Transition from the military to a rewarding career in construction

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Team GB


Over the years our Service Leavers and Veterans have pledged their support to BuildForce in many ways. In response, we have launched Team Give Back, to allow you to raise money for BuildForce on your next adventure or sporting challenge. We are raising money for our Mental Health and Suicide Prevention programme, and would be honoured if you would consider BuildForce as your military partner.

We have a few events of our own coming up:

  • 13th March 2022: Bath half marathon – BuildForce are raising funds for mental health and suicide prevention programme.
  • 25th June 2022: Armed Forces Day and back by popular demand, our trek round Dorset.

Please contact us at if you are interested in joining us.

Our next event:


Design and Quality Virtual Career Chat


We will be joined by Alliance Partners Taylor Woodrow and Lendlease, where we will hear from two of our veterans, sharing their transition into the roles of a Design Engineer and a Quality Manager.

We will also be joined by a resourcing lead and each session ends with a Q&A panel hosted by our CE, Angela Forbes.

When: Thursday 2nd December 2021, 10am

Where: Teams

Email: to reserve your place.

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