3.1 Site management


"The Wates Group subcontracts many tasks to smaller companies. This is because every project is different, so needs a different mix of skills. I draw up Scopes of Works. These describe the work that each subcontractor will do. I measure their work as it takes place and arrange payment for each subcontractor as they complete each stage to specification.

It’s great to see a project from start to finish and know that you’ve helped to create a new development."

Chris Todd, Wates Trainee

As a group, consider the types of subcontractor that Wates might use.

Open a list of tasks that Wates often subcontracts.

Use the internet to find an example of a few types of company.

You are the site manager for a large development. You will be working with seven subcontractors for:

image: Subcontractor installing wiring
  • groundwork and foundations
  • drains
  • steel structure
  • bricklaying
  • roofing
  • mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations (MEP)
  • interiors

Working with a group of friends, each choose a subcontractor:

  • Create a team chart to show how you will manage your company’s team.
  • You will need your own site manager as well as a trade manager and your site workers.

Now combine your charts into a single ‘master chart’. This should show how your subcontracting companies will each report to the main site manager.




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I like being able to move around from one job to the next, being in different places all the time. I also enjoy working with people.

Jamie Read
Apprentice Painter and Decorator