Company 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. Its 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, well help you find the right path where you can explore, grow and thrive as a professional.

At the start of 2020, the Wates Group committed to three ambitious environmental targets for 2025: Zero Waste, and Zero Carbon, from our operations and Positive Nature Enhancement, These are challenging targets and ones which will require us to change our habits.

 Our engagement campaign, called ‘Changing our Habits’ has been devised to help us challenge ourselves, our customers, our partners and our supply chain, to find better ways to innovate and make big, meaningful and lasting changes to the way we operate.

First Zero Carbon schools take shape with modern methods of construction

Work has already begun on some of the UK’s first net-zero schools to be built by Wates for the Department for Education. Sir James Wates broke ground at one of the first, Lytham St Annes High School, which once complete, will be net-zero in operation. The project is being delivered using modern methods of construction and the Wates Adapt solution, a component-based school kit which offers a more sustainable method of construction, ensuring less waste and higher finished quality through its emphasis on offsite manufacture.

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7.6 million spent with Social Enterprises in 2020
56% Energy Saving since 2019

Why join us?

  • 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.
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"The apprenticeship at Wates has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in the construction industry"
Nathan Chandler - Engineering Apprentice

Level 2 & 3 Apprenticeships at Wates

Our industry-recognised apprenticeships are a great opportunity for school and college leavers to build their career from the ground up.

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 Nationwide for Business Admin, Customer Service, Trades and Professional Apprentices. We typically recruit twice a year with a January or September start.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Keen To Become Professionally Qualified?

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
  • You'll 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.

Blog: My Apprenticeship at Wates is giving me a head start to a career in construction

Going to university is often seen as the only path to career success but with the prospect of a five-figure debt and no guaranteed job at the end of it, Julia Cox has chosen an alternative route to a future in construction.

I recently finished further education, leaving college with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business. While studying I earnestly contemplated the important decisions facing all FE students – whether to continue my studies at university or enter the world of work.

Follow the link to read the full story.

MYTHBUSTERS – what it’s really like to work in the built environment

There are a huge variety of different roles available in the built environment.  It’s not just about working on building sites. The construction industry needs people from all walks of life with a wide range of skills, from designers, lawyers, writers to project managers, accountants and surveyors, just to name a few.

Hear from some of our apprentices and trainees below who are helping to debunk the common myths about apprenticeships in construction.