Hayfield launches inaugural Graduate Development Programme

September 30, 2022

Hayfield is investing in new talent with the appointment of an Oxford Brookes graduate to its production department.

Matt Dandy has joined the Solihull-headquartered business as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager following the completion of his BSc Honours degree in Real Estate earlier this year.

Matt is the first graduate to join Hayfield’s Graduate Development Programme in its inaugural year. which followed the launch of the company’s Industrial Placement Programme in 2021. 

Originally from Cranleigh, 22-year-old Matt will have the opportunity to spend time with each team in order to fully understand what makes Hayfield tick and to deepen his understanding of the construction industry.

He said: “I’m excited to join Hayfield at such an innovative time for the construction industry, and to be a part of the pledge to be net zero by 2030 - high quality construction and energy efficient solutions are of real interest to me.

“I’m already learning a lot about the future of sustainable construction which is so important in today’s climate, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to further my career as part of such a committed company. Hayfield’s focus on the development and wellbeing of its people has been evident from the start of the recruitment process and has continued since I joined and were key factors in my decision to apply for a Graduate placement here.”

Hayfield’s Production Director Liam Gilbert said: “Recruiting young, new talent to the business is vital in order to tap into new ideas and innovations, as well as future-proofing what we do, and I am delighted to welcome Matt to the team.

“I know that his energy, enthusiasm and willingness to work hard will prove a real asset to Hayfield and I look forward to seeing him grow in confidence as he forges his career path.”

Sara Hope, Head of Human Resources, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Matt onto Hayfield’s Graduate Development programme.

"The development of our people is a key priority for us, and our Graduate Recruitment and Development Programmes are important elements of this. Matt will have the opportunity to enhance his knowledge of our business, the industry and the key challenges facing our sector such as sustainability, energy-efficiency and high-quality building. 

“Matt will have the support of a mentor and will have the opportunity to be involved in a range of initiatives tailored to his own personal development. As a Hayfield employee, he will also have access to our award-nominated Wellbeing programme.

“It is always an exciting time to see the next generation of talent join and I am looking forward to working with him as he embarks on his career with us.”