Graduate Trainee looks to climb the construction industry ladder


A recently appointed Graduate Trainee for Countryside Partnerships North (East Midlands) says he is relishing the opportunity to fulfill his ambition of working within the construction industry.

Jack Marriott (25) of Nottingham graduated from Birmingham City University in June 2018 with a degree in Construction and the Built Environment, and took up his position with the property developer based in Whetstone, near Leicester, in November of the same year.

Since then, Jack has gained experience in Countryside East Midlands’ Commercial department and has been responsible for building and maintaining professional relationships with contractors and sub-contractors.

“I first heard about the graduate scheme with Countryside through a recruitment agency, and because it sounded like a great opportunity that would give me some really invaluable experience, I decided to apply,” he explains.

“Now that I am working in the position, I’m glad that it came along when it did because I’m really enjoying it.

“The Commercial department has been a fantastic place to start within the business. Before I began, numbers and figures weren’t strengths of mine, but I’m delighted to say that it’s very different to how I thought it would be.

“The work itself is very engaging, the team has been really helpful, and my time in the commercial department has provided a foundation of understanding about the relationship with contractors and sub-contractors, not to mention the importance of organisation.”

The two-year graduate programme will see Jack working on rotation in a number of other areas within the business, including the Land, Construction, Development and Customer Service departments.

“Of all the departments that I’ll be working in throughout the course of the scheme, I’m most looking forward to Construction,” Jack continues.

“I’ve felt passionately about pursuing a career in the construction industry for a long time now, and I feel that this is where my skills and personality will make for the best fit.

“Ultimately, I hope to be working in the Construction department full time, where I’d like to move up the ladder with Countryside.”

Outside of work, Jack enjoys socialising with friends and likes to stay active by going to the gym, playing football and golf.

Glyn Mabey, Managing Director, Partnerships East Midlands, Countryside said: “We are thrilled to hear that Jack is enjoying his new role with us.

“Countryside recognises the importance of training a new generation of skilled workers in the construction sector, and as such takes great pride in the quality of the graduate scheme that it offers.

“On behalf of all here at Countryside, I would like to wish Jack every success for the future, and I am confident that he will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Applications for Countryside’s cohort of graduates for 2019 are now open and can be made by visiting

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 31st January, and all applicants will receive a response by Thursday 28th February.

If successful, applicants will be invited to attend one of Countryside’s Assessment Centres across the UK in either March or April, with final-stage interviews taking place in May and June.

Successful graduates will then begin their employment with Countryside on Tuesday 1st October.

To find out more about Countryside, visit Countryside Partnerships.