Budding Brunels graduate Ellie wins contract with Willmott Dixon Interiors

06/08/2018 News

This summer the Trust was delighted to hear that Ellie, a student we’ve worked with since 2015, has accepted an offer from Willmott Dixon Interiors to work as a Management Trainee. The offer follows a successful summer placement she had with the company – WDI were so impressed with Ellie’s work that her application for the Management Trainee role was advanced directly to the interview stage.

We first met Ellie in 2015 when she attended a Budding Brunels course, which she attended due to her interest in embarking on a career in the Built Environment. As one of the most engaged students, we were happy to arrange a week-long work placement for her at Laing O’Rourke. The week gave her the opportunity to develop good relationships with people in the industry and start developing her own network. The placement helped Ellie decide to pursue a career in Construction Management, which she is now studying at university.

This is what Ellie had to say about why she chose to pursue this career:

“I chose Construction Management because naturally I manage my day to day life very well. I plan very well for anything and everything so I thought to myself I can develop this skill and focus it onto something bigger rather than myself and alongside a team, there is no better feeling then feeling like you’re making a difference.

I enjoy the fact that I am making a difference. I am contributing towards something positive into the world. However, being on site is challenging because you never know what is going to happen which sometimes is not always best but it keeps it exciting and interesting. Literally every day on site is a new day.”

This July we heard from Ellie once again. She wanted to use her summer to find out more closely what the industry is like, so she was eager to find some work experience.

With the Trust’s support, it was not too long before she was accepted onto a 12-week placement with Willmott Dixon Interiors. It was from here that she found herself interviewing for a position as one of Willmott Dixon Interiors Management Trainees. She will undertake this role for 12 months as a year out in industry from her degree.

We are delighted to have been involved with Ellie’s burgeoning career, and have every confidence that her year with Willmott Dixon Interiors will be a resounding success. We’re also sure that she’ll make a fantastic Construction Manager on a full-time basis after she finishes university.

We are also grateful to Ellie for sharing the following advice:

“My advice to women/girls considering a career in construction would be to forget everything you have heard about the construction industry and do a little bit of research. There are so many careers and opportunities within the construction industry and so many companies willing to support and take women/young girls on who show lots of determination and hard work.

Lastly, just get out there, explore for yourself. Go to events. Anything you see and you like the look of, take a chance and take the opportunity to find out more because you might find that you end up really loving it and I say that for when it comes to anything in life.”