Scholarships and Apprenticeships
Every year, we offer a range of scholarships, some of which are organised and funded in conjunction with other organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the University College of Estate Management (UCEM).
Examples of scholarships that we support include –
Follow the links for brochures and application forms.
These scholarships support students, graduates, academics and practitioners, and promote the construction leaders of the future. Funding can be used for –
- travel, and
- course fees and projects in the construction industry, including apprenticeships.
The scholarships are valuable to companies who want to develop the potential of employees and demonstrate their commitment to advancing construction. Each award offers a research fund to enable the scholar to produce UK-based research that results in a tangible outcome. It should benefit the scholar, the company, and the industry as a whole.
From the viewpoint of the Scholar
“The Sir Ian Dixon scholarship has without doubt supported my career development. I originally trained as an opera singer and started working for Willmott Dixon as an administrator, before finding a passion for Social Value and progressing into a career as a Social Value manager.
The scholarship provided a quality training opportunity to upskill. I did not have a formal construction or social value related qualification. This scholarship provided a chance to gain an academic understanding of the construction industry and social value.”
Sir Ian Dixon Scholar
From the viewpoint of the Employer
“We were delighted with the outcomes for both Anna and the business with her involvement with the CIOB/WCC SIDS programme. It not only increased Anna’s personal profile but also raised the profile of Willmott Dixon and demonstrated our ongoing commitment to learning and development. The format and timescales of the scholarship have also enhanced Anna’s skills in public speaking, presentations and impactful communication.
Managing the challenging workload involved with the scholarship within Anna’s existing role has increased her resilience to cope with multiple tasks simultaneously as well as driving things to a successful conclusion. Over and above all these benefits we now have a team member that is a true Subject Matter Expert in NEETS and the issues they face with the Construction industry.”
From the viewpoint of the Apprentice
“It was fantastic to be awarded The Journeyman Certificate. That and the skills I learnt during my apprenticeship with Hudson Stonework Ltd at Hereford Cathedral gave me the confidence to apply to DBR Ltd, and now I work in a position of responsibility on The Palace of Westminster renovation project. Simon taught me and trusted me to carve important pieces for the Cathedral such as a complex finial and an ornamental pierced cross. I now have tools, books and the experience from other opportunities that came about from the grant together with Simon’s teaching of every aspect of the job, to be successful in my career as a stonemason.”
Alec Curtis, former Apprentice.”
“I am really proud of what I have achieved so far. A combination of having a brand new set of letter cutting chisels early on, together with Simon’s support and faith in me, allowed me to successfully carve a roundel for Highgrove. I am now a self-employed Journeyman travelling around different counties, getting involved in different projects and further developing my skills. Tools, books especially Modern Practical Masonry which I now refer to regularly bought from the grant from the Livery and the Apprentice Certificate together with Simon’s teaching have given me the confidence to seek work, talk to clients and successfully complete projects. I am grateful to all involved.”
From the viewpoint of the Employer
“Having my apprentices, Alec Curtis and Max Cotterill, awarded the Journeyman and Apprentice Certificates was a proud moment for me, for them and for Hereford Cathedral. It felt good that their hard work and commitment to the craft, and mine as their employer/teacher was recognised. I wanted to give them the very best start in their careers and the grants from the Livery were invaluable in achieving this. They helped to buy books, tools and most importantly allowed me some flexibility in their one-to-one in-house training and opportunities to undertake more complex and skilled projects.”
Alec and Max’s employer