Graduates

The knowledge and experience to succeed

Graduate Programme

If you’re looking for a graduate programme full of innovation, opportunity and diversity, you’re in the right place. The Wates graduate scheme offers you the opportunity to gain experience and technical knowledge to succeed in your career at Wates.

Our programme offers structured development through experience on the job, technical exposure, behavioural skills and commitment to support you to achieve Chartership. All you need is a passion for the built environment, the motivation to learn and the drive to excel in your career.

 

Career Paths

Production

The Wates operations teams are at the heart of any project and are involved in managing projects and developing good working relationships with the client, design team and supply chain by promoting best practice throughout the whole construction process. You will spend your time onsite at the centre of some of our biggest projects within Construction, Residential Developments, Living Space, Engineering or Smartspace

Our Production Management Graduate 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.

The role

  • 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
  • Developing an understanding in technical practices and sequences on projects.
  • Contributing knowledge and skills to the delivery of the project on time, on budget and to the required quality
  • Ensuring our subcontractors are delivering at the highest standards

What we’re looking for

  • 2:1 degree and minimum B in Maths and English GCSE or equivalent
  • A genuine passion for construction
  • Ability to communicate and engage with different people
  • Logical approach to problem solving

Commercial

The commercial, Quantity Surveying teams within Wates are largely responsible for the contractual and financial management of a project. A combination of law, business and finance skills are used to manage relationships with key stakeholders including clients, designers, subcontractors and suppliers.

Our commercial teams play a vital role in the construction of our projects. As well as working closely with our site teams to ensure our quality projects are financially viable, they build relationships with our supply chain and safeguard our commercial position.

The Commercial Management Graduate Programme will give you the opportunity to engage in on the job training in key elements of construction, including estimating, cost planning, health and safety, contracts, quantity surveying and production.

The role

  • Safeguarding our contractual position relating to progress of the project, design responsibility and our legal obligations to subcontractors regarding payments
  • Providing sound contractual, commercial and financial updates to key stakeholders, including the preparation of reports
  • Undertaking tender analysis and negotiating the best rates and prices with suppliers whilst ensuring we receive the highest quality and standard
  • Preparing contracts for the procurement of technical and site specific packages
  • Developing good relationships with our clients, designers, subcontractors and suppliers through dealing fairly and professionally in all financial and contractual matters

What we’re looking for

  • 2:1 degree and minimum B in Maths and English GCSE or equivalent
  • Interest and ability to work with complex financial information
  • Ability to communicate with people across a range of disciplines
  • Logical approach to problem solving
  • Keen eye for detail

 

Building Services Engineering

Building Services manage the complex systems that bring a building to life. Managing the living and working environment on a project can range from controlling the temperature, lighting, data, fire systems and much more, to designing and planning the installation of these services.

Our Building Services Engineering Graduate 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.

The role

  • Developing your understanding of mechanical and electrical engineering systems and  its impact on the project and end user
  • Understanding how life systems are mapped and installed
  • Problem solving key design or installation challenges on live projects in conjunction with design team and subcontractors
  • Promoting and upholding Wates’ reputation for providing the highest standards of site safety, health and welfare and protection of the environment
  • Developing good working relationships with the client, site team and supply chain by promoting best practice throughout the whole construction process
  • Developing your knowledge and work practices within the guidelines of safety and legislative regulations
  • Work with our supply chain and surveyors to protect Wates’ commercial position and the potential for profit and repeat business

What we’re looking for

  • 2:1 in you Building Services, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering degree and minimum B in Maths and English GCSE or equivalent
  • A genuine passion for construction
  • Interest in building services systems
  • Logical approach to problem solving
  • Keen eye for detail

 

Planning

Construction planning is fundamental to the management and execution of all construction projects. It involves mapping logistics, plant materials and resources to ensure projects are delivered smoothly.

Joining our planning team is an exciting prospect and will enable you to be at the forefront of our projects. The Trainee Planner programme is carefully designed to develop your understanding of the key elements of construction including design, engineering, production, health and safety, building services, estimating and commercial.

The role

  • 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 when planning project delivery
  • Understanding contractual requirements and implementing these within the planning phase
  • Working with the planning team to map out the project delivery from start to finish
  • Understanding how design and procurement influence a project
  • Producing the best programme for project delivery and effectively communicating this with site teams and key stakeholders

What we’re looking for

  • 2:1 degree and minimum B in Maths and English GCSE or equivalent
  • Ability to analyse complex information and data
  • Logical approach to problem solving
  • Keen eye for detail
  • The ability to communicate with different people

Three step selection process

 

1) Application form

The first stage is completing the application form. This is your opportunity to shine and demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm to start your career at Wates.

2) Video interview

If your application is successful, we will invite you to complete a video interview. We’ll send you all the information you need beforehand.

 

3) Assessment centre

If you perform well at your video interview, we’ll invite you to attend one of our assessment centres. This is your chance to learn more about Wates, as well as meet some senior Wates people. You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities.

We recruit on a first come, first served basis, so we would encourage you to get your applications in early. Read our application tips before you start your application.

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