1. Applications

What is the closing date for applications?

All applications should be submitted by 31st January 2017.  

Who do I contact if I have a query?

Please contact the HR Team on 0131 535 5247 or email graduate.recruitment@cala.co.uk 

What if I graduated last year?

You are still eligible to apply to join the programme and we would welcome your application. We will accept applications from anyone who has graduated within the last three years i.e. 2014, 2015, 2016 or due to graduate in 2017.

What if I want to go travelling?

You need to be able to start with us in September. If you are unable to start with us in September 2017, we suggest you look out for the launch of our 2018 intake.

What if I can’t make the Assessment Centre Date?

If you know you are unable to make the assessment centre date, please call us on 0131 535 5247 or email us at graduate.recruitment@cala.co.uk at the earliest opportunity.

Do I need to have a particular level of degree?

No, any level of degree will be considered.

Do I need to have a specific degree?

For certain functions within the business, yes, you do. Please have a look at our “roles” page for more information.  If you want to have an informal chat with one of our HR team then contact Georgina Allan in the first instance. 

How do I apply?

All applications must be made online using the application form. If for any reason you are unable to use the form, please contact us at graduate.recruitment@cala.co.uk.

How quickly will I hear about my application?

We will get in touch with you within two weeks of the application closing date.

I’m a mature student – can I still apply?

Yes, though you must have graduated within the last 3 years.

I am an International Student who doesn’t have a Visa to work. Can I still apply?

You must have the permanent right to work in the UK to apply for the Graduate Programme. Unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship.

Does CALA cover travel costs for the Assessment Centres?

CALA will pay for your travel to and from the assessment centre although prior approval is required.  We will discuss this further with you if you are successful in reaching Assessment Centre stage. 

2. CALA Graduate Programme

When does the job start?

The job will start in September 2017.

What if I can’t start on that date?

If you are unable to start with us in September 2017, we suggest you look out for the launch of our 2018 intake.

Will I need to relocate?

We will do our best to accommodate you within your chosen region however it may be that the position that is most suited to you is only available in one of our other regions.  If you are offered a role in a region that isn’t your first choice, depending on where it is, you may have to relocate.

Will CALA support me financially if I have to relocate?

CALA may be able to offer support and we are happy to discuss the further should the situation arise.

What if I don’t have a driving licence or a car?

We will not reject you if you do not currently hold a valid driving licence although a condition of your offer will be that you obtain this and have access to a car by your start date – surely that’s the motivation you need?! 

I don’t know much about house building – how do I know it is for me?

You can find out more what it’s like by looking at our ‘day in the life’ section, by speaking with a member of the HR team or by visiting the House Building Federation’s own website.

How long is the programme?

The development programme lasts for one year, but you will be employed on a permanent contract.

What training and development opportunities are available to me during the programme?

You will have extensive training and development opportunities to develop on and off the job. For more information please visit the Opportunities and Development Page

Will I need to travel, as part of the programme?

You will be based within one of the CALA regions, so the majority of your time will be spent in this region although you may be required to travel to any of our other regions for training. Advance notice will be given and any travel and accommodation costs will be met by CALA.

3. Working for CALA

What opportunities are available to me after I’ve completed the programme?

These will vary depending on the role and function to which you apply. CALA invests significantly in developing staff across the business and will work with you to ensure you are able to maximise your own potential. 

What does CALA offer me that other employers don’t?

As well as being part of our exciting growth plans and contributing to the success of being the UK’s most upmarket major homebuilder, we offer a unique culture, based around our values. We treat our staff with the same ethos as we treat our customers, priding ourselves on quality and excellence in all that we do. We offer a competitive benefits package and extensive development opportunities within the business.

Can I work towards professional qualifications?

Yes. CALA supports a number of staff through professional qualifications.

Will I be taken on a permanent contract?