Apprentice Quantity Surveying Management Programme - Wates

Apprentice Quantity Surveying Management Programme

Milton Keynes

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 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 us on the Apprentice Quantity Surveying Management Programme you’ll develop an understanding of our commercial processes and activities and be involved with project delivery in relation to profit and risk management. Learning how to value and pay sub-contractors, and prepare and issue payment notices, you’ll also prepare tender and contract documents, and develop an understanding of our professional standards and governance procedures, and how to implement these.

You’ll have a wide range of additional responsibilities, including producing and analysing reports to ensure projects are financially viable, and providing contractual, commercial and financial information to your line manager and other functions. We’ll expect you to safeguard Wates’ contractual position in respect of the progress of works, design responsibilities and our legal obligations to sub-contractors, and you’ll build effective working relations with key stakeholders, clients, wider teams and supply chains. You’ll also be involved in forecasting, risk assessment and the monitoring of cashflow, and help to build a bid winning strategy while identifying our customer’s key requirements. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll move into an Assistant Quantity Surveyor role.

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

  • Cambridge - Yes
  • Leatherhead - No
  • Manchester - both driving and non-essential driving licence roles available
  • Milton Keynes - Yes
  • Newbury - Yes
  • Warrington - No

We do have some specific requirements for the following locations that you need to be mindful of before applying.


For this position, you will be based from a specific office location but will work on projects geographically widespread, required to travel between project locations across the region, particularly the Reading and Bristol areas. Expenses will be fully funded by the company, but it’s important for you to be flexible and committed to travelling.

Warrington, Luton and Leatherhead:

For these positions, you will be based from a specific office location but our projects are geographically widespread, so you will regularly be required to travel between multiple project locations across the respective regions. Expenses will be fully funded by the company, but it’s important for you to be flexible and committed to travelling.


We have two roles available, one working within Wates Construction and the other with SES Engineering Services (SES), recognised as one of the leading Mechanical and Electrical partners in the UK, specialising in the design and installation of building services and infrastructure solutions.