What will I be doing?

Firstly, you will not be doing endless photocopying or making the tea; it does nothing for your training and development and certainly won’t stretch you! Being a graduate with Malcolm Hollis has never been that way.

Our M&E graduate training programme, accredited by CIBSE, offers the range and, importantly, the depth of experience every graduate needs to become a professionally registered engineer. This is largely down to how Malcolm Hollis is structured. Whilst each graduate engineer has one overall manager to oversee them, on a day-to-day level graduates work simultaneously on a number of instructions under different managers, all specialists in their own particular areas. This not only gives variety, but also gives you the best possible training along the way.


Your progress and spread of work will be overseen by your allotted CIBSE Mentor and where a need is identified for more work in a particular area they will ensure that this is addressed and everything’s kept on track.

We see giving graduates increasing responsibility and autonomy as developmentally very important. When and how fast is largely driven by the individual graduate and we’re always very careful to monitor how jobs and people are progressing.

Project and client engagement

In other organisations graduates are often ‘seen and not heard’. Indeed, in multi-disciplinary firms you may never talk to the client as many of the instructions are passed on from agency departments.

We are an independent building consultancy so there’s no ‘middle man’ and clients come directly to us. Consequently, maintaining and developing client contact is central to the way that we do business, especially as a very substantial part of our work is repeat business. Once you’ve found your feet with us and are gaining confidence in your work you may well be the client’s principal contact.

So whether you are working towards Chartered, Incorporated or Licentiate registration, we are able to provide the experience, support and client interaction needed to get there.

Training and Getting Chartered:

We know that you’ll want to get chartered as soon as possible and we take our responsibility to give you the training and experience that you need very seriously.

On the job training

The best way to learn is by experience – and, because many of our senior engineers are recognised experts in their fields, it’s hard to imagine a better place to learn.

There is certainly never, ever a need for a secondment to another firm. Quite the contrary in fact, as several of our pre-CIBSE engineers have joined us from other firms because they felt their training and experience wasn’t up to scratch.

Seminars and external events

The importance of lifelong learning is recognised as paramount in maintaining a workforce with up to date knowledge and experience, and as part of the review, CIBSE look for engineers that have gained expertise of three kinds: Technical; Managerial; and Self-development. To help you to achieve this, we run weekly internal seminars and presentations and provide access to the many external events on offer.

The training that our graduates receive means that most are ready to go for the CIBSE review in around 5 years – although we won’t put anyone forward who we don’t think is ready.

How to Apply:

Now that you have read all about working at Malcolm Hollis and training to become a professionally registered engineer, we hope that you will want to apply for a job with us.

We usually have graduate openings at each of our London offices and hold interviews in January each year.

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When should I apply?

You should apply in the final year of your BEng or MEng degree in either Building Services Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. We will be holding interviews in January 2019. Applications open on 1 September each year and close on 31 December.

How do I apply?

Applications for our 2019 graduate programme opened on 1 September 2018. Please submit a detailed CV and covering letter, stating your preferred office location using our online application form.

I don’t have a engineering qualification, can I still apply?

If you’ve not completed or are not in the final year of a building services engineering or mechanical engineering qualification then we regret that we can’t consider your application

Aside from qualifications what else are you looking for?

Commercial awareness, excellent communication skills and an eagerness to learn quickly are essential qualities for a career as an Engineer with Malcolm Hollis but your potential is the most important attribute. Some form of work experience, whether that’s paid or voluntary, is definitely advantageous and if it is property-related all the better. Life experience is important too – so if you’ve done something interesting or have a particular interest do let us know, it’ll make you stand out from the crowd.

What type of work does the M&E team do?

We do everything that you’d expect building services engineers to do – whether it be working alongside our design engineers on project work or our multi skilled engineers carrying out condition surveys and dilapidations studies – there’s never any problem getting the range and quality of experience that you’ll need for your CIBSE registration. We have an extensive client list across a range of business sectors including SEGRO, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, McDonalds, Landsec, Telereal Trillium, Next and The Portman Estate.

How many graduates do you take on each year?

This varies but there will usually be openings in each of our London offices. Let us know if you have a location preference in your application.

What does the interview involve?

Don’t worry; the process isn’t onerous or overly demanding. We are primarily interested in getting to know more about you and you finding out more about us. It’s likely to be a straightforward and relaxed chat with one of our engineers and one other. You may be required to give a short presentation and we might throw in the odd technical question or two but we really just want to see how you think.

We base our decision on just one visit to Malcolm Hollis which may involve meeting several people and aim to let you know the outcome in one week.

If you have an interview coming up, check out our interview tips video on YouTube here.

Do you take on students for year out or summer placements?

We do have some placement positions which vary in location from year to year however our main focus is on recruiting Graduates. We prefer to concentrate on providing the highest quality training for our permanent members of staff..

How many trainees stay after qualification?

Inevitably some trainees do leave Malcolm Hollis. However, we never want people to leave due to a lack of opportunity. Those that have left generally have other reasons to leave the firm such as moving client side. The fact that the working environment is so friendly and relaxed and that the work is varied and challenging, coupled with excellent opportunities to progress, both in the UK and Europe, mean that staff retention is very good.

What is your attitude towards mature applicants?

Malcolm Hollis is an equal opportunities employer and we often recruit mature applicants particularly those who have previous experience in the industry.

When do graduates usually start?

Some graduates choose to start immediately after their course has finished, others prefer to join us after taking the summer off – we can be flexible to suit your needs. Whenever you join us you’ll be invited to come along to our annual summer training day (not, incidentally, a day of lectures but a fun day – perhaps driving a tank, clay pigeon shooting, sailing) so you can start to get to know everybody.

How soon after starting will I be contributing/getting involved in engineering?

You will spend the first week or so after joining the firm getting to know our systems and receiving basic induction training. After that you will get involved in engineering straight away. This could be anything from putting together a schedule of dilapidations, project design work, undertaking a building survey report or assisting with maintenance led work. This would also include attending site meetings with our clients or contractors. You will be guided through all of this by more experienced engineers.

How long does it take, typically, to get qualified?

Most of our graduates are ready to sit the CIBSE review in around five years. If you’ve already started the process then it may take slightly less time.

How do you make sure I get enough of the right experience to pass my CIBSE registration?

One of our Partners has overall responsibility for CIBSE training and will monitor your learning and experience – we take your training very seriously. Additionally, you will have regular meetings with your CIBSE Mentor and Supervisor to ensure that you get the experience and training that you need.

Do you pay CIBSE membership and registration fees?

In short, yes. All CIBSE and registration fees are paid for by Malcolm Hollis.

Do you fund further study after CIBSE registration?

Many of our engineers choose to study for further qualifications once they’re qualified. Provided it serves a business objective and/or it provides good personal development we will consider either part or fully funding the course.

Are there any social or sporting activities?

We have an active social club and a range of activities are arranged throughout the year including trips to comedy clubs, sporting events as well as charity events etc. There are also other ad hoc activities taking place in all offices including running at lunchtime, 5 a side football, climbing, softball and of course a few drinks in the pub after work.

What are the prospects for promotion?

We offer excellent prospects for promotion. There are numerous employees who came to Malcolm Hollis as graduates who are now in senior positions within the firm. There are no fixed time limits for reaching associate or partner level, we promote on ability rather than age.

Are there opportunities available to work in your European offices?

Yes, we have opportunities for UK staff to undertake work within Europe. Whether that be for a couple of days to carry out a specific piece of work or a long term secondment to one of our offices. We welcome applicants with language skills and we would love to second people to go abroad or recruit nationals from Europe to do our UK training before relocating to one of the European offices.

Where can I find out more?

Although we’ve tried hard to answer the types of questions that we commonly get asked at interviews we’re very happy to answer your specific queries. If you have an unanswered question please contact grads@malcolmhollis.com.