession. At the time, family members were working in the consultancy and property sector which introduced me to the profession of town planning and my passion for wanting to work in the property industry. Having studied City and Regional Planning, I was aware of Berkeley as a company within London and the south of England, and I was interested in the scale and dominance they have in the property industry. It was always prominent how Berkeley as a company differed from other UK housebuilders in their attention to detail and their proactive approach to the identification of land. This led me to strategic land planning where I am based at the moment.
So far during my time at Berkeley I have undertaken work which involves the analysis and interpretation of a district's local plan evidence base to assess the objectively assessed housing need of an area, in combination with writing representations to local councils supporting strategic applications.
In addition to this, at least once a week I get out of the office to attend either site visits or meetings with consultants and other parties involved to discuss the determination of planning applications. Currently I am working with colleagues, consultants and members of the council to devise an illustrative masterplan for a contracted site comprising approximately 1,500 homes. This project has involved extensive technical work.
Tanaka Lusengo - Project Management
I was drawn to Berkeley Group as an employer due to the quality of the developments. I have always been quite a perfectionist, so when I saw the work Berkeley has completed and the company ethos, I believed it was a perfect fit. I am also a huge enthusiast about giving something back to the community and was drawn to the fact that Berkeley has committed to implement community plans on their developments to facilitate thriving communities.
One of my managers recently took a week off, meaning I was given full responsibility for his work. During this time I had to organise the removal of a portable toilet cabin off site. It was the first time I had full responsibility of a project. Although it was stressful, I learnt a great deal and enjoyed being busy. All the staff throughout my placement have been very friendly and welcoming. I have learnt a lot from them and they were always happy to answer any questions I may have had.
Prior to my placement, I had no experience of being on site and I had little knowledge of the construction processes and terminology, so I definitely feel that my sandwich year has been a worthwhile experience for my career progression.
The Application Process
1. Apply online
Applications are now closed.
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.
Applications made by email or post will not be accepted.
2. If successful attend an assessment centre
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.
3. If successful attend a final interview and assessment centre
I'll 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.
Your technical competencies and soft skills will be assessed at this stage.
4. If successful you will receive a job offer within 48 hours
Successful applicants will receive a job offer within 48 hours of attending their final interview and assessment centre.
5. Successful Undergraduates begin work
Industrial year students will join us in autumn. You must be able to start in a full time capacity by this time so please do not apply this year if you will not have completed your studies by that time or are planning on taking a gap year.