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Early Careers at Wates Group

At Wates, we have various training schemes to help you launch your future career in construction. 

 

Wates Graduate Programme

Recently graduated? Get your career off to a strong start at Wates! No previous experience is required. All you need is a passion for the built environment, motivation to learn and the drive to excel in your career.

If you're looking for a role full of innovation, opportunity and variety, then you're in the right place. Here are some of the core benefits our Graduate Programme will give you.

  • We support you to become chartered and offer competitive industry pay.
  • We pride ourselves in recruiting graduates from all disciplines. No matter what your degree subject or background, we'll train you up towards a construction career.
  • We'll rotate you around our business, ensuring you get a full breadth experience across our variety of departments and disciplines.
  • You'll receive structured development and a combination of technical and behavioural training. This will set you up with everything you need to excel in your career, both personally and professionally.
  • Enjoy fantastic opportunities to make an impact. We love to empower our graduates with responsibility including opportunities to work on multi-million-pound projects.
  • You'll receive professional mentorship and guidance as well as great exposure to our senior leaders.

Many of our graduates have gone on to have long, successful careers at Wates. With our business spanning across construction, development and property services, the long-term career opportunities are endless, as is the earning potential.

 

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Level 2 & 3 Apprenticeship Programmes 

Our Level 2 and & 3 Apprenticeship programmes are tailored specifically for those who want to start a career as trade professionals or within business support functions. Opportunities are available countrywide for Business Admin, Customer Service, Trades and Professional Apprentices. We typically recruit twice a year with a January or September start.

Below are some of the core benefits our level 2 and 3 apprenticeships will give you:

  • You’ll experience a wide variety of projects, getting a full understanding of our business and your particular area of qualification.
  • You’ll get real hands-on experience, be out on our construction sites and have the opportunity to be mentored and supported by seasoned professionals.
  • You’ll also finish our apprenticeships fully qualified in a trade and with a nationally recognised qualification.

Many of our apprentices have gone on to have long, successful careers at Wates. In fact, some of our senior directors actually started their careers as apprentices!

 

Higher & Degree Apprenticeships 

You might think that a career in construction is all about bricklaying, but at Wates, the opportunities are endless! Here are some of the benefits that make our higher and degree apprenticeships stand out.

  • We will support you all the way towards getting your Bachelors degree and full chartership
  • Youll experience numerous placements, ensuring you get a range of practical experience across our large business and its variety of disciplines
  • You'll receive structured development and a combination of both technical and behavioural training. This will set you up with everything you need to excel in your career, both personally and professionally
  • Throughout your development, you will 
    be well looked after, supported and mentored by seasoned professionals
  • With our business spanning across construction, development and property services, the long-term career opportunities are endless, as is the earning potential

Traineeships at Wates

A traineeship will provide you with the opportunity to develop yourself and your technical skills enabling you to have a successful career. You will be supported on your journey as you work for one of the leading privately-owned construction, residential, development and property services businesses in the UK.

 

 

What can you expect from the application process?

On the application form, you will be asked for information about yourself, your education and employment background. There are three questions that will assess your motivation for wanting to join Wates and your career aspirations. If you are successful in this stage, you will be asked to complete a video interview. The final stage is a virtual assessment centre.

Overall, we are looking for a passion for the built environment, motivation to learn and the drive to excel in your career.

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