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UK Early Talent Opportunities


At Caterpillar, we build what matters and the work that our employees do makes a difference in the lives of people all around the world. Each year we offer a wide range of well established and carefully designed Early Talent opportunities to those seeking the exposure required to be the future leaders and specialists of tomorrow. We have opportunities across numerous UK locations for Placement Students, Graduates and Apprentices.

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Female Employee


Our schemes and the new talent they bring are critical to the success of our  business. Many of our successful leaders and technical specialists initially joined Caterpillar via this route. We aim to provide you with exposure across different business units and departments over the course of 1 to 3 years.

You will get to collaborate with the best minds in the industry, complete meaningful work and continuously grow and develop through our various opportunities. During this time you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience whilst learning, develop new skills and competencies, learn from industry experts and build a professional network.

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Male Employee


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When we value our people's unique experiences, backgrounds and cultures in an inclusive environment, we enable every individual to achieve their fullest potential, which drives business success. We are proud to be named in the Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity (2019) and to be the employer of one of the top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) 2021. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

For nearly 20 years, Caterpillar Caterpillar’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have added value for our employees and businesses. Our ERGs are company sponsored and employee led, and promote the unique cultural differences representative of our global community. They build communities on common backgrounds and experiences that provide opportunities for personal and professional development, while welcoming all employees to learn, connect and foster a sense of belonging. Promoting collaboration across cultures, genders, and abilities is the strength that our ERGs ERGs’ bring. Some of our ERGs include:


Lambda helps to create an inclusive environment for Caterpillar's LGBTQI+ employees and their allies. Lambda members work together to educate employees on the perspective and value of the LGBTQI+ and Ally communities.

WIN (Women's Initiative Network)

Build on the strength of women and create empowered connections across Caterpillar to drive personal and professional growth.

SWE (Society of Women in Engineering)

The SWE group gives female engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry centered around success and the evolution of challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s engineering and technology specialties.

YP (Young Professionals)

Dedicated to providing opportunities for young professionals and building an inclusive global network. Utilizing the skills and passion of the members to provide value to the business and local community.

At Caterpillar we offer a highly competitive total rewards packages for our employees that is designed to reward you for contributing to our success. This will include the following:

Competitive Pay (Base + Incentive) - Competitive pay with future increases driven by individual performance. For Graduates, we also provide incentive pay that is related to your team, company and individual performance.

Flexible working - We provide some opportunities for flexible working that can be agreed either formally with HR or informally with line managers.

Pension Scheme - We offer a competitive contributory company pension scheme in which we provide company matching contributions of between 6 - 10%.

Share Scheme - For every two shares you buy, we will give you one accompanied with tax advantages.

Professional Qualifications - We have opportunities available for financial support towards achieving a professional qualification and mentors available to support you along the way. For example, engineers who wish to become chartered.

Employee Discount Scheme - Access to a wide variety of employee discounts in High Street Shops and Supermarkets.

Employee Assistance Scheme - Counselling, Financial, Health and Legal information and support services are provided free of charge to all Caterpillar employees through Validium.

Holidays - 25 days plus bank holidays at most locations. Some locations may offer 27 days plus bank holidays.

Free Parking - There is free parking for employees at all our sites.


Firstly, we want to thank you for your interest in opportunities with Caterpillar. As our recruitment timeline for early talent can vary, you can check our live vacancies here. Our application process may include some of the following.

  • Application Form You will need to firstly complete our quick and easy online application form to register your interest in the position.
  • Application Form Screening Your application will be passed through a rigorous online screening process.
  • Testing Depending on the discipline, you may be required to undertake some occupational tests. These typically take place prior to your assessment centre.
  • Video Interview You may be required to complete a video interview that can be completed flexibly and in your own time. 
  • Assessment Centre This will consist of group exercises, an interview and a presentation. Details will vary depending on the discipline applied for.

We wish you every success!

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