AN RAF veteran has launched a new business, training and hiring ex-military personnel.
Nigel Blanchard, from Winsford, a former RAF radio operator, left the Air Force in 1990 after 11 years of service, and at first struggled to find work and adjust to civilian life.
He went into the property industry and has now come up with the idea for a new business – Heroes4Hire Handymen. Nigel has paid for a course at Reaseheath College in Nantwich, specifically dedicated to training veterans in practical skills, so they can be hired by Heroes4Hire-Handymen, reports The Winsford Guardian.
Ten military veterans have now begun the course in property maintenance at Reaseheath College which will give them the skills to launch a new career in the construction industry. The first intake of veterans are gaining practical skills in bricklaying, plastering, wall-tiling, decorating, joinery and plumbing during the intensive five-week course.
In addition to their new skills, the ex-service men and women will also achieve a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Construction Environment and a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, which is essential for working in the construction industry.
“We aim to provide 420 jobs across the country in property maintenance for ex-servicemen and women over the next two years,” Nigel told The Guardian. “We need well-trained, willing and capable employees to fill these vacancies. These are the attributes many former Armed Forces personnel already have and we hope that, through our partnership with Reaseheath and Building Heroes, we will be laying down a foundation for these excellent recruits which will enable them to pick up a new and rewarding career.”
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