Scheme Connecting Veterans and Service Leavers Into The Construction Industry Goes Live

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An industry-led initiative to inspire veterans to pursue a career in construction and strengthen recruitment from the Armed Forces into the industry, has been officially launched.

BuildForce went live at the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum in the Tower of London last night (31st January). SaluteMyJob’s Managing Director, Andrew Jackson attended amongst more than 140 guests.

This UK-wide, employer-led initiative aims to help address construction skills shortages - it is predicted there will be a 224,000 industry recruitment shortage by 2019. The initiative aims to identify vacancies and offer targeted training and mentoring to Service leavers and veterans.

The BuildForce initiative, part-funded by the CITB Structured & Flexible Fund, is also backed by its founding partners: Carillion, Crossrail, EY, Lendlease, Morgan Sindall and Wilson James.

Essentially, BuildForce is a network of construction employers, industry bodies and Service charities, supported by the Government. The scheme is connecting former Armed Forces personnel with employers who are looking for transferable military skills and experience. Veterans are provided with direct access to BuildForce’s network of employers, all for free, as well as mentoring and one-to-one support.

Early success stories include a former Corporal in the Royal Corps of Signals who has successfully transitioned into a role at Balfour Beatty as an Learning and Development Programme Co-ordinator, and a former Regimental Administration Warrant Officer now heading up the Carillion training centre in Bristol.

Andrew Jackson said:

“SaluteMyJob is delighted to be engaged with the Buildforce initiative. I have attended the preparatory workshops and the appetite amongst employers in the construction sector is clear. We look forward to helping match the opportunities arising from BuildForce with suitably qualified ex-military candidates.”

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