Walter Lilly is a company that takes the long view. We encourage and support professional and personal development, and invest heavily in training and education, nurturing the next generation of talent to ensure the long-term growth of the company.
Our trainee and graduate programmes are intended to give your career the best possible start. When we take you on, we make a commitment to you – this means looking after your career development and providing structured training.
Why Walter Lilly? Just ask our people. You’ll find that there’s no one thing that makes Walter Lilly a great place to work – it’s a lot of things. They’ll mention our reputation, the high standards we expect, the team of leaders, or the opportunities we offer. For all these reasons and more, most of our people have been with us for nearly a decade – many for much longer.
That’s why we invest in training and education to nurture the next generation of talent.
We’ve been sponsoring construction courses at Loughborough University since 1998 and have built a close relationship with the Civil and Building Department of the University. This allows us to work with the University and other sponsoring companies to tailor the course to the ever-changing construction environment.
Walter Lilly takes great pride in visiting the University and Department Open Days, as well as social events organised by the Department. Being present at these events not only gives us a chance to meet new students, it also allows us to get all of the existing sponsored students together for social events. As the smallest company in the consortium, we have the flexibility to tailor our support and opportunities for individuals.
Walter Lilly has also supported a number of trainees through their NVQs and degrees on a part-time basis in London. This provides the trainees with the chance to learn through their experiences as well as academically.
Walter Lilly promotes trainee presentations and group activities, offering the trainees the opportunity to get together regularly to discuss their progress and for social events. In the last two years, our graduates and trainees were given the chance to go to Swaziland to help construct a Neighbourhood Care Point for All Out Africa, a charity which supports Swaziland’s vulnerable orphans.
To apply for sponsorship on one of the construction courses at Loughborough University, or for a day release degree at a London university, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Surveyor, graduated 2013
I graduated from Loughborough University after completing the Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying course in 2013. I was sponsored by Walter Lilly for the duration of my time at Loughborough and thoroughly enjoyed my university experience. Walter Lilly provided me with the opportunity to work every university holiday which helped me gain as much experience as possible in order to apply the theoretical knowledge I had learnt whilst at University.
I completed a year-long work placement in my third year. The responsibility I was given and subsequent skills I picked up during these placements were invaluable and have allowed me to start my working career with the confidence and ability required to not only achieve but also enjoy the work that I do.
Since graduating, I have been involved in a £29m residential refurbishment project in Mayfair, have been given the chance to finish the accounts on a £6m job and am now part of a large £30m residential job in Chelsea. The projects have allowed me to broaden my surveying knowledge and given me a level of responsibility to expand on the skills I learnt at university and on my placement.
Graduate Design Manager, graduated 2015
At Loughborough University I studied Architectural Engineering and Design Management and I was recommended to apply for a graduate position at Walter Lilly. After my interview, I secured the role of Graduate Design Manager, the first in the company.
At social events that were organised for placement students and graduates before I started work, I met a number of Walter Lilly managers. They made me feel welcomed and I was very reassured by how approachable they were.
Once I started, I was assigned to a project and went straight onto site to work with the Design Managers. From my first day I was kept busy and assigned my own work packages – there was help and guidance from everyone in the office. It’s great to have the chance to learn how projects of this type are managed and Walter Lilly makes sure that you are challenged from your first day allowing you to develop and apply your own knowledge.
I was also given the opportunity to go to Swaziland in 2015, something I really enjoyed as it gave me a chance to get to know other young people in the company as well as help out through charity work.
After securing a place at Loughborough University studying Commercial Management & Quantity Surveying, Walter Lilly took me on as a sponsored student. The ongoing support throughout my studies was reassuring, offering an approachable source of knowledge, as well as providing a helpful financial aid.
The multiple holiday placements I undertook, allowed me to attain vital work experience whilst offering flexibility around my degree. The various placements broadened my understanding and allowed me to familiarise myself with the company and their procedures. Entering my Industrial Placement year, I had the confidence and enthusiasm to get fully involved with one of Walter Lilly’s prestigious projects.
After graduating and working for 1 year, I have been given the exposure to progress my career in Surveying and have worked on some incredible projects. Walter Lilly encouraged me to pursue my RICS membership and have supported my professional development throughout the year. My next endeavor with Walter Lilly is a Charity volunteering expedition to Swaziland as part of their corporate responsibility. Walter Lilly have always been considerate of my aspirations and have offered me the opportunities to achieve them.
Surveyor, graduated 2017
Having a father who worked in construction, I’ve always been encouraged to look into the industry. When I was 16, I approached the Careers Department of my school to look for experience and Walter Lilly was highly recommended. My first assignment was a project at Cornwall Terrace, and having enjoyed the experience, I asked to return. Walter Lilly offered me the opportunity to work as a day release trainee on completion of my A levels.
I am now in the 4th year of 5 at the University of Westminster, studying Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. Recently, I was asked to be the Lead Surveyor on a project involving strip out works in the London prime residential market. This involved carrying out and managing CVRs, monthly valuations and subcontract accounts. I find the work experience particularly helpful for my University studies as I gain a good core understanding of most topics taught just from carrying out my daily tasks at work.
Senior Surveyor, graduated 2008
I joined Walter Lilly straight after my A-levels. As part of my training, Walter Lilly sponsored my University degree: a 5-year part-time Quantity Surveying course at Greenwich University. Undertaking my degree part-time allowed me to gain on-site job experience, alongside learning various construction elements at University.
Throughout my years at Walter Lilly, I gained experience in a range of projects including the conversion of church to a concert hall, a university centre, an art gallery and several high-end residential properties. The diversity and end quality of these projects are amongst the reasons why Walter Lilly is such an interesting company to work for. Currently I’m working on a premium residential project in London as a Senior Surveyor. My role revolves around the day-to-day surveying activities of the project which includes monthly valuations, monthly cost reporting, subcontract payments and cash reporting. I am also required to mentor and manage a Trainee Surveyor – giving him a varied work experience in surveying whilst supporting his university studies.
I would recommend Walter Lilly to anyone who is thinking of applying for a trainee position. Their projects are extremely interesting and you are always given opportunities to take on greater responsibility and gain promotion.
Management Trainee, Undergraduate
I am currently pursuing a HND in Construction Management and hopefully be extending this to a degree in Construction. I was attracted to Walter Lilly because of their reputation and their place as a market leader in the high-end construction sector.
As Management Trainee, I assist the project manager and site managers to complete work on site. I work with subcontractors to ensure work is planned and executed properly and to the highest of standards – this requires time and health and safety management.
I’ve just completed a project which involved the refurbishment of an old industrial unit with two new built properties on both ends, a full length basement and fit out throughout. It’s been rewarding to work on a project that has received a lot of press and will be a landmark in London for many years.
Walter Lilly continues to provide a helpful role in my long term career plan by supporting me with education and training courses. I will be able to bring the skills I’ve developed here into the future with me wherever I go.
It is clear that Walter Lilly see uprising talent, and are keen to train and mould their young staff into long-term employees.
Planner, graduated 2012
I graduated from Loughborough University in 2012, where I studied Construction Management Engineering. I was fortunate enough to have been sponsored by Walter Lilly before my course had commenced. Therefore, during my time at Loughborough I was able to carry out two work placements on a large residential development in the heart of London. On these placements I had the role of Trainee Site Manager and got involved in the day to day running of a building site. As I had never stepped foot on a building project before, I found this an extremely useful, enjoyable and knowledgeable experience.
Once I had graduated, I was fortunate enough to be offered full time employment with Walter Lilly. It was from here that my career slightly diversified. I had the chance to spend some time within the planning department in head office and I began to get involved in tenders and monitoring the programme and progression of live projects. I found that I really enjoyed this role and have remained in the planning department ever since. I am now the planner for several projects at a time and have the chance to see the progression of a large number of our projects.
Trainee Surveyor, Undergraduate
I am a sponsored student from The City of Westminster University where I am undertaking a degree in Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management.
During my research, I found Walter Lilly to be a company who clearly takes great pride in their work. I currently work on a project in Westminster Borough where works consist of the demolition of the rear mews house whilst retaining the rear façade, a large basement excavation followed by a high end refurbishment throughout. My day-to-day duties involve forming and placing orders for subcontractors, undertaking monthly valuations of subcontract works on site as well as undertaking our main valuation to be submitted to the Professional Quantity Surveyor and contributing to our internal cash flow forecast.
Walter Lilly provides a fantastic training scheme for their undergraduates. This is achieved by setting aside a budget each financial year and doing their best to put their undergraduates on as many courses as possible, Walter Lilly have experienced and loyal employees who are willing to teach you everything to the best of their knowledge and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside them.
Surveyor, graduated 2015
I was sponsored by Walter Lilly before I started the Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying course at Loughborough University.
All staff at Walter Lilly are willing to help and share their knowledge, whether it was for coursework, exams, the dreaded dissertation or simply just someone to talk to. Sponsored students are made to feel really involved in the company and even when away at university, you will be invited to company events.
Whilst at Loughborough, I had the opportunity to undertake a number of summer placements on a range of jobs. This helped a lot as I was able to see how theory learnt at university can be put into practice.
During my placement year, I worked on a high quality residential project in St Johns Wood. I learnt so much through the helpful guidance of the site team. I was pushed to my boundaries with the responsibility I was given and was made to feel a very useful part of the project team.
I have recently started work as a graduate surveyor on a Grade II listed building in Belgravia. Each day is different and interesting and I’m constantly learning new things and building on the theory I learnt at Loughborough.
I am a recent Loughborough University graduate of the Construction Engineering Management course, sponsored by Walter Lilly. As well as providing help and support throughout my three years of study at Loughborough, Walter Lilly has given me a work placement on a prestigious site in Mayfair where I was responsible for the roof and external works.
During my 14-month placement, I gained a lot of experience through the amount of responsibility I was given and by working as part of a large team. I felt like a valued member of the team and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Following my graduation earlier this year, I am based on a site in the centre of London which involves demolition, refurbishment and new build elements including a swimming pool and basement excavation under a listed property. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and to using the knowledge I gained on my placement and at university.
Trainee Surveyor, Undergraduate
I am currently studying part-time for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and hope to complete a degree in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management next year.
I’ve been a Trainee Surveyor at Walter Lilly since September 2014. I chose Walter Lilly because I liked their focus on high-end residential projects. I’m now working on a project in Notting Hill; it’s a challenging project and an excellent starting point for my career. My responsibilities include placing subcontract orders, cash forecasting and managing subcontractor accounts. I help with valuation and monitor progress, and also assist with site instructions.
Walter Lilly supports my training and development and allows sufficient time to undertake my studies. They provide a wide range of courses – from visits to subcontractors to development courses and team building events. I continually undergo reviews to monitor my performance. I can say that Walter Lilly has played a major role in driving me towards my long-term career goals.
Walter Lilly is a fantastic company to work for, I felt welcome as soon as I started. As the next year of my training and education commences, I look forward to taking on more responsibilities and seeing the project to completion.
Site Agent, graduated 2013
Since graduating from the Construction Engineering Management course at Loughborough University, I’ve worked on three separate projects with varying team sizes. The first, and the smallest, was a triplex apartment with a swimming pool. The second was a large private residence in Mayfair. This project gave me an insight into the highest possible quality finishes and honed my time management skills as the programme was very tight.
I now manage a large section of a private residence in Chelsea which includes a swimming pool, cinema and wine tasting room. The project has tested my knowledge of new build projects and also given me a chance to work with trades I have not yet experienced.
I have been given a huge amount of responsibility as I have moved through these projects but have also been given as much support as I have needed.
Whilst at Loughborough, members of Walter Lilly visited me and the other sponsored students frequently and took us on social events. This gave us a great opportunity to get to know each other. I was also invited to attend all of the Walter Lilly social events such as the Christmas party whilst I was away at University.
Graduate Design Manager, graduated 2016
I am an undergraduate studying Architectural Engineering and Design Management at Loughborough University and was lucky enough to complete a 46-week placement with Walter Lilly. This resulted in the offer of a graduate position with subsequent sponsorship in my final year.
My role involved working on two prestigious residential projects. By working on two projects, I was able to encounter the finishing stages of one and the early structural works of the other. This was a massive learning curve as I’ve never had on-site experience before.
The experience gained over the placement was invaluable. I learned so much by working on high quality projects and with such skilled professionals. Walter Lilly is not shy of assigning responsibilities to their trainees. I ran my own contractor design portions, holding meetings with the design team and subcontractors as well as other responsibilities.
One of the most positive experiences was feeling a valuable member of the project team. The placement allowed me to gain real construction experience, getting an understanding of different elements of the industry – this has benefitted my professional development tremendously. To work on projects that personally interest me was an amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to returning next year.
Senior Surveyor, graduated 2008
I joined Walter Lilly in 2003 as a Trainee Surveyor, attending University one day a week and studying for a BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying (Commercial Management) degree at LSBU.
The day-release trainee route allowed me to study for my degree whilst learning the role during my days at work. I found the experience gained from site very useful and was able to apply this knowledge to my studies.
Throughout my career, I have been involved with residential and science projects, and a mixture of refurbishment and new build projects. I’m currently based on a project involving the refurbishment of a listed property, and the addition of a new large basement and annexe structure. My role involves carrying out the commercial management of the project, procuring works packages, carrying out monthly valuations and cost reports, pricing variations, cash forecasting, and agreeing final accounts.
For those considering a trainee position, I would strongly recommend a career with Walter Lilly. The development, training and support that the company offers as well as the range of interesting projects make the whole trainee experience very enriching, and will set you up well for your future career.
Senior Surveyor, graduated 2012
I undertook a 5-year day release degree in Quantity Surveying at Greenwich University.
As an 18-year old, I was looking for an opportunity to better myself and start a career. I was fortunate enough for Walter Lilly to offer me a fantastic opportunity to go to university – something I would otherwise never have done – and begin an apprenticeship in a diverse and ever changing industry.
I’ve not looked back since, and today I am a Senior Surveyor responsible for the day-to-day commercial management of a two-stage refurbishment project in Eaton Square. This role covers a range of aspects including procurement, tender analysis, order placement, variation evaluation, interim valuation assessments and applications and final account negotiations and agreements.
My advice to trainees is to recognise the opportunities that a day release scheme with Walter Lilly offers and to embrace it fully, as you will be given the support and encouragement your enthusiasm warrants. Simply put, Walter Lilly has given me the chance to have long term career goals.