Degree Apprenticeship

Student Engineer Trainee - Apprentice

Construction/Civil/Infrastructure/Building Services.

Full UK Driving Licence may be required, depending on location.

About us

Established in 1897, and celebrating 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 3,800 people and work with a wide range of public and private sector customers and partners.

Early Careers

At Wates, we are proud to be a family-owned business, small enough to recognise and support great talent, yet big enough to challenge and interest our people through amazing multi-million-pound projects. To us, construction is more than just building. It’s also a chance for us to positively impact the communities where we work and thrive.

We’re committed to the long-term sustainability of the built environment, and aim to eliminate carbon from our operations by 2025. We’re honoured to have recently received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, which is a record third win for the company. We’re also committed to increasing the proportion of women at all levels of our business, and broadening the ethnic diversity of our workforce.

Working for SES

SES Engineering Services (SES) is recognised as one of the leading Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) partners in the UK specialising in the design and installation of building services and infrastructure solutions. We deliver bespoke, design-led and cost-efficient solutions optimised for the whole construction team. We achieve this by maximising off-site manufacture in our production facility ‘SES PRISM’, which minimises on-site resources and interfaces, assuring quality and customer satisfaction.

About the role

When you join the Student Engineer programme, you’ll be responsible for the functional characteristics of a building that takes it from being an empty shell to becoming a comfortable, occupied space. Your tasks will vary from designing the air filtration system in a forensic lab or controlling the temperature in an office to engineering the floodlights in a sports stadium.

Your additional responsibilities will include advising on cost-effective and energy efficient building services solutions, and using computer-aided design and building information modelling software to draw plans. You’ll also manage the installation of mechanical and electrical services during refurbishment or new build construction, and ensure building services meet health and safety requirements and environmental legislation.

We’ll also expect you to test and commission the mechanical and electrical services you managed during installation, and hand over construction projects to the client while proving the installations meet the necessary requirements. 

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 hold a full UK driving licence for some locations (see below).

For our Higher Apprenticeship you should have 2 A Levels or their equivalent at minimum grades DD, and a minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade 4/C and above, including Maths and English. For a Degree Apprenticeship you should have 3 A Levels or their equivalent at grades BBB or above, and a minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade 4/C and above, including Maths and English.

Please be aware that you should be willing to commute for up to an hour a day around the location you apply for. 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:

  • Birmingham or Midlands: Driving - Yes
  • Leeds or York: Driving - Yes
  • London: Driving - Yes
  • Manchester: Driving - Yes
  • Newcastle or North East: Driving - Yes
  • Oxford: Driving - No
  • Coventry: Driving - Yes
  • Sunderland or North East: Driving - No

What’s in it for you?

Our Early Careers programmes offer rotational development, technical and behavioural 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.

In addition to learning from the best, you’ll enjoy a competitive industry salary and benefits package, 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 behavioural training, professional mentorship and guidance, and great exposure to our senior leaders. If your degree is in a non-construction related subject, you’ll also complete a higher apprenticeship in Construction Management as part of your trainee scheme. 

Applications for this role will close at midday on Monday 19th December. This date may be brought forward or extended in line with the number of applications we receive.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: December 19th, 2022
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • Birmingham, Leeds, York, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Coventry and Sunderland
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