4th October 2018: External Event – Londist Construction Industry Insight Event Supported by BuildForce – London

BuildForce is a collaborative industry-led programme, part-funded by the CITB, with an objective to reduce skills gaps in construction whilst offering a second career to the military personnel. They connect the military community to construction careers through a UK-wide BuildForce Alliance of employers, industry bodies and charities, supported by Government.

BuildForce isn’t a recruitment agency, offering much more of a personal service; they connect the exmilitary personnel to the construction sector via a Mentoring programme and offer 1-2-1 support and career advice, arranging work placements and identifying job opportunities where possible.

Since January 2017, they have connected with over 790 Service Leavers and Veterans nationwide; inducted 347, placed 112 in jobs, 103 in work placements and 356 have benefited from the 1-2-1 mentoring programme.

The Insight Day will focus on nationwide construction pipeline opportunities and a chance to talk to some key employers, such as Balfour Beatty, GallifordTry, HE Simm, Kier, Laing O’Rourke Lendlease, Tideway, Wilson James and representatives from the HS2 and Hinkley Point C projects. This is a great opportunity to discuss skills required, training and find out more about what the industry has to offer; roles such as Project Managers, Designers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Health and Safety, QA, Tradesmen, Civil Engineering and supporting roles.  A job in construction isn’t just about being on the tools, it is accessible to all ranks and skill sets, and offers real potential for career progression.

As well as providing an insight into career pathways in the construction industry, they will run workshops to provide industry advice on CV’s, interview preparation and using social media effectively e.g. LinkedIn profiles.

Agenda for the day

1030 – 1100: Registration & coffee

1100 – 1200: Introduction to BuildForce and one of our ex-military recruits

1200 – 1400: Meet the employers, social media, CV and interview workshops

Testimonials from some of the Service Leavers, BuildForce have supported:

“I really appreciate the help BuildForce has given me. The hardest part about finding a good role in the construction industry is getting in front of the right people and BuildForce has helped me massively with that.”

“I’ve been sending my CV to employers for the past six months, and I only received one acknowledgement. BuildForce has managed to get me an interview in less than two days! You are doing an amazing job for ex-forces.”

“In my experience, BuildForce has consistently demonstrated an honest desire to assist both Service Leavers and Veterans in finding a meaningful career within construction. Their support at this early stage has so far improved my CV, grown my professional network, and opened dialogue with potential employers”

“Monday’s Insight Day event provided me with valuable insight and demonstrated the level of support for Service Leavers and Veterans that exists within the construction sector.”

Make the most of this event by signing up for our webinar with BuildForce on Tuesday 2nd October.

Date: Thursday 4th October 2018

Time: 10:30 – 14:00

Location: HAC, Finsbury Bks, City Road, London, EC1Y 2BQ (nearest tubes Old Street and Moorgate)

To register for this event, please email Anthony.Finch331@mod.gov.uk