Early Careers | Wates

Start Your Career With Wates

At Wates, we are proud to be a family-owned business, small enough to recognise and support great talent, yet big enough to challenge and interest our people through amazing multi-million-pound projects. To us, construction is more than just building. It’s also a chance for us to positively impact the communities where we work and thrive.

Our Early Careers programmes offer a range of exciting development opportunities to undergraduates, graduates, school and college leavers as well as trade professionals. No matter what your background or aspiration, we’ll help you find the right path where you can explore, grow and thrive as a professional.

With rotational development, technical and behavioural training and a host of additional benefits, our programmes provide the foundation skills, knowledge and experience you need to build a long-term, successful career. You’ll get to work with and be mentored by some of the best professionals in the industry, and with over 120 talented trainees on our programmes, you’ll also have amazing opportunities to build a network, collaborate and share learning with your peers.

We trust you to get involved from the moment you walk through the door, empowering you with variety and responsibility, and with our business spanning across construction, development and property services, the pathways and possibilities are endless!

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Our Values

Our culture really matters to us. Despite our growth and success, we have always stayed true to ourselves, retaining our personal touch. We live our core company values every day, in everything we do. Together, these values guide how we show up, both as a business and as individuals.


Our relationships are built on trust. Those who work for us, and with us, have a right to be treated fairly. We will not compromise on maintaining the highest safety standards. Our reputation matters to us. We are here for the long term.


We take an intelligent approach to everything we do. We pool our skills and energies in pursuit of the best solutions.


Delivering value to our customers, partners and shareholders is the focus of our work. We work hard to generate excellent results.


We are committed to realising our vision through teamwork. Our people and our processes work together in a connected and seamless way.

Respect for People and Communities

We strive for an inclusive culture based on mutual respect. We respect each other, our suppliers, our customers, our partners, our communities and society at large. We communicate openly with each other and we listen.

Passionate about Safety

Health and safety is a primary focus for us at Wates. Our goal is to be a Zero Harm environment, creating a healthy and safe workplace for all. We have introduced several policies and procedures that set out our health and safety requirements and developed a comprehensive training programme to practically equip our people to take on their responsibilities for health and safety. From our Executive Committee to our site teams, we believe that everyone has the responsibility and opportunity to be safe together. Our Health and Safety Team also support and regularly advise our people to help ensure we deliver our plans and targets, safely.

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