Graduate Building Services Management Programme - Wates

Graduate Building Services Management Programme

South East London

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

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 Residential

Wates Residential is one of the UK’s leading housing developers operating across London and the South, and we respond to the needs of our customers by developing housing schemes in partnership with both public and private sector organisations. Our business covers new-build and partnership housing development activities, reaffirming our long-term commitment to deliver more homes as we help to address the UK’s urgent need for new housing.

About the role

When you join the Building Services Management Trainee Programme you’ll work alongside the various departments of our Building Services team, learning about the design, installation and maintenance of services and equipment that make a great building. You’ll study the technical and the commercial aspects of the management of projects, and the technology used to enhance systems. Supporting the teams as you build experience through a project’s life cycle and understanding how it all fits together, you’ll learn about the essential services and equipment found in buildings and participate in discussions as you discover how mechanical and electrical services are designed, installed and maintained.

Your additional responsibilities will involve researching current and emerging sustainable technology and how it can be used to produce innovative solutions for development, manufacture and construction processes, observing how the team looks at problems, and ways in which the needs of the business, clients and end-users can be met. You’ll learn how financial and safety constraints impact project delivery, monitor essential information and progress trackers, and support minute taking at meetings. We’ll also expect you to help manage the quality of our subcontractor MEP installations and facilitate client end-user building services training.

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, and you’ll also have obtained or be working towards a 2:2 in any subject.

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

South East London - No

Cambridge - Yes

What’s in it for you?

Our Early Careers Programmes offer rotational development, technical and behavioral training, and a host of additional benefits. We provide the foundation skills, knowledge and experience you’ll need to build a long-term, successful career as you’re mentored by some of the best professionals in the industry. We have over 150 talented trainees on our Programmes, providing amazing opportunities to build a network, collaborate and share learning with your peers.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Company pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Car allowance/company car
  • Health & wellness programme
  • 26 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Industry leading family leave policies
  • Volunteering days

In addition to learning from the best, you’ll be supported all the way through to Chartership, and as we’ll rotate you around our business unit, you’ll get a full breadth of experience. You’ll also receive structured development, a combination of technical and behavioral training, professional mentorship and guidance, and great exposure to our senior leaders. In addition to all this, you’ll also complete an HNC Building Services Engineering Technician qualification and a BSc Building Services qualification as part of the scheme.

The closing date for this role has been updated to midday on Tuesday 5th December. This date may be brought forward or extended in line with the number of applications we receive. We are only able to accept the first application we receive. Any additional applications will be automatically withdrawn.