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Willmott Dixon Construction

Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned contracting and interior fit-out group. Founded in 1852, we are dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in our communities and environment and in 2018 were one of only six companies to receive a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the promoting opportunity through social mobility category. We create value for customers, stakeholders and communities by working in a sustainable and responsible way to shape the built environment and make a positive impact to society's well-being.

Employer Overview

Our approach is that we can never stop improving, we can always keep learning and getting better! This starts with John Waterman and runs right through our construction team, and the aim is that through our work we build lives that are less ordinary.

 Our Building on Better strategy is about getting the best results for our customers by ensuring nothing is taken for granted, no matter how good we think it is, how excellent the project - we can always learn and improve!

Our Construction teams are passionate about quality for our customers in all sectors; education, leisure and culture, hotels, offices, custodial, health, retail, national frameworks for Government and local authorities.

The balance between being a national company and having local presence is something we are proud to have. It also helps our ‘local pound’ approach of working with local companies where possible, with up to 40 per cent of a project’s spending distributed within 20 miles.

For customers, their project is centre stage for our team, as is our knowledge of their local community requirements, rather than being lost as a small part of national structure.

"To enable our company to be a place where employees feel challenged, content and included, we have placed equality and diversity at the heart of everything we do. We have long held the belief that diverse, complementary teams are the most effective and this belief is embedded in our values."


Rick Willmott, Group Chief Executive, Willmott Dixon

Why Work With Us

Everyone has a unique potential and ability to make a difference and succeed; if you want your skills developed and talent recognised, come and work for us! Attracting a diverse workforce that contributes across all levels of our company is essential to our future. Creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds to thrive and enjoy rewarding careers with us is very important for our success. We want the construction industry to attract equal numbers of men and women, in what we believe is the best sector to work in!

Management Trainee Programme

Apprenticeships and Work Experience Programmes

Age 14 plus

Willmott Dixon offer work experience opportunities to students in year 10 and above, we welcome enquiries from young people as a personal request and schools to match individuals with suitable experiences across the business. We believe this is the opportunity for young people to gain their first glimpse of the construction industry and, the wealth of career opportunities open to them for their futures that they may not have considered before.

After A levels or University

Willmott Dixon’s Management Trainee scheme was first established in 1979 and continues to be the leading trainee scheme within the construction industry. Many of our current directors and senior managers started as management trainees and have progressed through the nurturing and investment we have made to develop their careers, including our CEO Rick Willmott.

Every September we take on between 30-40 trainees across our UK offices. We start advertising these opportunities in the previous September to December with assessment centres taking place between February and April. You will hear on the status of your application by the end of February.

All that we ask is that you have a passion for building a career in construction. The programme will give you a great foundation; you will get exposure to all areas of our business to develop your understanding of the construction industry as a whole and not just your chosen discipline. We provide a working environment that makes people want to stay and give of their best and help individuals achieve their full potential.

The length of your programme will depend on your entry route, generally between two and four years.


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