Interview: Steven Smith
Where are you from?
I come from Chorley, near Preston. I’m currently based in Minley, near Fleet.
What has been your role at CVB?
I’ve been on a BuildForce two-week work placement, getting a range of experience in health and safety, lifting operations and surveying.
How did you hear about this opportunity?
Word of mouth really. I knew other service members who’d done similar placements recommended it. I had an idea of what I wanted to do in the future and this seemed like a chance not to be missed.
What were you doing before CVB?
I’m a corporal in the Royal Engineers.
Have you been on any deployments?
Yes, I’ve been to Afghanistan for three tours.
What are your thoughts of the project?
It’s been absolutely brilliant – that’s the best description I can give it. It’s far exceeded my expectations and I’ve been surprised by the depth of involvement I’ve been allowed. When I sat in on meetings I was asked for my input. It’s been great to be allowed to contribute to such an important project. Everyone’s been really helpful, asking about my background and helping me to make the most of the experience.
Do you have any plans for the future?
The placement has helped me to cement what I want to do after I leave the military in July. I think I’d like to get more involved in health and safety advisory roles. This placement has opened up a range of opinions and experiences of the industry and this type of role. It’s been really great to take what I’ve been told previously about health and safety and to see it actually applied.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
Just how much of a great opportunity this has been. It’s really opened up my eyes massively. BuildForce and the type of placements CVB offer – they’re such a brilliant opportunity for ex-service members. I definitely would recommend it.