As part of a series of career focus assemblies, Wilmington Academy recently welcomed Tom Taylor, Principal Surveyor from Willmott Dixon to elaborate upon careers within the construction sector to students in year 12.

Tom began by explaining his own journey within the sector including how he had progressed in his career by further training and gaining additional qualifications.


He asked students what came to mind when thinking of a career in construction? Upon hearing their answers, he agreed that roles such as site management, architect,  surveyor and trades are very much part of his sector. However, he went on to elaborate upon many other roles that students might not have considered, These are:

  • HR
  • Design
  • Sales
  • Community Liaison
  • Finance
  • Coordination

In doing so, he was keen to explain that as a business, Willmott Dixon covers many disciplines other than “just bricks”

The average salary for an employee working for Willmott Dixon is £37.5K- considerably higher than the national average wage.

Tom was keen to talk about the history of the company he works for, explaining that as a family owned business, it has a strong company ethos and is considered to be one of the best employers in the U.K. He spoke about the variety of opportunities for training and positive experiences that he has had as an employee. 

The company offers a management trainee scheme for school leavers as well as work experience to give students the opportunity to see if this sector is for them. He stressed the importance of hard work and outlined the key skills and attributes that a company such as his would look for in an employee. There are:

  • Team player
  • Problem solving
  • Organisation
  • Pride
  • Ambition
  • Motivation


Students took the opportunity to talk one to one with Tom at the end of the assembly.  Thank you to Tom for taking the time to enlighten our students.