Still time to build your future with a career at Tarmac – the sustainable construction company offering so much more

February 21, 2022

People hoping to lay the foundations to an exciting and rewarding career in the construction industry are being encouraged to apply for one of our many varied early careers roles.

We are still taking applications for entry-level roles across the business for graduates and school leavers in our biggest recruitment drive to date.

Opportunities, spanning mainland UK, will provide the chance to ‘earn while you learn’ for new starters in operations, engineering, commercial and logistics alongside technical, financial, and other support positions. Further roles in human resources, procurement and general management are available through the significant programme of succession planning.

We take pride in providing people of all ages with real prospects and the chance to grow quickly, with numerous examples of people at both ends of the career ladder demonstrating our policy of developing home-grown talent from the ground up.

Mark Wood – managing director in the south east – for example, started his career at Tarmac 30 years ago as a young management trainee (now a higher apprentice).

“It’s been fantastic to see anyone in the company, who wants to develop themselves and progress, have the opportunity to do so,” he said.

“I love the variety of what we do. I have been involved in some incredible projects throughout my career, from working on the M25 motorway, the 2012 Olympic Athletes Village, Heathrow Airport and the resurfacing of Silverstone.”

Emma Lindsey started her career as a general management graduate and is now an assistant geologist. She admits to “always being the dirty one as a child – head to toe in mud” and is now in her element among the rocks.

“I am involved from start to finish,” she said, “from finding new [quarry] sites to supporting quarry managers’ operations to making sure we get all of the mineral out of the floor.

“Even if your first reaction is that construction isn’t for you, there is so much you can do at Tarmac, so many different roles, so many different skillsets, and so many types of people that make the business go.”

Amaya Firdaws and Shahid Zaman are two young apprentices already making strides in their early careers.

Amaya, an apprentice engineer working on the A34 Highways Improvement Project in Perry Barr, Birmingham, said: “Construction suits me because I’m a very hands-on person and I pick things up quickly. I love the fact I’m out and about all the time and not just inside an office sitting at a laptop. I love having to demonstrate what I’ve learned and the people I work with make life 10 times better for me.”

Shahid, meanwhile, has progressed from apprentice operative at our Washwood Heath asphalt plant to supervisor only a year after joining the business.

“My role is varied,” said Shahid. “I can be in the mixing room or oversee train deliveries that come onto site. No two days are the same and I like that variety.

“I love a challenge. I have shocked myself over how well I have done here so far. I didn’t expect to be so confident in my job role to the extent that I am starting to look for new challenges and to take on greater responsibility.”

To support the recruitment drive, we have created a jobs portal which lists all the available roles and how to apply for them. There are also useful sections for parents and teachers, as well as detailed information on how we support employee development.

For more information or to apply, visit