Locations: UK-wide with locations including Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham Rowley Regis, Birmingham Solihull, Grantham, Bristol, Warrington, Dover, Swindon and Portsmouth

Opportunity: 6-month returnship programme

Start Date: 10 October 22

Apply by: 7 August 2022 (extended)

* Applications are now closed *

Colas is partnering with Women Returners to launch their first Returners Programme. By introducing this programme, Colas aims to Open the Way for those who have been out of the workplace for at least 24 months to re-start their career and develop their skills and experience in a progressive environment.

What can you expect from the programme?

  • A 6 month paid employment opportunity
  • Specialised coaching from Women Returners to support your return to the workplace
  • A mentor within Colas
  • A buddy to assist you in learning the ropes
  • Access to a curated suite of training and learning opportunities
  • An opportunity to restart your career, utilising all your previous experience while learning new skills
  • A strong possibility of a permanent role at the end of the programme.

Colas will consider all requests for working hours on a case by case basis for the duration of the programme. They are a project delivery business and as such, most of their work is done on site which means most of the roles are site/office based.

Who is Colas looking for?

You will be an experienced professional who has the right to work in the UK and who has had a career break of at least 24 months (as of July 2022). You may have been working small-scale around other commitments or not done any paid work during this period.

You will be interested in joining a values-led business, with strong social values and a real commitment towards sustainability and carbon reduction.

Colas is keen to hear from people whose previous careers were within the civil engineering and or, construction sectors, ideally highways focused.

You will have had experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Commercial and Quantity Surveying
  • Planning
  • Estimating
  • Bid Writing and or Bid Management
  • Site and or Construction Management
  • Skilled and or Unskilled Operatives
  • Traffic Management
  • Function roles including Finance, HR, IT, Procurement, SHEQ, and Procurement

In addition to the above opportunities, they are looking for a Network Manager to join their team in Portsmouth. This role would suit candidates with prior Operational Management experience.

Who is Colas?

The UK infrastructure of tomorrow is being driven by innovation and the ability to deliver value. It needs to be sustainable, smart, and practical to build and maintain. Colas brings together everything needed to deliver on this vision, from finance, to in-house R&D scientists and design, to world-class management.

The UK infrastructure of today has to be maintained and developed. Colas’ expertise in the highway, aviation and defence infrastructure sectors provides bespoke, innovative, and intelligent solutions across the UK.

How to Apply?

Find out more and apply using this link here. Please upload a copy of your CV and a covering letter detailing the kind of role you’re looking for and any working hours request.

Closing date for applications is 7 August 2022 (extended).

Interviews will take place in weeks commencing 22 and 29 August 2022. The program will commence on Monday 10 October 2022.

Your recruitment process will start with your online application. If there is potentially a good fit with the program, Colas will invite you to an interview. The interviews will assess your fit with the Colas behaviours through strength-based interviewing and competency/behavioural questions.

If you have any questions regarding the programme please email martin.stubbs@colas.co.uk