I am a part of a site construction management team to oversee health and safety, quality delivery, programme of works and budgeting and value engineering.

We also look at co-ordination of sub-contractors, interaction and liaison with clients and promoting community investment. I am currently working on Bicester Eco Town in Oxfordshire. It is the first eco town of its kind in the UK and I am part of the project achieving its one planet living status.

I started my construction career in manual labour and now have the opportunity to progress into a construction management role. I would never have thought of the position I find myself in today when I was a 16 year old.

Based Bedfordshire
Employer Willmott Dixon Housing (Hitchin)

Which company do you work for and what do they do?

Willmott Dixon Housing (Hitchin) – main contractor for housing developments

The construction industry is a vibrant, exciting industry and is currently increasing its demand for workers. They are reaping the rewards with competitive wages and flow of work.

Hayden Wills

Trainee build manager

What education route did you take from secondary school to where you are today?

As I was unsure of what career I wanted to venture into, I carried out a three-year sports therapy and personal training course. I soon realised the construction industry was for me after working on site with local builders and my uncle. I then carried out a bricklaying course along with accounts and bookkeeping to enable me to run small projects.

I then applied for the Willmott Dixon management trainee scheme which catapulted me into part-time study at Hertfordshire University on a two-year HNC construction management course. I am now about to carry out a further year for the foundation degree at Bedfordshire University. 


What is your favourite thing about your job?

Interaction and management of sub-contractors and operatives to ensure works are carried out safely, on time and to the highest of quality. Sites are always busy and I meet some good friends along the way.


What is the highlight of your day?

 

Late afternoon once the day's works have been carried out and work areas have been tidied. It is rewarding to walk the project once operatives have gone home to double check and tick off lists that should be complete.


Where do you want your career to take you?

In the next five years I would like to become a build manager and a project lead on a number of successful projects. Long term, I am interested in a director or board role. Personally, I would like to invest in property and if the opportunity arises, owning my own construction company would be appealing. 


What would you say to someone thinking about a career in construction?

The construction industry is a vibrant, exciting industry and is currently increasing its demand for workers. They are reaping the rewards with competitive wages and flow of work. Construction offers countless amounts of different opportunities and varied careers.


Is there anything else you would like to share which would inspire others to follow their chosen career path?

 

I started from manual labour and now have the opportunity to progress in a managerial role. I would never have thought of the position I find myself in today when I was a 16 year old. I am extremely excited about the future and would recommend construction to any young enthusiast.