Ex-soldiers wanted to fill 'serious skills shortage' in building 65 new homes

FORMER soldiers could soon be helping to build new homes in Hove thanks to a new scheme.

Major house builder Hyde Housing has teamed up with The Royal British Legion to create new job opportunities for Armed Forces’ leavers, reports The Argus.

Military leavers possess valuable transferable skills in leadership, teamwork and project management, in addition to strong technical skills gained during their service.
— Tom Shaw

The partnership with the legion’s employability service, Civvy Street, will see ex-military given the chance to become crane operators, banksmen, signallers or forklift drivers on building sites. The first recruits are now being sought to help with Hyde’s latest construction project to build 65 homes and space for businesses at New Wave in Hove.

Tom Shaw, Hyde development director (South), told The Argus: “Military leavers possess valuable transferable skills in leadership, teamwork and project management, in addition to strong technical skills gained during their service. The construction industry in Brighton and Hove is facing a serious skills shortage. This partnership with Civvy Street will help to plug that gap along with Hyde’s other initiatives to employ local labour and our established relationships with local colleges to provide apprenticeships.”

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