Midland Armed Forces Insight Day Testimonials

Thanks for today, what i found best was the one on one time.  Everyone had good advice for me and also pointed out avenues for me to go down that i hadn’t thought of before.

Thanks for including me today to what was a timely and extremely useful event which broadened my horizons as I start my transition journey. The presentations hit the mark and I appreciated the willingness of both veterans to openly discuss their experiences leading up to and securing employment. Reps that I engaged with were very supportive and I will follow up with emails this evening.  Having finished work on Friday, I have a couple months of paid leave to scope options and would welcome opportunities to spend time with some of the organisations represented today.

All positive. I thought the balance between presentations from you, Nick and Ben vs time with the employers was good. I thought the number and range of employers was very positive.

A couple of thoughts to make the next one even better:

Would it be helpful to group the employers by sector or specialisation (logistics / infrastructure delivery / commercial construction / residential construction…)? Might just help navigating around the employers.

Is it worth thinking about optimising employer expectation to the service leavers’ backgrounds? I might be wrong, but my sense was that over 50% of the service leavers may have been officers looking for managerial roles, but some of the employers had anticipated non-commissioned officers looking for hands on roles in H&S, logistics etc. It wasn’t a problem for me, but one or two of the employers told me that they were surprised that someone of my background was there. Whilst they were not in a position to help me, they did offer to pass on my details to others in their organisations. Let’s see if that happens. But a really good day. Thank you.

Thank you for today. I found the whole event really useful. The employers were all helpful and engaging. The mixture of ex-military and civilian perspectives was also useful to judge if I have civilianised my CV and pitch. I would definitely recommend it to others.

Thanks for the insight day, i had a great day meeting potential employers and getting great feedback from them with my experiences, and how i could possibly fit into their company. Today is a day of chasing them follow up emails. I think the numbers were spot on for attendees, If you had possibly had one or two more companies attending, i think this may off elevate some of the waiting around, obviously this all depends on your network attending the events. All in all a great day i thought.

Many thanks to you and the team, the day was a great insight to civilian life, the recruiters/ employers where great and dispelled a lot of myths that I had about what they look for when reading CVs and about the interview process.  Also some inspirational speakers.

Therefore can I say a genuine thankyou for all of the contacts, information and events that you provided. I have found them incredibly useful even if, this time, they have not lead to a job.

That said, one of the options that has opened up to me is contracting under my own business, and I will definitely continue looking at Construction Logistics and pre-project planning should I follow that route – so you may yet get me into the industry! I had not considered construction at all prior to signing up with you.

Thankyou again -the experience and contacts that I have gained through Buildforce were genuinely useful and had HS2 in particular been at a slightly more advanced stage this would have certainly provided me with some solid opportunities.

The day was excellent in my eyes. It had a good ratio of attendees to employers which meant no one was standing around for long.  My main criticism of other Armed Forces events has been that it is full of HR people who don’t know much of the technical detail for the roles I was enquiring about. Thankfully there was no such issue today. All the stands had a HR rep supported by a construction person to ensure all questions could be answered in an accurate and articulate way as well as giving sound advice. Also they were the decision makers who could actually fast track good candidates to the right people. I am very glad I could make the event and I have made some excellent contacts as a result.

Thanks for organising yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear success stories from veterans that had recently transitioned. The opportunity to speak to such a number and diverse range of companies was invaluable and I feel very fortunate to have been able to partake in the day. I made a number of connections that I will be following up. I feel very positive about securing more meetings, coffees and in good time work experience opportunities.  Thanks again for your continued help and support.

First of all, thank you very much for a very useful and insightful day yesterday at Cosford. If only I came across you guys when I did my resettlement.

I found the information with timings and location very clear and precise. The event was run to the point, with no fuss and with maximum time to engage with the employers present. I have no recommendations for improvement, only huge praise to you and the team.

Great day today at BuildForce’s 5th Armed forces insight day. It was a unique experience having the ability to sit down and have an informal chat with some of the big players in the construction industry, and with people who have a genuine interest in what skills ex-forces personnel can provide. Made some valuable contacts and hopefully an opportunity for the future.

Work Placement Testimonials

I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to you all at Morgan Sindall for the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the complexities of the Construction Industry and Site Management.

After Monday and due to Chris being ill I went to the site at Torquay Academy and stayed with Warwick for the rest of the week. This opportunity enabled me to experience and get involved with different trades and assist Warwick with elements of paperwork, such as RAMs, Safety monitoring, Toolbox talks and daily site inductions. Moreover, I was able to experience the processes and procedures that Morgan Sindall follow as part of their Health and Safety management systems.

Out on site and as a result of the daily briefs and forward planning I was able to appreciate the importance of communication, coordination and cooperation by the Principal Contractor to all Sub-contractors in order to meet the Clients expectations. Flexibility, being proactive, attention to detail and being able to manage multiple tasks concurrently are key attributes that Warwick was able to demonstrate in abundance to me throughout the week.

I felt at very at ease on site and comfortable throughout the week able to deliver on what was required of me. I am actively looking to gain employment within the construction industry from September and I would be very keen to continue a working relationship with Morgan Sindall to further my knowledge and experience better placing me for any possible opportunities.

“An invaluable week with a great insight and opportunity into an industry that I feel I will be well-suited – thank you and the team at Morgan Sindall”

Secured Employment Testimonials

Good afternoon Caroline / Angela,

Hope you are both well.

I just wanted to email a quick thank you for all the help and support received from yourselves and the BuildForce team. I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today if it wasn’t for you both. 

Currently, i am working as a Trainee QS with O’Connor Utilities in Manchester on a large Virgin Media contract and due to hard work and dedication (all skills gained in the military) I have recently been promoted and will be taking more of a lead role with support of a senior QS on a large contract in Leeds and I have been training 2 new QS who have joined my team. Also, I have passed my first year at uni. 

I knew where I wanted to go in life but needed a bit of direction and inspiration on how to get there. The work experience that you set up for me and the help with interview techniques and my CV proved invaluable.

There are a lot of lost soldiers out here and some who get negative press. I just wanted to share another story of success you helped to write.

I have and will be recommending BuildForce to the ex-servicemen I know and meet. 

Thanks again and keep up the good work.

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