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About Wates

As a family-owned business we know that our people are at the core of our ongoing success.  We are very proud to be been named Contractor of the Year, Employer of the Year and received the Judges Supreme Award at the Construction News Awards, recognising our position as a leader in our industry.

Wates Group has a proud 119 year history as an independent family owned company.  In 1897 Edward Wates and his three brothers set up the first Wates Company. During the 1920s and 1930s Edward's sons, Norman, Sir Ronald and Allan, expanded the company by pioneering speculative house building and then extended their activities into general contracting. During the Second World War, the company built aerodromes, army camps, factories and most notably, developed a speciality in constructing pre-cast and in situ reinforced concrete barges and floating docks. The company supplied major parts of the Mulberry Harbours that were towed across the Channel after D-Day.

After the War, the company used this knowledge of pre-cast concrete to develop high-rise and low-rise industrialised housing systems and built over 60,000 houses and flats using these techniques. Property development was also added to the core housing, contracting and plant businesses.

Today, Wates has over 3,500 employees.

Wates works on a variety of projects across the public and private sectors from building new homes and providing planned and responsive maintenance to housing associations and local authorities; through to office interiors; construction projects in the commercial, retail, heritage and education sectors; and partnering on joint-venture developments. Having been in business since 1897 we know what we are good at. Our clear strategy ensures we create a stable presence in a changing market. Our mission is to build a sustainable £2bn business across the construction, property services and property developments and investment sectors.

Graduate opportunities

We offer a wide range of opportunities for the graduates and undergraduates wanting a Year out in inductry; please refer to our vacancies for further detail. Our 2-3 year Graduate programme is designed to provide you with the exposure and development to kick start your career. It combines in-house technical and behavioural training with on the job experience and responsibility on one of our projects from day one, plus support in achieving your professional chartered status. This ensures that you have the opportunity to continuously put theory into practice.

No previous experience required! All you need is a passion for the Built Environment and the positive impact it has on communities we live in, as well as the motivation to learn from this excellent development opportunity

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The facts

Organisation's locations: 
London, Nothern Home Counties, Southern Home Counties, the Midlands, North East & North West
Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: