Apprenticeships

Our Apprenticeship programmes are an excellent pathway for school and college leavers as well as experienced trades to develop their skills and knowledge within a professional field.

We offer degree-level apprenticeships (level 6) for college leavers which include support with professional development, on the job experience, behavioural and technical development on a structured pathway. The programme is industry recognised and designed to provide you with the experience to support you towards becoming a surveyor, building services manager or site manager.

Our Level 4 technical apprenticeship offers school leavers and experienced trades professionals to develop the skills and experience towards becoming a site supervisor, building services supervisor or surveying supervisor. This industry recognised programme offers structured development and experience as well as support in achieving a HNC in the relevant pathway.

We are keen to hear from school-leavers who have a real passion in the built environment and want to develop their skills and competence towards becoming an electrical or mechanical engineering apprentice. This level 3 pathway is the first step to learning the trade and offers great potential in building a professional career within our Engineering Services business.

Please note, if you are a degree holder, you are not eligible to apply for our apprentice programme. You may be able to apply for our Graduate or Undergraduate programmes.

Production

Our Production Apprentice programme is an important step towards becoming a Site Manager.

You will be expected to engage in on the job training in key elements of construction, including for example design, engineering, planning, health and safety, building services and commercial.

As a member of the construction team your overall responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing knowledge and skills to the delivery of the project on time, on budget and to the required quality
  • Promoting and upholding Wates’ reputation for providing the highest standards of site safety, health and welfare and protection of the environment
  • Working with our supply chain and surveyors to protect Wates’ commercial position and the potential for profit and repeat business
  • Developing good working relationships with the client, design team and supply chain by promoting best practice throughout the whole construction process

 

Some of the specific tasks you may undertake are:

  • Assisting Section, Site and Project Managers with various packages
  • Administration of site drawings and accurate site records
  • Co-ordinating direct labour and checking weekly worksheets
  • Monitoring costs and budgets
  • Producing and monitoring site programmes

 

All you need is a passion to develop your career in Construction and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s (A-C) with a minimum of B in Maths and English.

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Quantity Surveying

Our Quantity Surveying Apprenticeship programme is key in supporting you to become a valuable member of the Commercial team. As well as working closely with our production site teams to ensure a quality project is financially viable, they build relationships with our supply chain and safeguard our commercial position.

You will be expected to engage in on the job training in key elements of construction, including for example estimating, cost planning, health and safety, contracts and production.

As a member of the Commercial team your overall responsibilities will include:

  • Safeguarding our contractual position relating to progress of the project, design responsibility and our legal obligations to sub-contractors regarding payments
  • Providing sound contractual, commercial and financial updates to key stakeholders, including the preparation of reports
  • Developing good relationships with our clients, designers, sub-contractors and suppliers through dealing fairly and professionally in all financial and contractual matters

Some of the specific tasks you may undertake are:

  • Developing a basic awareness of the sub contract procurement process
  • Assisting the project team with measurement and valuation
  • Administrating contract records and preparing sub contract and material orders
  • Assisting the project team in the preparation of tender reconciliations

All you need is a passion to develop your career as a quantity surveyor and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s (A-C) with a minimum of B in Maths and English.

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Building Services

Our Building Services Apprenticeship programme is an important step towards becoming a Building Services professional. You will be expected to engage in on the job training in key elements of construction, including mechanical and electrical engineering, design, planning, health and safety, operations and commercial.

As a member of the Building Services team your overall responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing knowledge and skills to the delivery of the project on time, on budget and to the required quality
  • Developing your understanding of mechanical and electrical engineering services and its impact on the project and end user
  • Promoting and upholding Wates’ reputation for providing the highest standards of site safety, health and welfare and protection of the environment
  • Working with our supply chain and surveyors to protect Wates’ commercial position and the potential for profit and repeat business
  • Developing good working relationships with the client, site team and supply chain by promoting best practice throughout the whole construction process

 

Some of the specific tasks you may undertake are:

  • Assisting Site / Section Managers with various M&E packages
  • Administration of site drawings and accurate site records
  • Building relationships with on-site team and sub-contractors
  • Monitoring costs and budgets

 

All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s (A-C) with a minimum of B in Maths and English.

Or

Have at least 5 years experience in a commercial mechanical or electrical trade.

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Electrical (Level 3)

Building Services Engineering makes buildings work; it’s a specialist branch of engineering within the construction sector. Electricians undertake the installation, testing, pre-commissioning and decommissioning of large scale industrial and commercial electrical systems which are found in large commercial and industrial buildings like office blocks, factories, schools and hospitals. These systems provide power and lighting to the buildings which incorporates all electrically fed equipment, such as lifts, boilers, pumps and workshops.

You will have responsibilities from day 1, including:

  • Set, identify and establish requirements of the job
  • Liaise and work with other trades, suppliers and clients as appropriate
  • Solve problems within the scope of the work you carry out
  • Undertake work to comply with the relevant standards
  • Plan and monitor work programmes for installing, testing, pre-commissioning and decommissioning systems
  • Contribute to adjusting the configuration of systems as they are installed

 

You will also be supported to develop your knowledge and skills by:

  • Understanding relevant safety legislation and safe working practices
  • Developing an understanding in scientific principles underpinning building services engineering systems
  • Understanding how to utilise resources effectively within building services.
  • Understand containment fabrication and jointing techniques for industrial and commercial systems
  • Understand the design principles for example, layout, and operating principles, installation

 

All you need is a genuine passion for the built environment and for developing your career as an electrician as well as 5 GCSE’s with a minimum of C in English, Maths and Science.

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Mechanical (Level 3)

Building Services Engineering makes buildings work; it’s a specialist branch of engineering within the construction sector. Installers/craftsmen undertake the installation, testing, pre-commissioning and decommissioning of large scale industrial and commercial systems. These systems provide heating and cooling, and utilise fossil fuels and sustainable energy systems.

You will have responsibilities from day 1 including:

  • Set, identify and establish requirements of the job
  • Liaise and work with other trades, suppliers and clients as appropriate
  • Undertake work to comply with the relevant standards
  • Plan and monitor work programmes for installing, testing, pre-commissioning and decommissioning systems
  • Contribute to adjusting the configuration of systems as they are installed

 

You will also be supported to develop your knowledge and skills by:

  • Understand relevant safety legislation and safe working practices
  • Understand scientific principles underpinning building services engineering
  • Understand environmental protection measures within building services engineering for effective use of material resources
  • Understand how to utilise resources effectively within building services engineering
  • Understand the preparation requirements for building services engineering sites
  • Installing pipework

 

All apprentices will start with the Installer grade and those deemed capable will by company approval continue with the welding skills to achieve craftsman

All you need is a genuine passion for the built environment and for developing your career as an electrician as well as 5 GCSE’s with a minimum of C in English, Maths and Science.

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