From Army Parachute Regiment to Construction Manager

An Army career that culminated in training recruits as a Platoon Commander led to a new career in construction management for Jordan Toy.

Jordan Toy graduated from Sandhurst in 2009 and served as a Captain in the Parachute Regiment for four years. He served as Platoon Commander in Afghanistan and later was posted to Catterick as Platoon Commander, leading a team turning recruits into fully functioning soldiers in 28 weeks.

“My typical day involved ensuring my team had the correct resources available to conduct recruit training: physical resources, time, space etc. I would also spend time planning future training with the input from my team, and conducting some specific training to the recruits myself.

“Communication and leadership skills were used on a daily basis to ensure everyone in the team was clear on what they were meant to be doing, where and when. Team work skills were an integral part of daily work, and a proactive, problem solving, ‘can do’ attitude’ was fundamental to ensure stuff got done given often limited resource availability.”

On leaving the Army, Jordan secured a position as construction manager for Lendlease, then transferred to the consulting division where he now project manages a wide variety of projects for external clients:

“I am currently working on a museum refurbishment and public sector buildings ensuring they are fit for purpose.

“A typical day involves lots of interactions and meetings to ensure the wider project team understands what we are meant to be doing, what the plan is for the future and ensure everyone has all the information they require to do their job. I am then able to communicate this back to the client team to ensure they are up to date with progress. If something is not happening or going as planned, my role involves identifying what is not happening, finding a solution and implementing that solution to ensure what needs to be done is done in a timely manner.

“One of my challenges during the transition to civvy street was thinking about what it is I wanted to do and what was important, rather than simply following the crowd – often you are dealing with people with less of a like-minded attitude than you were in the Army. And no PT during the working day!

“More information about opportunities in the construction industry during resettlement phase would have been helpful.

“To any ex-service person looking to move into construction I’d say, don’t worry about not having the ‘proper qualifications’ – you have more than you know in terms of transferable skills and these will be highly valued by employers. You can acquire industry-specific knowledge.”

Jordan Toy
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