The aim of the challenge is to identify, plan and deliver a project which will leave a lasting legacy in the local community, in support of the aims of the Willmott Dixon Foundation. Fundraising is often part of the challenge, but the main aim is to elicit positive change through donations of time and skills.

The challenge is a fantastic way of embedding the principles of social value into our management trainees and allowing them to experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of managing a project that leaves a positive legacy in their local communities.

The first challenge took place in 2014 and previous winners have refurbished community gardens, provided hands on training to local people and supported charities with project work and enhancement of their facilities.

In 2021, the emphasis of the challenge was adjusted to incorporate the three main themes of Now or Never, our 2030 sustainability strategy, with challengers being asked to ensure that their project supports a theme or activity that contributes to this.

Watch some of our previous trainee challenge videos:

Other examples of our Trainee Challenges can be found in social value activity case studies, here.