Investing in the Next Generation: Our Trainee of the Year
Our trainees are the future of our business. Our Management Trainee scheme provides those that are new to the industry with valuable skills and experience that enables them to go far in their career. Many of our Board members and Senior Leaders were once a Management Trainee.
This year, our Trainee of the Year is Chanell Fraser-Kellman. Upon her completion of her traineeship last year, she was promoted to Assistant Build Manager.
A Success in Operations
Chanell’s infectious enthusiasm and positive attitude bring energy to each project she undertakes. She engages confidently with colleagues, customers, and supply chain partners, creating collaborative working relationships that lead to successful outcomes. She is not afraid to push herself outside her comfort zone and consistently seeks opportunities to learn and grow.
Leading a Transformation
Chanell’s inspirational work ethic doesn’t stop at her day-to-day. With Chanell as Operational Lead, our trainees transformed a large field that was unused at SEN school Lime Academy in Walthamstow. The team created a school farm to house chickens and ducks, adding planters throughout for agriculture lessons and creating a large sensory garden for students. This addition feeds into the school’s curriculum, as well as supporting students’ mental health and wellbeing by encouraging them outside and supporting time with animals.
Championing Diversity & Inclusion
Outside of her day-to-day, Chanell is an advocate for diversity. This has been demonstrated through her active involvement with the EDI team at Willmott Dixon Interiors. She has actively participated in conversations and initiatives with great passion.
Mentoring is important to an individual’s growth, and Chanell sees the value in this. She has been mentoring young people from Project Zero – an anti-knife crime charity based in Walthamstow – to raise awareness of the benefits of the construction industry, and encourage them to consider it as a career option.
Through mentoring, Chanell has been able to introduce numerous people to the construction industry. She has improved their knowledge around the roles available in the sector, provided career insights, and offered advice on how to have a successful career. The attendees have also had the opportunity to undertake mock interviews and CV writing, with Chanell’s lead.
Empowering the Future
We are proud of our Management Trainees’ achievements, their commitment to progressing in their careers whilst also investing into the community themselves is inspiring. We celebrate Chanell as our Trainee of the Year this year, and our impact of the trainee scheme.