Thousands of home improvements on the way with Places for People

We have been appointed by leading UK social enterprise, Places for People, to upgrade thousands of homes across the central and north east as part of a £104m major works investment framework.

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We’ve exceeded our social value targets and launched social enterprise programme for fourth consecutive year

We’ve exceeded its social value targets to assist social enterprises and get young people engaged in a career in the construction industry.

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ASSETS: Assisting Social Enterprises to Succeed 2024

For the fourth consecutive year, we’re thrilled to invite social and
environmental impact-driVen organisations to be part of this transformative programme.

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National Apprenticeship Week: Chardae Opoku-Afranie

Chardae’s journey into the construction industry exemplifies resilience, ambition, and the power of representation.

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National Apprenticeship Week: Jacob Oxley

Jacob is 18 and lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He undertook a T-Level in Design, Surveying and Planning from August 2022 to June 2023

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National Apprenticeship Week: Sufyaan Akhtar

Meet Sufyaan, a Production Management Trainee at Wates who has seamlessly blended responsibilities in site management and engineering since starting in September 2023.

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National Apprenticeship Week: Oltjon Aliaj

Oltjon Aliaj is a Higher-Level Apprentice who joined Wates as a Building Services Engineer Trainee in September 2023.

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National Apprenticeship Week: Jess Jonas

Jess kickstarted her journey with Wates after finishing her GCSE’s at 16, starting as a Level 3 Apprentice.

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New chief supply chain and quality officer – Rosie Toogood

Today we announce the appointment of Rosie Toogood as Chief Supply Chain and Quality Officer.

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Build your future with us

Learn more about an apprenticeship in the built environment

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We’ve renewed our partnership with STEM returners to drive gender equality in construction

We’re furthering our commitment to improving gender imbalances across the construction industry by launching our second STEM Returners programme.

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New Group Sustainability Director – Cressida Curtis

Today we announce the appointment of Cressida Curtis as our new Group Sustainability Director. She will join in the new year and sit on the Group’s Executive Committee, reporting to Chief Executive, Eoghan O’Lionaird

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SHDF wave 2.1 contracts exceed £100m

We’ve further cemented our presence as a leader in social housing retrofit having secured £107m of Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) Wave 2.1 contracts on behalf of 17 social landlords.

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Championing young talent

We caught up with our Customer Services Apprentice, Kaydn, to chat all about his experience of our early careers programme, from his passion for learning on the job to his day-to-day responsibilities.

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Our net zero target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative

Today we are proud to announce that the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has approved our long-term science-based emissions reduction targets.

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An increased focus on customer experience with senior promotion

Chey Godfrey has been promoted to Support Services Operations Manager within our facilities management (FM) business to increase the focus on compliance for our growing facilities management customer base.

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Will Bayley MBE: The countdown to Paris 2024 is on!

With less than a year to go to the 2024 Summer Paralympics in Paris, we caught up with reigning world number one paralympic table tennis player and our long-time sponsorship partner, Will Bayley MBE, to find out his plans for next year and beyond.

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Unlocking Productivity and Sustainability: Insights from Our Chief Executive, Eoghan O’Lionaird

In his first major profile interview since becoming Chief Executive, Eoghan O’Lionaird talks to Colin Marrs, Editor of Construction News, about his approach to leadership, and the top issues in his in-tray.

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