Estimating Programme at Laing O'Rourke

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About Laing O'Rourke

We are Laing O'Rourke. We design, manufacture, engineer and build iconic buildings and complex infrastructure projects used by millions of people every day. We're challenging the industry with innovative design and delivery techniques. We're changing the way we work, using the very latest digital tools and platforms.

Estimating Programme

Our projects are worth millions of pounds, sometimes hundreds of millions of pounds. Imagine the number of components involved, the sheer scale of materials required and the resources we need to build the structure. Estimating all of that is what we do. It requires us to research materials, equipment, labour costs and suppliers. We need to look at the timescales and risks, prices, exchange rates and work schedules. It’s a complex but fascinating area of work.

Is this you?

We expect you to have a real interest in every aspect of the construction process, as well as good commercial sense. This work means looking at lots of data and getting to grips with so many different areas of construction, but also working with teams and suppliers from the bidding and buying process right through the project.

What to study?

Maths and Science are important to becoming an estimator, both at GCSE and A level. But you’ll also need good IT and planning skills.


A five-year programme that combines academic learning with on-the-job training. Successful candidates will complete a fully funded accredited day-release HNC and/or degree in their chosen area of interest while working as a Laing O’Rourke employee. The programme also includes a series of in-house modules, aimed at exposing you to the latest developments in construction and engineering. Your personal and professional growth will be supported throughout the programme using career planning toolkits and tailored development plans. During the programme you will work across a range of businesses and projects, which will offer the breadth and variety to support your career progression and will contribute towards your professional development.

Rewards and benefits 

  • Highly competitive salary 
  • Company car from year four onwards
  • Private medical
  • Pension
  • Store discount scheme
  • Company mobile phone

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