UK Construction Industry Looking To Employ More Veterans

A new initiative called “Buildforce” is helping service leavers find a second career in construction.

Some of the biggest industry names have signed up to the project at a launch event at the Tower of London.

Building a new career after years serving in the armed forces isn’t always easy.

In the Fusilier’s Museum at the Tower of London, some of the biggest names in UK construction signed up to the new initiative, which helps service leavers into the industry.

The project helped former Army officer Tom Scott when he was searching for a work placement.

With a website and networking opportunities, Buildforce connects people looking with companies hiring.  

However, job opportunities aren’t limited to working on building sites. 

Gary Sullivan is a founding member of Buildforce. He went into construction after a career in the Army and says it was a natural fit.

The UK construction industry needs new talent. Experts at the launch event believe Brexit and an ageing population will hit the industry, which already needs two hundred and twenty thousand new recruits by 2019 to meet demand.

Recruits that could be found among the fourteen thousand people leaving the British Armed Forces every year.

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