- why wates?
- our businesses
- project stories
- thought leadership
investing in regeneration
We understand that regenerating an area is not just about providing new or improved homes and moving on – it is about bringing long-lasting change to a whole community and transforming the way residents feel about living and working in their local neighbourhood.
- Getting local people into work. We have invested more than £1m in community employment schemes every year. Through our own Building Futures scheme, we have helped often overlooked groups such as single parents, ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed back into work: an average 65% of people who complete the programme find a job.
- Employer engagement. We actively engage with local SMs and BMEs to improve employment and prosperity in the communities we build for.
- Apprentice initiatives. We know that apprentices are the lifeblood of the industry’s future and we spend around £21,000 on each one to make sure they are up to scratch. We currently have around 39 apprentices across the business. We have also taken on our first non-trade apprentice in London.
- Community projects. Every year, our staff give over 10,000 hours to projects across the UK – including our annual community day.