Full UK Driving Licence may be required, depending on location.
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. 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.
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.
When you join the Bid Management Trainee programme, you’ll be working alongside our Bid Management team, learning about commercial aspects of the industry and helping with administrative processes that relate to bidding for projects and winning work. You’ll be exposed to different functions as you gain the relevant knowledge you’ll need to assist the team prepare and write responses for bids, and experience a project’s life cycle. Using Microsoft and Adobe applications to compile electronic submissions, and understanding how e-portals and other submission methods work, you’ll ensure the necessary steps and reviews are planned prior to submission.
Your additional tasks will include helping to build a bid winning strategy, identifying the customer’s key requirements and concerns, and keeping documents up to date with relevant content such as case studies, evidence and CVs. You’ll also manage a responsibility matrix for each bid over the pre-construction phase to manage the team and workload effectively, produce customer-focused responses and strategies for bid submissions, and work with colleagues to build networks that support information gathering.
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 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.
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 Quantity Surveying as part of your trainee scheme.
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