Build Yourself Summer Camp 2017 | Wates

Build Yourself Summer Camp 2017



The Wates Group partnered with education organisation Let Me Play to host the first Wates Summer Camp, designed to encourage and inspire young people to consider a career in the built environment.

The six-day Build Yourself summer camp was held at Loughborough University, and was created to equip the attendees with the skills needed to thrive in the construction industry.

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The residential camp, fully funded by the Wates’ Family Enterprise Trust’s charitable programme, Wates Giving, was attended by 17 students aged 16-18. Some of the attendees were current Think Build students completing work experience in the industry, with this camp designed to support their entrance into construction.

  • 17 Number of course attendees

I had no idea how much the industry offers and the summer camp and internship have definitely changed my view. If I was describing the construction industry since being at Wates on the summer camp I would say it is professional, safe, inspiring and provides great opportunities."

Daniella Perkins Westminster Academy, London


The summer camp was designed and developed in partnership with Let Me Play. Activities were created to encourage young people to become work-ready through team building exercises, career workshops and tasks designed to aid their personal development. The activities contributed towards the attendees’ NCFE Level 1 Award in Employability Skills.

Wates’ Early Careers team, which manages employment programmes for apprentices, graduates and undergraduates, also gave the students an overview of the application process and how the Wates Group support ambitious individuals by helping them develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to progress their career in the industry.

Current Wates trainees offered first hand accounts of their experiences in the construction industry to date whilst senior Wates employees John Carlin, Business Unit Director for the Midlands and Rachel Woolliscroft, Sustainability Director, provided insights into the company’s wider culture and the positive impact the construction industry has on society.

The Wates Summer Camp’s final activity involved the attendees splitting in to four groups to design a leisure centre, theatre, student accommodation or school. As well as sketching the buildings and producing models, the groups considered potential sustainability features for the building and how their design would impact on the local community.

The summer camp was fantastic. We had done a 3 week internship with Wates before attending where I worked independently, been given proper research to do with real deadlines. I met new friends and learned so much about the different roles in construction. It has definitely changed my perception of the industry and is somewhere I want to work."

Ismaeel Hussain Loreto Sixth Form College, Manchester

About Think Build

Think Build gives young people access to mentors, workplace visits and paid internships in the construction industry will support the development of a talent pipeline of enthusiastic, work-ready young people and will also help to address the lack of diversity in the sector.

The programme was developed in parternship with the Wates Group, and launched in September 2016, now has four Think Build clusters in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and London.


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