Military veterans encouraged into construction industry 

By Barrie Hudson - 12 November 2020

CommunityBusiness

Ex-military personnel wanting to join the construction industry have received a major boost.

Highways England signed the BuildForce Veteran Alliance Charter to support them into the industry.

Highways England, the organisation which operates and maintains England’s motorways and major A-roads, is throwing its weight behind former servicemen and women looking to transfer their skills by working with the industry-led programme BuildForce.

This is the latest move in Highways England’s support for armed forces personnel, as the company puts in place a group of ambassadors, champions and mentors to encourage armed forces leavers and veterans to build a new career in the sector. 

Highways England project manager and Royal Navy veteran Nicolas Medlicott said: “Highways England’s signing of the BuildForce charter is the latest milestone in our journey of strong support for former servicemen and women looking to utilise their skills and transfer their experience and knowledge into the road building industry.

“We work very closely with the military and have been rewarded with fantastic employees showing all the commitment, determination, hard work and ability the armed forces are renowned for. 

"We encourage all those looking for a career in Highways England, across our wide variety of departments – from site teams, to project management to engineering – to get in touch.”

BuildForce aims to inspire, engage and enable service leavers and veterans to effectively transition to sustainable employment in the construction industry, through a unique national network of mentors and champions.

Caroline Logan, BuildForce Programme Director, said: “BuildForce has been engaged with Highways England over the last few years.  

"Over this time, they have been instrumental to our mentoring programme and we have also secured employment for some of our military personnel.  I am therefore delighted they have signed the BuildForce charter as a pledge of their support to our programme and more importantly the armed forces community.

“I look forward to continuing working with Highways England, strengthening our relationship and more importantly supporting further military candidates into their wider business.”

Highways England also announced a further package of support to serving and ex-forces personnel and their families by re-signing its commitment to the Armed Forces covenant in June this year.

Further information about BuildForce can be found at https://www.buildforce.org.uk/

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