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BuildForce Armed Forces SW Insight day

  • Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, Exmouth Road, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5AR (map)

The Insight Day will focus on local construction pipeline opportunities with major contractors, supported by Building Plymouth. This is a great opportunity to discuss skills required, training and find out more about what the industry has to offer; roles such as Project Managers, Designers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Health and Safety, QA, Tradesmen, Civil Engineering and supporting roles. A job in construction isn’t just about being on the tools, it is accessible to all ranks and skill sets, and offers real potential for career progression.

As well as providing an insight into career pathways in the construction industry, we will run workshops to provide industry advice on CV’s, interview preparation and using Social media effectively e.g. LinkedIn profiles.

Agenda for the day 1030 - 1100: Registration & coffee 1100 - 1200: Introduction to BuildForce and one of our ex-military recruits 1200 - 1400: Meet the employers, social media, CV and interview workshops


BuildForce is a collaborative industry-led programme, part-funded by the CITB, with an objective to reduce skills gaps in construction whilst offering a second career to the military personnel. We connect the military community to construction careers through a UK-wide BuildForce Alliance of employers, industry bodies and charities, supported by Government and working in partnership with The Royal Foundation.

BuildForce isn't a recruitment agency, we offer much more of a personal service; we connect the ex- military personnel to the construction sector via our Mentoring programme, offering 1-2-1 support and career advice, arranging work placements and identifying job opportunities. Since January 2017, we have connected with over 830 Service Leavers and Veterans nationwide; inducted 370, placed 122 in jobs, 115 in work placements and 405 have benefited from our 1-2-1 mentoring programme.

Testimonials from Service Leavers, we have supported:

“I’ve been sending my CV to employers for the past six months, and I only received one acknowledgement. BuildForce has managed to get me an interview in less than two days! You are doing an amazing job for ex-forces.”

“In my experience, BuildForce has consistently demonstrated an honest desire to assist both Service Leavers and Veterans in finding a meaningful career within construction. Their support at this early stage has so far improved my CV, grown my professional network, and opened dialogue with potential employers”

“Monday’s Insight Day event provided me with valuable insight and demonstrated the level of support for Service Leavers and Veterans that exists within the construction sector.”