Apprentice Estimator Management Programme - Wates

Apprentice Estimator Management Programme


Competitive Salary 

About us 

Established in 1897, and having celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2022, the Wates Group is one of the leading privately-owned construction, residential development and property services businesses in the UK. We employ over 4,000 people and work with a wide range of public and private sector customers and partners.  

We’re committed to the long-term sustainability of the built environment and aim to eliminate carbon from our operations by 2025. We’re honored to have recently received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, which is a record third win for the company.  

In addition to being a Gold “Investors in People” business, in acknowledgement of our commitment to increasing the proportion of women within our business, Wates Group has been listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022, as it takes action to decrease gender inequality and make Wates a fairer place to work at all levels of our business and broadening the ethnic diversity of our workforce. 

Working for Wates Construction 

Wates Construction is a UK-wide contractor working with partners in both public and private sectors to create a more sustainable built environment and deliver lasting legacies for the communities in which we work. We have significant experience of using innovation to deliver complex projects in a range of sectors including, education, residential, commercial, healthcare and historical restoration. Our projects are delivered through four regional businesses – Central, London, North and South.

About the role 

When you join the Estimating Management Trainee programme, you’ll be responsible for assisting with the preparation of cost estimates and cost planning deliverables for the purpose of work winning in the Pre-Construction function. Supporting the collation and organisation of all tender documents and amendments with the Bid team, and assisting with the measurement of quantities for cost plan production, you’ll also help to produce cost plans and estimates for the bidding process using specialist cost planning and estimating software. 

But your work won’t stop there – you’ll also assist with the preparation of economic inflation reporting, work on the production of subcontract enquiries, and help to analyse sub-contract and supplier return quotations to maximise our profit on projects. Supporting the Estimator with the completion of tender summaries, reports and the preparation of tender preliminaries, you’ll also attend settlement meetings and develop relationships with the supply chain. In addition, we’ll expect you to visit sites in order to gain a full appreciation of the scale, scope and risks associated the scheme to be tendered.

About you  

To be a success on the programme you’ll enjoy learning new things, have a curious nature, be a superb communicator and you won’t be afraid to ask questions. Organised, reliable and professional, and a problem solver with the ability to think logically, you’ll have the initiative to start and complete tasks. It’s important that you possess good time management skills, are able to prioritise your work to meet agreed deadlines.

To be eligible, you’ll need to have achieved/working towards GCSEs grades 4C and above in both Maths and English and a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent, (e.g., Level 3 College qualification, BTEC, T-Level etc) at grades DD or above.  

Please be aware that you should be willing to commute for up to an hour a day around the location for which you apply, and sometimes further. In some instances, you will be required to have a full UK driving licence on commencement of the Programme. See details below. This location can change if you’re assigned to a new site, and as Wates don’t support relocation, you should be comfortable that you can meet this requirement. 

Locations and driving licence requirements 

Manchester - No 

Cardiff - Yes