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

“I wish BuildForce had been there when I first left the army”, he says of his difficult transition to a new career. “My new boss said I got the job mainly because of my experience in the forces…

Full Case Study Abel Makore

Site Engineer, EDF Energy - Hinkley Point C

“Spend some time researching which area of the industry fits your skill set and interests you. Then go out and get some quality work experience, as much as possible.”

Full Case Study Tom Baron

Civil Engineering Site Agent, Balfour Beatty

“I was keen … to not only experience what a consultant working environment was like for myself, but felt it would provide the opportunity for my potential future employer to look at me over a sustained period. ”

Full Case Study Tom Scott

Senior Consultant, EY

“Attending networking events and networking as much as possible. This is in my opinion how jobs are found and how you find out what you might like to do. More general transition advice would be to maintain the values and standards the military instilled in you.”

Full Case Study Geordie Ogilvie

Assistant Project Manager, Lendlease


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