Success Stories

Inspiring stories from ex-Forces personnel who, using the BuildForce programme,
have successfully made the transition to employment in the Construction Industry

“What has never gone away is the ‘military family’ and every opportunity I have had since leaving can be attributed in some my to my extended military network. BuildForce has continued that theme, and I have no-doubt they will continue to provide guidance and support to service leavers and veterans like myself.” Full Case Study

Tom Carver

Change Control Manager, South Western Railway

“Decide on what it is you want to do early on. Do some research and get some work experience in if you can. Concentrate on what you can offer rather than what you can’t. There are many companies out there that will be willing to take you on as a trainee or junior and invest some time into the right person. Get a foot in the door and show people what you can do.”

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Andy Wilmer

Construction Supervisor, Vinci Construction UK, Building Division

“I wish BuildForce had been there when I first left the army”, he says of his difficult transition to a new career. “My new boss said I got the job mainly because of my experience in the forces…

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Abel Makore

Site Engineer, EDF Energy - Hinkley Point C

“I think BuildForce is essential in connecting Service Leavers who may be interested in the construction industry with organisations like Crossrail. I discovered Crossrail through an open day at TUCA and BuildForce helped to arrange a work experience placement at C502 Liverpool Street Station.”

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Ben Hale

Information & Compliance Manager, Crossrail

“To anyone thinking about a career in construction I would say ‘go for it!’ Continue in civvie street as you did in the military, as part of a team working in a major project which affects one of the largest parts of the UK’s economy. “

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Marie Butler

Learning & Development Programme Co-ordinator, Balfour Beatty

“I had never considered working in the construction/security industry – I imagined that only those from the military with an engineering background would be suitable. Buildforce opened my eyes to the broader possibilities, and enabled me to see that my skills might be transferable and made a series of introductions which led me to my current position.”

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Nick Channer

Chief of Staff, Wilson James Ltd.


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