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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.

If you are a graduate our graduate programme has a route for you. Each of our programmes provides an opportunity to build on your individual strengths, learning through rewarding work, and are supported by experts and professional education.

What can you expect from the application process?

The first stage is a short application form on the application form you will be asked for information about yourself, your education and employment background. There are five competency-based 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 built environment, motivation to learn and the drive to excel in your career.

Wates is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to employing diverse teams. We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills. If you have a disability or any reasonable adjustment that requires accommodation, please contact us.

If you require assistance because you do not have access to the right technology, or the right setting to complete the online parts of our process please contact us.

If you believe any exceptional circumstances have affected your exam results please specify these in your application.

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Industry sectors
  • Property, Construction & QS
  • Sales & Lettings
  • Property Consultant
  • Property Asset Management
  • Construction
  • Surveying
  • Building Services