Social Value

Social Value is a key part of how we do business, it is our way of leaving a lasting impact on the people and communities we work in.

At WMB, apprentices are at the very foundation of the business. Managing Director Darren Smith and Directors Stephen Dearden & Craig Atkinson all served their apprenticeships with WMB and developed their knowledge and skills at the company.

Steve Dearden – “I’m proud to have started my own career as an apprentice, it really helped me to progress and grow with the company. I value the knowledge and support I gained from taking that journey. Our original directors, Gordon Wharmby and Steve Burns, first started the legacy with apprenticeships – without their help, support and faith in my abilities, I would not be in the position I am today.”

At the start of the project, we originally committed to 1 new electrical apprentice and 1 new mechanical apprentice from the Bolton area, but we decided to double our original commitment and recruit 2 new electrical and 2 new mechanical apprentices including our first female apprentice, Olivia Longworth.

In our 40 year history, we are very proud to say that every apprentice started at WMB has completed their full apprentice scheme and obtained fully qualified status.

Electrical Installation Apprentice – Bobbi Adamson

Why did you choose this apprenticeship?

I wanted to get into the trade and an electrician seemed like the best path to go down.

What do you enjoy about working for WMB?

I enjoy working with everyone within the company as they are all a good laugh to work with and there are lots of opportunities to learn.

How has studying for this apprenticeship helped you in your role so far?

My college work has helped me understand all the work I am doing on site, the college learning and practical skills learned on site go hand in hand.

Do you have any thoughts on the value of an apprenticeship towards a long-term career?

It helps you get your foot in the door an you can learn the trade while earning money, all while working your way up the ladder.

What have you enjoyed most about working on BCMS?

It has been a really good opportunity to see such a large job progress from start to finish.

What have you learnt from being involved in a project this large?

How a big site works and what processes need to be taken during different parts of the job.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I want to be running jobs in the future after working my way up the company and becoming a supervisor.

Electrical Installation Apprentice – Olivia Longworth

Why did you choose this apprenticeship?

I chose this apprenticeship because I wanted to have a skilled job that I can progress in and WMB offer many different paths.

What do you enjoy about working for WMB?

I enjoy going to work and learning different things each day. I also enjoy working with the other apprentices.

How has studying for this apprenticeship helped you in your role so far?

It has helped me a lot, especially with the theory behind the practical that I do at work.

Do you have any thoughts on the value of an apprenticeship towards a long-term career?

I think that learning the practical skills and doing the college work gives me a good head start in my career.

What have you enjoyed most about working on BCMS?

I have really enjoyed being involved in the progression of the building from start finish.

What have you learnt from being involved in a project this large?

I have learned how much goes into a project this big and seen it being built step by step.

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

I hope to work my way up the company and become a supervisor.

Plumbing Apprentice – Sam Lloyd

Why did you choose this apprenticeship?

Plumbing is a good trade to be in. There aren’t many plumbers anymore so its important more apprentices choose this trade.

What do you enjoy about working for WMB?

WMB Are a good, fair company to work for.

How has studying for this apprenticeship helped you in your role so far?

My college work has done a lot to help me with my on-site work such as knowing all the valves and their functions, fall rates and lots more.

Do you have any thoughts on the value of an apprenticeship towards a long-term career?

Apprenticeships are hard to come by and are a great way to set up a long-term career, so I value my apprenticeship.

What have you enjoyed most about working on BCMS?

I have learnt lots of new methods of doing thing because everyone has their own way of going about. It has also helped me understand drawings and diagrams.

What have you learnt from being involved in a project this large?

It has really helped me understand drawings and I have gotten involved in all aspects of plumbing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself still plumbing and trying to better myself everyday by still learning.

Plumbing Apprentice – Joe Foster

Why did you choose this apprenticeship?

I chose this apprenticeship because I wanted to get a trade behind me and construction is in demand.

What do you enjoy about working for WMB?

My colleagues are a good laugh to work with making the work environment a better place.

How has studying for this apprenticeship helped you in your role so far?

Studying for this apprenticeship has helped me grow my confidence with my work and improving my overall performance.

Do you have any thoughts on the value of an apprenticeship towards a long-term career?

I think it is really important to master a trade at a young age so you have always got it behind you.

What have you enjoyed most about working on BCMS?

Learning from my older peers and picking up useful skills and better ways of doing the job.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would love to have my own plumbing company.

Wilmott Dixon’s Social Value Team

Wilmott Dixon’s Social Team had this to say about the apprentices contribution to the project – ‘It’s truly inspiring to witness such dedication from our supply chain partners, who are actively investing in the future of our young people. With the creation of four new jobs, it’s especially uplifting to observe a female joining the trade. This reflects the shared priorities of Bolton and Willmott Dixon in fostering the next generation and promoting diversity.’

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