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ALEX HEATH, A senior build manager at Willmott Dixon Construction, is looking at carpet samples. It’s attention to details such as this that makes up the richly varied job he does. “There’s a reason I’ve been here nine years,” he says. “This is genuinely a good company to work for.”
Heath is based in Sevenoaks, Kent, leading the construction of the first new grammar school in England for 50 years — an annexe of the Weald of Kent Grammar School in Tonbridge. He joined the firm’s three-year trainee scheme from university. “I always said I didn’t want to sit behind a desk for 40 hours a week,” he says.
Group chief executive Rick Willmott is the fifth generation of his family to run the firm, founded in 1852. It has a head office in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and a 1,179-strong workforce operating in 100 locations across the country. People are not bored (82% positive) working on projects that include the renovation of Alexandra Palace in London and housing the Met Office’s supercomputer at Exeter.
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At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss
At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative
Companies who provide support for non-work related training
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