UK Early Talent Opportunities

At Caterpillar, you build what matters - whether it’s the career you want, crucial work skills, strong relationships or new digital technologies. There are big jobs to be done worldwide - building critical infrastructure, bolstering local economies, meeting the demand for energy - and that work is powered by our people.

Our successful and well-established UK Early Talent Opportunities provide a great experience across a number of departments and functions that make up our 90,000 people work force. Throughout your chosen field you’ll have many opportunities to develop your skills by rotating across different departments, with the support of an assigned mentor who’ll be on hand to provide you with expert advice when you need it - by the time you’ve finished, you’ll have deep knowledge of your chosen field and will lay the foundations for a long-term career.

As a Caterpillar employee, you are part of a winning team that gives you the support you need to succeed – and the work you do makes a difference in the lives of people all around the world. 


Why Choose Caterpillar?

  • Diversity: We value diversity and inclusion by leveraging our unique talents, skills, abilities, cultures and experiences which enables us to achieve superior business and personal results.
  • Benefits: At Caterpillar we offer a highly competitive total rewards packages for all new employees, designed to reward you for contributing to our success.
  • Competitive Pay (Base + Incentive): Competitive pay with future increases driven by individual performance. Plus, incentive pay, related to team, company and individual performance.
  • Pension Scheme: We offer a competitive contributory company pension scheme. Company matching contribution of between 6 - 10%.
  • Share Scheme: For every two shares you buy, we will give you one together with tax advantages.
  • Professional Qualifications: We will offer financial support towards achieving a professional qualification in your chosen field. 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 exclusive to Caterpillar.
  • Employee Assistance Scheme: Counselling, Financial, Health and Legal information and support services are provided free of charge to all employees of Caterpillar through Validium.
  • Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays at most locations. Some locations offer 27 days plus bank holidays.
  • Free Parking: There is free parking for employees at all our sites.

Are you ready to build what matters?

We have programs to suite you no matter where you are in your development journey, click on each of the UK Early Talent Opportunity below that suits you to find out more, search for the opportunity that fits your needs today!

Graduate Opportunities

Lasting between 12 to 36 months, our training schemes offer graduates the opportunity to rotate of the business, gain real-job experience and develop the skills required to build your career.

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12 Month Placement Opportunities

Our industrial placement scheme offers undergraduate students the chance to gain invaluable first-hand experience and build their network. You will gain high-quality experience as well as having an excellent chance of returning to the organisation as a graduate.

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Apprentice Opportunities

Our wide-range of apprenticeship programmes offer you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience whilst you learn. Upon successful completion of your chosen apprenticeship programme, you will finish with a nationally recognised qualification.

What can you expect to learn?

Each of our UK Early Talent Opportunities offers something different for everyone, see below for a brief overview of what you can expect.


A three-year rotational graduate scheme, allowing you to gain an overview of all the HR roles at Caterpillar. The program will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop your professional skills across a range of HR disciplines as well as preparing you for a role as a future leader or functional specialist.


We offer a wide-range of opportunities within engineering, ranging from product research and design to manufacturing and quality. While our Electrical and Electronic team work on the integration of the latest electronic and electrical technology within multiple Caterpillar products. You have the opportunity to join these high performing teams and have your stamp on our products.


You’ll be an active team member working in real roles gaining an understanding of Caterpillar’s business and accounting practices, systems and procedures. As well as learning and develop skills, which result from the practical application of accounting knowledge. You will also collaborate with team members worldwide as part of our global team


Working within Caterpillar’s Information Services team will give you a broad experience in all disciplines of Information Services, covering some of the selected applications used within end to end business processes (Engineering, Manufacturing, Enterprise Resource Planning, Finance, Sales and Marketing). It will also include project life-cycle management methodologies and core Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) processes including Incident/Problem & Change.  

Sales and Marketing

Our Marketing teams focus their attention on understanding current and future market and customer needs, analysing opportunities and defining the brand and product positioning.   Our Sales teams maintain relationships with existing customers whilst winning new business from our competitors. It sounds easy, and we have an enviable record of success on both counts, but the real challenge is to keep us where we are – at the forefront.

Supply Chain

Supply Chain is at the heart of every business, and here is no exception. Think about the daily sourcing of materials from across the world, then think about how these parts are transported into a company, manufactured, and shipped out to customers within demanding lead-times. The department is therefore a highly important link between our teams involved in product development, production, and most importantly our customer. 

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Our apprenticeship vacancies have closed for 2019. Our 2020 apprentice recruitment is scheduled to start in January 2020. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up to our expression of interest to be kept up to date with our future offerings as they become available.


Meet Previous Graduates & Placements & Apprentices to see what they think!

Daljit Bansal Daljit Bansal

Name: Daljit Bansal      

Discipline/Scheme: Engineering Graduate – Process Control Engineering

Location: Desford, Leicester

What do you most enjoy about the graduate scheme?

I enjoy the fact we can work on the machines independently. We can operate the machines and carry out engineering work when required. This has really enhanced my technical knowledge and provides engineers with a “hands on” experience. 

Rebecca Russell Rebecca Russell

Name: Rebecca Russell

Discipline/Scheme: Placement year in Custom Power Solutions

Location: Larne, CAT (NI)

What’s an accomplishment that you’re proud of?

I helped in the electrical design for a multi-million-pound project which I never thought I would get to be a part of. I also helped source and order parts from suppliers. I got to follow this project the whole way through which was great experience. 

Emily Jones Emily Jones

Name: Emily Jones

Discipline/Scheme: Quality Engineering Placement

Location: Caterpillar Shrewsbury

Can you give us an overview of your rotations?

I spent the first eight weeks of my placement on a rotation around shop floor departments, gaining hands-on experience and product knowledge. This was incredibly beneficial to help me get to know people and what their roles involve.


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