From Electronics Technician to Site Engineer
Abel Makore spent six years serving in the Army in Germany, Northern Ireland and Iraq, before leaving service in 2008. After a year of doing casual jobs, he accepted a place to study Civil Engineering at Stafford University, and spent 4 years studying. However, after graduating, he was disappointed to find a lack of work opportunities, and had almost given up hope of finding a new career when, early in 2017, he saw information about the BuildForce project on the CTP RightJob website.
After registering, he was invited to attend a BuildForce NW Alliance Armed Forces Insight Day in Chester, where he got to meet a range of major employees, find out about opportunities in the construction industry and get feedback on how to present himself in his CV.
Following the event, Abel was offered several work placements, but did not need to take them up because soon after he was offered a permanent role as Site Engineer at at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, the first of our registrants to be placed there. He starts his job in January 2018 and will be relocating.
“I wish BuildForce had been there when I first left the Army”, he says of his difficult transition to a new career. “My new boss said I got the job mainly because of my experience in the forces – being part of a team and having a good work ethic – the engineering experience will come with time”.