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Taylor Wimpey Overview

High Wycombe, England
5001 to 10000 employees
2007
Company - Public (TW.L)
Building & Construction
£500 million to £1 billion (GBP) per year
Taylor Wimpey is a FTSE 100 business and one of the largest residential developers in the UK, building new homes and communities across England, Scotland and Wales.<br/><br/>Our people are passionate about the house building industry and about our customers ... Read more

Mission: Taylor Wimpey is a FTSE 100 business and one of the largest residential developers in the UK, building new homes and communities across England, Scotland and Wales.<br/><br/>Our people are passionate about the house building industry and about our customers


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2020 (#39), 2019 (#9), 2018 (#15)

Top CEOs: 2019 (#16), 2018 (#10)

Company Updates

  • We are now recruiting for our management trainee scheme. Please visit our Glassdoor profile page or careers site for the latest vacancies and to find out more. You could be one of future technical experts!

  • Yesterday we ran our annual Diversity and Inclusion conference. Over 100 employees attended our first virtual event. We heard key updates from the business, external guest speakers and an inspiring introduction from our CEO, Pete Redfern. Thank you to all those involved - a fantastic day that will really drive change in our business and across the sector. #diversity #inclusion #doingtherightthing

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Taylor Wimpey – Why Work With Us?


Taylor Wimpey are one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, operating from 24 regional offices across England, Scotland and Wales. We also have an office in Spain.

Already recognised consecutively for being the top 50 places to work for and having one of the highest rated CEOs by Glassdoor.  We are committed to growing the skills and talent of our people who play an essential role in driving our business forward. 

Our established Graduate and Apprentice programmes have been recognised for “top companies to work” for by The Job Crowd.  And our Site Management Teams have won multiple Pride in the Job Awards. 

Our recent internal employee survey highlighted that 97% of our employees felt proud working for Taylor Wimpey. 

We are continuously looking for exceptional individuals to join the team and offer a variety of careers both on and off site, from Quantity Surveying and Site Management to Sales, Finance and Customer Services. We look to support a diverse range of careers offering first class training and development across all disciplines.

At Taylor Wimpey, we work hard on putting our people first and we achieve this by building sustainable teams, embracing diversity, contributing to meaningful projects and celebrating our successes together. We have a make-it happen attitude and continue to seek the resources and skills to build a better tomorrow.

 

Our goal is to become the employer of choice in the industry, attracting and retaining people from within and outside of the sector through the opportunities that we offer. 

Having the right people in place is key to our corporate strategy and commercial success. We also realise the benefits of having an inclusive and diverse workforce.

We offer industry leading development and opportunities, which support our employees to excel and fulfil their career goals whilst creating a strong succession of high performing customer-centric leaders. We have invested in our new online facility for Learning and Development which provides learning on a wealth of interesting and mandatory topics accessible with the right technology.  We have also invested in our Customer Service and Production Academies.

Regardless of what level role you are applying for, or what business function you are interested in, there are certain behaviours that we look for in all our people. Below are a few examples of the competencies that are vital to success at Taylor Wimpey irrespective of your level in the business or functional area:

  • A Collaborative approach to work. In a business with 24 different regional offices with separate priorities specific to the communities in which they build, it is vital that we share ideas, learn from our colleagues and communicate regularly and effectively.
  • Be Open to Change in a sector that is always adapting to legislation, innovation and customer feedback.
  • A Passion for People Development. Whether you are an employee showing interest in your own development or a line manager looking at progression and opportunities for your team members.  We provide you access to great content, people and programmes.
  • A Solution Focused approach in a complex industry that presents plenty of challenges on a day to day basis.

We provide competitive salaries benchmarked against current market data from a variety of companies both within and outside our sector. On top of our excellent salaries we reward our people with various benefits.

House Building is an exciting and rewarding sector in which to build your career.  So why wait? Search our vacancies page for your next role.

Taylor Wimpey Careers

 

There is a shortage of housing across the UK and Taylor Wimpey are committed to supporting the Government Plans to build more homes.  To ensure that we stay ahead of demand, we have started to address the skills shortage in our sector and build our future pipeline of talent.

 

All our Apprentice, Management Trainee and Graduate schemes offer a structured career pathway into our business.  

In addition to formal learning conducted either at college or in one of our site-based, purpose-built learning rooms, you will develop trade skills by working closely with one of our master craftsmen. This will give you the ability to “earn whilst you learn”.

 

Direct Trade and Apprentice Scheme 

 

  • Trade apprenticeships last between 2 to 3 years in England and 4 years in Scotland

  • Majority of time is spent working with the production teams on site

  • You will be supported by a mentor while working with experienced trades people

  • You will gain formal qualifications through either a day or block release programme

  

Management Trainee Scheme 

Our Management Trainee Programme offers a structured development path into one of 5 core roles (Civil Engineer Trainee, Quantity Surveyor Trainee, Site Manager, Design and Planning and Buyer Trainee). Our Management Trainees are mainly office based and sit across the more technical business unit disciplines such as Commercial, Technical and Planning.This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of our 24 business units across the UK and learn directly from our teams of specialists and business leaders.

 

Graduate Schemes

Designed to create the future leaders within our business we run several different Graduate Programmes depending on skill set and where your area of study fits within our business. Our general programme is a 2-year rotational scheme divided into 4 separate 6 month placements, where you will spend time in all areas of the Taylor Wimpey business including; production, commercial, technical, sales and marketing, customer service, land and finance. However, we also focus on specific disciplines such as Finance and Planning.

As well as functional breadth we also recognise the importance of diverse geographical exposure as our business units have some subtle but important differences in the way they operate. This will depend on things like the local community, economy and customer base. As part of the rotations our graduates gain experience working in different markets, regions and even different house types.

Diversity

We want to be a business that reflects the demographics of our nation and the communities we’re building. To demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusivity we have broadened our recruitment and selection with the aim of attracting, retaining and promoting employees from every kind of background or lifestyle, regardless of race, gender, disability, age, faith or sexual orientation.

 

Leonard Cheshire Disability’s ‘Change 100’ programme

We’ve supported Leonard Cheshire Disability’s ‘Change 100’ programme since 2015 by offering summer work placements, across a variety of roles, to undergraduates with a disability. Several students who have completed a placement with us have gone on to secure permanent roles in our business. The programme also serves as a great opportunity for the leaders in our business to understand more about how to accommodate a range of abilities in the workplace.

 

RIBA #SeeMeJoinMe campaign

We are proud to support the Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) #SeeMeJoinMe campaign which celebrates and supports a more diverse and inclusive construction industry. We’re keen to show girls, parents and teachers that working in the construction industry is not off-limits to women. We’ve also participated in Women in Sustainable Construction groups.

We have some fantastic female leadership role models, including Ingrid Osborne. Ingrid started her career as a graduate at Taylor Wimpey and progressed to Divisional Chairman for our London and South East business. Ingrid was recently also named in the Cranfield School of Management’s 100 Women to watch.

 

WELLBEING

We want all our colleagues to enjoy a healthy work-life balance. We’re open to flexible working patterns, in relevant jobs, and fully support part time roles and job shares. 91% of our employees say “there is support available to help me manage my health and wellbeing at work". 97% say they believe Taylor Wimpey “is committed to being an ethical and responsible company" and 86% agree their line manager “promotes an appropriate work-life balance".

Trade and Site Based Careers

Taylor Wimpey is committed to attracting talent and developing skilled tradespeople. In 2018 we launched an internal initiative to hire more trade roles so we have a blend of sub-contractor and direct employees working on site. This enables us to not only maintain a more balanced workforce on site but also helps to identify, develop and retain our site based talent. We see our Direct Trade talent pool as future potential for site managers and other senior trade roles. If you are looking to begin A career in any of our key  on-site trades, then Taylor Wimpey could be exactly what you’re looking for in an employer. Here are some of the site based trade and management roles we recruit.

-                      Site manager and assistant site managers

-                      Bricklayers

-                      Carpenters

-                      Dry liners and roofers

-                      Painters/Decorators

-                      Groundworkers

If you are interested to find out more about each of our trades and what type of training is available for each then please click here to download our guide.

We also offer paid apprenticeships across carpentry, bricklaying, painting and decorating, roofing and scaffolding. Our apprenticeships are designed to give you the right balance between classroom learning and hands on experience ensuring you are best placed to be offered a permanent opportunity following your studies. Depending on the trade you opt for and your level of experience, an apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey should be completed in 3-5 years and you would formally qualify with a level 2 or level 3 diploma in a construction related discipline. 

Talented apprentices are the future of our production business and we are investing in relationships across the country with schools and colleges. We are the key sponsor for Buckinghamshire University Technical College Aylesbury and are committed to taking an apprenticeship intake from the college each year into our local sites and business units. 

What do we look for?

Regardless of which regional business unit or apprenticeship scheme you join – we look for the same behaviors:

·       Commitment 

·       Enthusiasm and a natural willingness to get involved

      An appreciation for hard work

·       Someone that takes pride in their work

·       Determination to succeed

Taylor Wimpey Reviews

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    "An outstanding company - that cares!"

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    Current Employee - Design & Planning Manager in Paisley, Scotland
    Current Employee - Design &amp; Planning Manager in Paisley, Scotland
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Taylor Wimpey full-time

    Pros

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, the way Taylor Wimpey led the industry on closing sites, to opening sites and the fantastic communication in between (ie. commitment to employees, customers and sub-contractors) has all been outstanding. Whilst the company has always cared very much about Health & Safety, the work that it does, and how it treats it's employees and sub-contractors, the global pandemic required very strong leadership and Taylor Wimpey has an abundance of this! The company is not short on mottos too, but one which resonates with me is 'better tomorrow' as it shows the company's willingness to listen, learn and be better and also instils great energy and strong work ethic within it's employees. The company always seeks out the opinions of it's employees and shows that it cares very much about people generally, and the communities in which it operates. It is fair to say (and I'm not alone) that I feel very proud, and lucky, to be part of Taylor Wimpey.

    Cons

    Decisions sometimes take a while to materialise in Taylor Wimpey, however this is mainly due to the large size of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

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Taylor Wimpey Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Taylor Wimpey.

    Interview

    Online application - general form to fill out and send to the company
    Video interview - Do your research, they give you time to answer the questions and be yourself, make sure you know why you want to work for Taylor Wimpey and why you would suit the role.
    Assessment centre - you receive a phone call rather quickly if you have been successful, the assessment centre gives you a chance to meet Taylor Wimpey graduates and employees from head office etc. You get to ask questions and find out more, they reimburse you for any travel. Really friendly and welcoming, everyone gives you the opportunity to make yourself known and welcome. You will carry out group tasks, an individual presentation and short interview with a more senior members of the company. You also meet your recruiter who supports you during the process. After the assessment centre they provide you with feedback rather quickly and let you know if you have been successful.
    One to one interview with senior members - this process was carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic. Credit to the company who still gave graduates a chance to become a part of the company, I was really pleased that they carried out teams interviews giving you the chance to discuss and meet Taylor Wimpey senior members. This process requires you to prepare a presentation in which you are provided a set of topics prior to the interview. You will then be asked a range of interview questions and questions about the presentation given. The interviewers make you feel comfortable and not pressured during the process, very friendly and welcoming.
    Offer - if you have been successful or not, you still get provided with feedback. If you have been successful you are told quickly, the recruiters are great at being communicative, in this case mine was Gemma, who is extremely friendly and supportive.
    Overall, the recruitment process is extremely welcoming and the culture of the company is what has made me accept the offer to join Taylor Wimpey!

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Taylor Wimpey Awards & Accolades

  • Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations List, Corporate Knights, 2010

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