Name: Richard Kershaw
Organisation and position: Framework Manager – Morgan Sindall
Are you ex-military? No
When did you sign-up to BuildForce as a Mentor and how much time have you given to the programme?
11/12/18 After attending BuildForce Event. Usually devote 2/4 days per month.
What was your motivation for signing up as a Mentor?
To assist ex-Military personnel with their transition to civilian life. I also enjoy meeting and helping the wide range of people wanting to learn about the Construction Industry
What have your activities involved as being a Mentor?
Arranging one to one mentoring meetings to get to know each other and where I can be of assistance. Putting together mentoring plans and activities that assist in connecting with the Construction Industry. Assistance in aligning military C.V’s to target a Construction audience.
What would you say to anyone getting involved?
It is a good way to meet people of all different ranks and abilities and is rewarding when a mentee progresses into civilian working life. In helping others it also provides time to reflect on my own career path and experiences.
From your experience, what is the main advice you would give to our ex-military personnel?
My advice would be to persevere and remain patient. Project programmes and start on site dates, often dictate when opportunities for employment are available, so keep in regular contact with all potential employment leads. The Construction Industry has many opportunities on offer that are not site based and not obvious to people looking at a Construction career.