Forterra Graduate Schemes 2021


Our graduate and internship schemes have been designed to develop highly successful managers and leaders, fast-tracking them along their chosen career path. We expect big things from our graduates and interns, but, in return, they receive outstanding, hands-on opportunities to get involved in organising and leading projects that address real business challenges.

Forterra is a leading UK manufacturer of clay and concrete building products. Across our 18 manufacturing sites our 1,800 employees create the bricks, blocks, precast concrete, paving, and many other vital products that keep Britain building.

Committed to sustainability

Our business has a significant footprint, whether this is measured through the number of people we employ, the volume of raw materials we consume, the emissions from our sites, or simply the lives we touch through the properties built from our products. We are working hard to ensure our impact is always as positive as possible and, to this end, we use three sustainability pillars – people, planet and product – to guide our decision making.

We were the first UK brick manufacturer to sign up to the Race to Zero global campaign and, building on our achievements of the last 10 years, we have recently announced new sustainability targets designed to help the UK reach Net Zero Carbon by 2050.

A major step towards this is our £95 million investment to transform our Desford plant into Europe’s largest and most efficient brick factory – the first bricks are expected to roll off the new production line in 2022.

Committed to our people

We give our employees the very best opportunities and support to grow and build the knowledge and skills that will enable them to develop rewarding careers, where they are able to influence and contribute positively to the future direction and success of our business.

We are an accredited Living Wage employer and a member of The 5% Club, a movement of employers working to create a shared prosperity across the UK by campaigning for greater skills training through ‘earn and learn’ job opportunities.

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Case Studies

  • Name: Nia Lewis
  • Role: Operations Management Graduate
  • Joined: September 2019
  • University: University of Sheffield
  • Degree: BEng in Civil Engineering

“It’s fascinating to be learning the technical elements of the manufacturing process first-hand, especially given the range of products, systems and processes across Forterra’s divisions.”


Nia Lewis, an operations management trainee at leading building products manufacturer Forterra, is calling for more to be done – at school, university and industry level – to increase awareness among girls and women of the career opportunities available in construction, manufacturing and engineering.

Now approaching the end of her first secondment at Forterra’s Hams Hall plant in the West Midlands and Newbury factory in Berkshire, Nia has been providing quality assurance for a project concerning the assembly of wires used to cut the Thermalite aircrete blocks manufactured at both sites.

Asked what her advice would be for girls or women contemplating a career in a male-dominated sector, Nia’s response was firm: “Don’t feel siloed into a certain industry by your gender and don’t stick with the status quo. Take the jump: approach a company and ask for some experience, or reach out to a female employee for advice – there’s usually at least one woman in every company!”

  • Application Procedure

If working for one of the most UK’s most innovative and forward-thinking building products’ manufacturers appeals to you, join us on one of our fantastic graduate or internship schemes. We have opportunities across IT, Operations Management, Commercial, Technical and Engineering. If successful after filling out our online application form, you’ll be invited to take a series of online tests and then to an assessment centre.

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