Early Careers

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Early Careers Programmes

We are looking for motivated individuals with a passion for learning and a keen interest in the construction, development and property services industries to join our business.

Our early careers programmes are designed to provide you with the right knowledge, skills and experience to develop your career at Wates.

If you are passionate about developing your career and are driven to succeed, we want to hear from you.

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Graduates

No previous experience is required. All you need is a passion for the built environment and the positive impact it has on our communities, as well as the motivation to learn from this excellent development opportunity.

Our 2-3 year Graduate programme is designed to provide you with the exposure and development to kick start your career. It combines in-house technical and behavioural training with on the job experience and responsibility on one of our projects from day one, plus support in achieving your professional chartered status. This ensures that you have the opportunity to continuously put theory into practice.

Click on the programmes below to learn more about our roles and to register your interest in our programmes. We will contact you when the application window is open again

Production

Our Production Management Graduate programme is an important step towards becoming a Site or Project 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.

Graduates with/expecting at least a 2:1 in any degree and a minimum of a grade B (or 5) in Maths and English GCSE.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Quantity Surveying

Our Commercial teams play a vital role in the construction/ engineering of our projects. 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:

  • Assisting the Site and Project Surveyors in the preparation of internal/external valuations, measurements/take offs, payment notices and final account notices.
  • 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.

Graduates with/expecting at least a 2:1 in any degree and a minimum of a grade B (or 5) in Maths and English GCSE.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Building Services

Our 2-3 year Production MEP Management Graduate programme is an important step towards becoming a Building Services Manager. 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 Engineering 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.

A passion for construction is key for this opportunity but we are also looking for people who are:

Graduates with/expecting at least a 2:1 in your degree (Building Services Engineering, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering) and a minimum of a grade B (or 5) in Maths and English GCSE

Or

People with a trade background in commercial mechanical or electrical engineering who would like to progress towards professional management.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Planning

Construction planning is fundamental to the management and execution of all construction projects. It involves mapping out logistics, plant materials and resources to ensure everything comes together to build projects smoothly.

Joining our planning team is an exciting prospect and will enable you to be in the driving seat of our projects.

In the planning team you will be part of:

  • Selecting the most appropriate construction methods and sequences.
  • Scheduling work activities, both temporary and permanent, and organising them into a logical structure and sequence.
  • Estimating the required resources, machinery and durations for the individual tasks
  • Identifying how different tasks interact with each other.
  • Producing the best programme for project delivery and effectively communicating this to stakeholders.

The Planner Trainee programme is carefully designed to develop your understanding of the key elements of construction including design, engineering, production, health and safety, building services and commercial.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Actively build working relationships with site teams, clients, sub-contractors and peers.
  • Develop an understanding and awareness of contractual requirements from both clients and sub-contractors.
  • Assist with the bidding process and preparation of proposals. Develop an understanding of how design and procurement influence a project.
  • Manage and promote the Wates health and safety standards.

Some of the specific tasks you may undertake are:

  • Production of programmes in gantt chart and other formats.
  • Preparation of logistic plans and other key documentation.
  • Producing short term and target programmes
  • Involvement in bids – programme, method, prelims build up etc.
  • Involvement on site – progress checking, supply chain programmes.

Graduates with/expecting at least a 2:1 preferably in a construction related degree and a minimum of a grade B (or 5) in Maths and English GCSE

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Developments

Wates Developments is an industry expert in land, planning and joint venture developments. Our Developments Graduate programme will allow you to draw on these expertise and work towards a becoming a Senior Land & Planning Manager

You will be expected to engage in on the job training in key elements of Land & Planning, including for example Finance, Legal, Risk, SHE Policy and Projects

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

  • Assisting the Projects and Land team in the appraisal, management, purchase and disposal of land in line with the Wates Developments Business Plan.
  • Building knowledge and understanding of the Wates.
  • Developments budget, forecast and business plan.
    Developing a basic understanding of Wates Group SHE policies and best practice relevant to Wates Developments.
  • Working towards becoming a subject matter expert in the field of politics, localism, and issues surrounding land & planning.
  • Developing an understanding of people & leadership skills, interaction and networking by attending landowner, agent, professional and local authority meetings.

Some of the specific tasks you may undertake are:

  • Contribute to quarterly updates of financial appraisals of portfolio sites and the preparation of reports and forecasts to assist in the general administration of the business.
  • Reviewing sites that sit within the property portfolio and identify those sites with development potential.
  • Build relationships and establish regular contact with planning and other built environment professionals.
  • Provide support with different types of land deals with particular emphasis on option agreements, unconditional contracts and legal documents associated with HBJVs.
  • Involvement in due diligence in terms of planning, legal, technical and sales for acquisition approvals.

Graduates with/expecting at least a 2:1 in a property related degree (MRTPI or RICS accredited) and a minimum of a grade B (or 5) in Maths and English GCSE.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Undergraduate Year-Out programme

Our year-out placement programme offers undergraduates who are studying a construction related qualification, the opportunity to gain relevant on the job experience.

This structured programme is the first step in understanding more about the industry and application of the knowledge you’ve gained in your degree so far. You’ll be given the opportunity to gain on the job experience, technical and behavioural development.

Click on our programmes below to find out more about the pathways we offer and to register your interest. We will contact you when the application window is open again.

Commercial

Our Commercial teams play a vital role in the construction of our projects. 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. Our year-out Commercial programme is an exciting opportunity to understand more about how Quantity Surveying is applied on live construction sites.

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, surveying 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:

  • Assisting the Site and Project Surveyors in the preparation of internal/external valuations, measurements/take offs, payment notices and final account notices.
  • 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 in the built environment, studying towards your quantity surveying and on track to receive a 2:1 grade.

If successful, you may be eligible to join our graduate programme on completion of your degree.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Production

Our Production Management year-out placement programme is an important step in learning about the role of Site or Project Managers.

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 studying towards a construction related degree and on track to receive a 2:1 classification.

If successful, you may be eligible to join our graduate programme on completion of your degree.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Building Services

Our Building Services Engineering year-out placement programme is an important step in learning about the role of Building Services Managers. 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 Engineering 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.

A passion for construction is key for this opportunity but we are also looking for people who are:

Currently studying towards your Building Services Engineering or Electrical Engineering degree, and working towards achieving a 2:1 in your degree as well as a minimum of a grade B (or 5) in Maths and English GCSE.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

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.

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.

Level 4 – All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or 9-4 under the new grading structure) with a minimum of B (or 5) in Maths and English.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Level 6 – All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment, a minimum of 8 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or 9-4 under the new grading structure) with a minimum of B (or 5) in Maths and English, and a HNC in a construction related subject.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

 

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.

Level 4 – All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or 9-4 under the new grading structure) with a minimum of B (or 5) in Maths and English.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Level 6 – All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment, a minimum of 8 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or 9-4 under the new grading structure) with a minimum of B (or 5) in Maths and English, and a HNC in a construction related subject.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Building Services

Our Building Services Engineering 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 Engineering 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.

Level 4:

All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or 9-4 under the new grading structure) with at least a B (or 5) in Maths and English and have 5 years’ experience in a mechanical or electrical trade.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Level 6:

All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment, a minimum of HNC in Building Services or Engineering and at least a B (or 5) in Maths and English.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Estimating

Estimating is an essential function which fits within the preconstruction stage of a project. Estimators hold a pivotal role within preconstruction and are responsible for estimating the costs of a building project. They work with all the other functions (design, building services, planning and advisors) to pull together all their requirements and express them in an estimate which can then be offered as a price to the customer. The cost of a scheme is usually the most important factor when a customer decides who to select and work with.

In this role, you will experience all the elements of building from design, construction, supply chain, materials, product specifications, cost planning, engineering and planning. Estimating can be a rewarding profession and allows you to gain a very rounded experience of all elements and professions within the industry.

Our Estimating Management Trainee program has been designed to give the best start in a rewarding career as an estimator

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

  • Building financial knowledge by working with our existing estimating team on live bids and gaining knowledge and understanding of the estimating process.
  • Developing good working relationships with all functions within the preconstruction function (design, planning, commercial, proposals and bid management).
  • Gaining site experience and an understanding of the wider business by working for a period of time on live sites to see building in action and being able to see the transition from a bid into a real live project.
  • Developing new IT skills in estimating software such as Onsite and Causeway and using this to produce take-offs and estimates.
  • Refining orgainisational skills by working to strict tender timescales and following defined tender processes.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding on risk management and how we manage this in the tender process.

Some of the specific tasks you may undertake are:

  • Assist in compiling and issuing subcontract tender enquiries.
  • Producing simple take offs for sites works and basic construction Reviewing and comparing subcontract tender prices and assisting the estimating team on best prices.
  • Assist in adding and maintaining the preferred supply chain database.
  • Engaging with on-site teams to understand construction project requirements and accurately price projects.

Level 4 – All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or 9-4 under the new grading structure) with a minimum of B (or 5) in Maths and English.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Level 6 – All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment, a minimum of 8 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or 9-4 under the new grading structure) with a minimum of B (or 5) in Maths and English, and a HNC in a construction related subject.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Planning

Construction planning is fundamental to the management and execution of all construction projects. It involves mapping out logistics, plant materials and resources to ensure everything comes together to build projects smoothly.

Joining our planning team is an exciting prospect and will enable you to be in the driving seat of our projects.

In the planning team you will be part of:

  • Selecting the most appropriate construction methods and sequences.
  • Scheduling work activities, both temporary and permanent, and organising them into a logical structure and sequence.
  • Estimating the required resources, machinery and durations for the individual tasks.
  • Identifying how different tasks interact with each other.
  • Producing the best programme for project delivery and effectively communicating this to stakeholders.

The Planner Trainee programme is carefully designed to develop your understanding of the key elements of construction including design, engineering, production, health and safety, building services and commercial.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Actively build working relationships with site teams, clients, sub-contractors and peers.
  • Develop an understanding and awareness of contractual requirements from both clients and sub-contractors.
  • Assist with the bidding process and preparation of proposals. Develop an understanding of how design and procurement influence a project
  • Manage and promote the Wates health and safety standards.

Some of the specific tasks you may undertake are:

  • Production of programmes in gantt chart and other formats.
  • Preparation of logistic plans and other key documentation.
  • Producing short term and target programmes.
  • Involvement in bids – programme, method, prelims build up etc.
  • Involvement on site – progress checking, supply chain programmes.

Level 4 – All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or 9-4 under the new grading structure) with a minimum of B (or 5) in Maths and English.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Level 6 – All you need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment, a minimum of 8 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or 9-4 under the new grading structure) with a minimum of B (or 5) in Maths and English, and a HNC in a construction related subject.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

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