Transition from the military to a rewarding career in construction

BuildForce Insight Day - hosted by Amey

The BuildForce Insight Day bring together our nationwide construction employers and our Service Leavers  and Veterans. This is a great opportunity for our employers and our military community  to engage and discuss transferable skills, training, current roles, and pipeline. Find out more about what the industry has to offer and better understand roles available such as: Project Management, Designer, Logistician, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Estimator, Health and Safety Manager, Quality Manager, Trade roles, Plant Operator, Civil Engineering and supporting roles. A job in construction offers a range of professional careers and is accessible to all ranks and skill sets and offers real potential for career progression.

As well as providing an insight into career pathways in the construction industry, you will have an opportunity to spend 1-2-1 time with our employers in an informal atmosphere to discuss your transition, CV, career advice and employment opportunities. Watch a video from our previous Insight Day here.

Date:    Weds 15th Sept 2021, 10am – 4pm

Venue: RAF Cosford, Albrington, Wolverhampton WV7 3EX (free parking)

Please register your interest at Click here for more info.

World Suicide Prevention Day

On 10th September each year we observe World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s a growing problem and the numbers tell a shocking story. Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide. Each year has a different theme and focus to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention with this years’ theme “Creating Hope Through Action”. The aim is to instil light in those who have been touched by the darkness of suicide and self-harm. To highlight that our actions no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. And that we can overcome feelings of hopelessness, and it is possible not only to survive but also to thrive in life.

We welcome Bernie Graham, our Psychologist at BuildForce and Roger Morton, Group Change Director at Vistry with a 25 year career in the Armed Forces including Commanding Officer at Sandhurst, to share their experiences.

Please click here to watch the video.

Transition from the military to a rewarding career in construction

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

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.

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What makes us different

We have been operating since 2011 and have a successful history in placing our Armed Forces in long term careers in construction
We are a construction initiative, created and run by industry. We know what construction employers are looking for in new recruits
Our size and reach, with our employers, supply chain and industry peers means we are more successful than others at placing the Armed Forces