From Army Engineer to Construction Manager
Oliver, 27, from Colchester, served in the Royal Engineers from April 2005 until August 2011. Before joining up, he had begun a career in the construction industry as a carpenter, but decided to join the army to challenge himself and develop his skills.
Oliver served in Canada, Iraq, Afghanistan and Cyprus. He seized the training and development opportunities the Army has to offer, developing his carpentry and electrical skills.
After leaving the Army, Oliver initially worked as self-employed carpenter, before returning to working on bigger projects in a larger team. He currently works as a construction manager for Lendlease in London.
The work I did in the army and the work I am doing in the civilian construction industry have many similarities, with many of the same structures and processes in place. Returning to construction was the natural choice for me, and gives me a chance to use all the skills I picked up in the armed forces. I was a carpenter and joiner trained in the Royal Engineers. … There are so many different roles in the construction industry that people don’t know about and they don’t think about, but they can go into pretty much anything with the background they’ve got in the forces.”