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One scheme. Many opportunities.

Join an innovative and responsible developer as a graduate, and launch a career in housebuilding. Our highly successful graduate programme trains the best people for our business – giving you a broad range of experience, and a chance to try out many aspects of what we do.

After your training, we hope you’ll stay with us for the long-term. You’ll be mentored throughout the programme – and there’ll be opportunities for you to continue your career with us. 

Graduate Programme

Applications for our 2018 Scheme are now open! 

Closing Date: 1st January 2018

Please see details below on how to apply.


Our Graduate Scheme first began in 1980, with our very own CEO of Partnerships South, Graham Cherry, being the very first graduate to enter the programme! We believe that the achievements of the many employees who have started their career with us through the graduate scheme is a real testament to the rewarding and comprehensive programme we offer.

We aim to provide our applicants with as much industry experience as possible over the two-year scheme. Everyone will have the opportunity to see the whole housebuilding process from start to finish, by completing a total of six rotations through each of our different divisions. At the end of the programme, our graduates can choose a role that best suits them.

The Construction Programme is for trainees who have decided that they would like to pursue a career as part of a Site Management team. They will also gain experience in a number of other core areas, in order to secure broad knowledge of other divisions and departments. Our Construction Graduates are based in our Partnerships North region, working on sites across Liverpool and Manchester.

The Generalist Programme is designed for those trainees who would like to experience many different aspects of our business before deciding on a career path. The scheme comprises a series of rotational placements, spending between 4 and 12 weeks in various departments of the business, across a 2 year period. This scheme is also suitable for Graduates that may not have a relevant degree but are passionate about a career in Construction. Our Generalist Graduates are able to be based from either of our Brentwood Offices, Sevenoaks, or Acton, West London.



We encourage you to study for formal qualifications and will fully support your desire to become accredited. Most of our Graduates study for their APC throughout the duration of their programme, we are able to support you to become RICS / RTPI / ICIOB accredited.


HOW TO APPLY - 2018 Scheme

You will need to submit an application form to us, along with your CV and Covering Letter (and anything else you think that may benefit your application!). You can download a form here, or you can contact us to send you a hard copy of the application form along with a freepost envelope.

All completed applications should be sent to: graduates@cpplc.com or by post to Victoria Kidd, Countryside House, The Drive, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3AT.


KEY PROCESS DATES for our 2018 Scheme

Applications Open - 1st November 2017

Application Deadline - 1st January 2018

Application Feedback - 19th January 2018

Assessment Centres - 1st February 2018, 8th February 2018 and 21st February 2018 - keep these dates free if you are applying! If you are successful you will be invited to one of these dates!

Interviews - March 2018

Offers of Employment declared by end of April 2018

Start Dates - 1st October 2018 - If you are looking to start earlier than this, we are able to discuss early entry for you, and we will do our best to accommodate you earlier than this.


Don't hesitate - apply now! 

If you are seeking any further information please ask and we will happily provide you with whatever you need to know.


What’s good about our graduate programme?  Just ask Emma Hewitt:



Exciting new Apprenticeship opportunities with one of the UK’s leading Home Builders

Recently we have launched a new Trainee Management Scheme that will commence in January 2017 to support the development of our specialist workforce for the future.  This will be the first group of young people who want to develop their future career with us.

The Trainee Management Scheme

We have recruited apprentices to work in a Trainee Assistant Manager capacity on specific projects and provide day-to-day co-ordination and programme support to Managers and Directors.

The apprenticeship will give them the opportunity to develop a range of specialist skills to become a Manager in either Construction Management, Surveying or Technical Project Management leading to a progression path in management which will take them as far as they want to progress to.

With a starting salary of £18,000 they will have the opportunity to progress their career with us upon the successful completion of the apprenticeship.
Qualifications Required:

Ideally A*-C in Maths and English however if you don’t have these we are offering support to achieve them on the programme. We would always prefer to employ the right person and then train them within the role. A full valid UK driving licence is desirable to enable you to access our sites and alternate offices.

Personal Skills and Qualities:

• Passionate and enthusiastic to learn
• Looking for opportunities to progress a career in the construction business
• Good communication skills
• Will support Countryside to be the best it can be
• Takes ownership for their work
• Works at pace whilst maintaining high standards
• Copes and thrives under pressure
• Professional behaviour at all times
• Customer focused

Applications for the 2017 Programme are now closed, however applications for the 2018 Programme will open in Spring/ Summer 2018.

For more information about careers in Construction visit the GoConstruct website



Download the Graduate Application Form

Application Form - 2018 Scheme.pdf