VGC worker BuildForce logoBuildForce is a programme to help ex-services personnel into construction and engineering.

We are working with BuildForce to support people leaving the forces in their transition to civilian life.

We were one of the sponsors of the launch event at the Tower of London on 31 January 2017.

James Andrews, labour manager, Dan Parkinson, labour manager, and Simon Clamp, learning and development (ex-army himself), have volunteered as mentors, as part of the programme.

“Ex-miltary personnel have a wide range of transferable skills,” said Ciara Pryce, VGC group services director. “Military skills like teamwork, punctuality, leadership and motivation are highly valuable.

“We believe that by offering support to service leavers who are interested in a career in construction we will make the change to civilian employment easier for them, and help to ease the skills shortage in our industry.”

Success stories of service leavers moving into construction include award-winning apprentice James Berry.

UK-wide alliance

BuildForce is a UK-wide employer-led initiative which will help former armed services personnel find rewarding careers in the construction and built environment sectors. It will connect the military community to construction careers through a UK-wide alliance of employers, industry bodies and charities, supported by government.

Around 14,000 people leave the armed forces each year, many of whom are not aware of the opportunities available within the construction industry. The BuildForce initiative, which is part-funded by the CITB Structured & Flexible Fund, is also backed by its founding partners: Carillion, Crossrail, EY, Lendlease, Morgan Sindall and Wilson James.