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Acknowledging the drive and talent of our people

The past few months has seen my team in the North West face adversity we could never have envisaged and I am proud of them all for rising so brilliantly to the challenges presented.

While Covid has put a stop to many of our industry events, I’m determined that honours are still paid to our talented people – two of whom have recently been awarded Trainee of the Year and Young Professional of the Year at the North West Constructing Excellence G4C Awards.

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Dave Saville, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North West


Lewis Hough, one of our talented buyers, has been awarded Young Professional of the Year

This award is a fantastic achievement considering he has only worked in the industry for six years.

In this short space of time he’s progressed from site painter, to administrator, all the way to Regional Buyer while gaining a first class honours degree in Construction Project Management. His motivation and attitude is rare to find, and he impresses everyone he meets.

Peter Glasgow - Production Management TraineesPeter Glasgow, one of our ambitious North West graduates, has been named Trainee of the Year

One of our Production Management Trainees, Peter joined the construction industry with no prior experience yet has taken to it like a duck to water. In only 18 months he’s made a huge impact on the teams and sites he’s worked on, and has taken the lead in championing the construction industry to others, whatever chance he gets.

Dedicated to delivering

The G4C award schemes recognise the future leaders of our industry and I’m incredibly proud of them both but also not surprised. Peter and Lewis’ talent and dedication have only been proven more since lockdown began, and I’ve been so impressed by them both.

With Lewis’ role as a Buyer he has been integral to keeping our sites operating safely. As soon as lockdown was announced he took on the mammoth task of procuring materials and PPE for both Wates and our subcontractors, to make sure our schemes like Maes Gwern in Flintshire and Sands Leisure Centre in Carlisle, could all continue to stay open.

And while Peter was initially furloughed at the start of lockdown as many of our trainees were to help support social distancing on sites he has now returned and thrown himself into making sure his sites hit their delivery dates, co-ordinating fit-out works at St. Helen’s Fire Station and also managing a handover at Upton Primary School.

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Peter Glasgow hosts a virtual site tour of St. Helen's Fire Station in Merseyside

The future of construction

At Wates, we are investing in our young talent, to make sure they continue to develop the best skills possible, both on site and off. With many of our trainees going on to secure senior positions and with accolades like Peter and Lewis’ wins at the G4C Awards, it is clear that we are successfully doing this.

With so many additional requirements to consider now, delivering exemplary projects has become more challenging even for those with decades of experience, never mind for those at the start of their careers. It is incredibly encouraging to see so many of our young employees finding innovative solutions to these challenges the future of construction is in safe hands.

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