On Saturday 26 June BuildForce are celebrating Armed Forces Day by hosting: “The Salisbury trek” (aka recherche de vin!). This is a 15-mile walk that is suitable for all fitness levels and ages, so is a great event for the whole family. We will be starting at the iconic Salisbury Cathedral (meeting point the Walking Madonna statue), we will then walk cross country from Wiltshire to Dorset, finishing in the beautiful village of Cranborne. There you’ll be greeted at The Fleur de Lys Inn, for a much-deserved cold drink and buffet. The Inn has rooms available for anyone wishing to stay over. Programme Director Caroline Logan will provide motivation and support to our walkers, as she leads the trek.
Alternatively, please feel free to host your own event locally. It can be a site walk round, an early morning stroll or a family walk, like our CE who will be doing a beach-crawl round St. Andrews, ice-cream in hand and toddler in tow! Selfies are a must, and all support is appreciated. During the event be sure to show your support by getting involved in the online #armedforcesday2021 campaign using the hashtag #SaluteOurForces.
The growth of BuildForce has been incredible, with more service leavers and veterans looking for roles in industry, than ever before. We are a construction industry initiative, looking to attract the best of our military talent from the Royal Airforce, British Army and Royal Navy.
We have found our place over the years connecting and interpreting the needs of both the construction and military sectors. We ensure our service leavers and veterans have access to the best possible roles, with progression and career satisfaction.
BuildForce is nationwide and offers a compliment of services focused on employment, education and mental health. Our employment programme centres around a unique career programme led by industry via mentoring, work placements, site visits and job opportunities. Our education programme is a partnership with The University College of Estate Management offering bespoke industry modules, which also offer certification and a place on a degree course for onward learning. Whilst our mental health programme provides a suite of wellbeing and stress management training and support.
Our employers cover: construction, homebuilding, infrastructure, logistics, utilities, security, engineering and facilities management.
According to government figures 20,000 people leave the Armed Forces each year, with the Royal British Legion estimating the size of the current British veteran population to be around 2.8 million.
This equates to a huge amount of readily available skills and knowledge, many of which are perfectly suited for a career in the construction industry.
Moreover, the construction industry has never been more hungry for new recruits, with an estimated 160,000 required by the year 2023.
A job in construction is accessible to all ranks and skillsets and offers real potential for career progression.