From Marine to Trainee Assistant Site Manager

Cpl George Creese served for 12 years in the Royal Marines. During his service he worked in nuclear protection, counter piracy, combat and intelligence as well as deploying on several operational tours. His last job was in training which involved preparing, instructing and evaluating students.

During his time in the Forces George accumulated a huge array of skills such as planning, working under pressure, managing people and communication skills. Most of all he developed tenaciousness, self-discipline and the ability to be persistent.

After leaving the Marines George decided to look for work in the construction industry and signed up to the BuildForce programme. BuildForce arranged a work placement for George on a Morgan Sindall project and then following this secured an interview with Linden Homes through their Alliance partner, Galliford Try and he is now working for them as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager.

What advice does George have for other service leavers?

“My advice to anyone leaving the Armed Forces would be to get yourself on work placements so you can experience the industry and find out whether it’s the right career for you as well as getting useful help and advice from those working in the sector. I also made sure I gained the relevant qualifications such as First Aid at Work and attended careers fairs. Most notably I signed up to Buildforce who, through their contacts, managed to secure me an interview with Linden homes.

Being persistent was also a key factor as transitioning didn’t go as smoothly as I thought it would and there were some low times, most notably having to go on Jobseekers. However, I never gave up and fortunately my determination – with a big help from Buildforce – paid off.

I was elated when I was finally told that Linden Homes would take me on as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager. I’m really enjoying the role as the fast pace means it’s never dull and as the weeks go by I’m increasing my knowledge and competency, meaning I’m able to take on more responsibility. Overall, I can see I have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but it’s achievable and I’m more than confident that I’ll get there.”

George Creese
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