Inspiring stories from ex-Forces men & women who, using the BuildForce programme,
have successfully made the transition to employment in the Construction Industry

“To anyone thinking about a career in construction I would say ‘go for it!’ Continue in civvie street as you did in the military, as part of a team working in a major project which affects one of the largest parts of the UK’s economy.”

Full Case Study Marie Butler

Learning & Development Programme Co-ordinator, Balfour Beatty

“Decide on what it is you want to do early on. Do some research and get some work experience in if you can. Concentrate on what you can offer rather than what you can’t. There are many companies out there that will be willing to take you on as a trainee or junior and invest some time into the right person. Get a foot in the door and show people what you can do.”

Full Case Study Andy Wilmer

Logistics Manager, Taylor Woodrow

“The construction industry is well suited to most service leavers as it’s close to the Forces organisational structure. Plus it demands hard work, and the army produces people who are used to high pressure and high demands.”

Full Case Study Coldric John

Site Engineer, M3 Smart Motorway project

“The Career Transitional Workshop was my first step in the right direction. It really helped me with interview techniques and preparing my CV. It also helped me realise skills I had but was unaware of.”

Full Case Study John Stevens

Training Centre Manager, Carillion

“I’d say to others that you need to realise when a civilian employer would look to offer you a job – don’t panic when you have nothing with a year to go! Ask for advice, work out your transferrable skills with that advice, and network, network, network!”

Full Case Study Matt Chapman

Mechanical Project Manager, Skanska

“The construction industry is rewarding, physically demanding and innovative and I would advise other to plan ahead, approach employers and sign up to BuildForce prior to leaving.”

Full Case Study Kris Marsden

Civil Engineering Groundworker, M.B. Roche & Sons Ltd


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