27th February 2020: External Event – BuildForce Armed Forces Insight Day – Manchester

Hosted by Wates, the Insight Day will focus on local and nationwide construction and the built environment, current and pipeline opportunities, and a chance to talk to key employers from the BuildForce Alliance, including Amey, Balfour Beatty, Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 JV, Building Heroes, Danny Sullivan, Eiffage Kier HS2 JV, Highways England, Jacobs, Kier, Mace, Morgan Sindall, Robertson Group, Self Build Heroes, Prospect Homes, Turner & Townsend, Thompsons Ltd., VGC, Vistry Partnerships, Willmott Dixon, Wilson James and more to be confirmed.

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, Logisticians, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Health and Safety, QA, Tradesmen, Civil Engineering and supporting roles. A job in construction is not just about being on the tools, it is accessible to all ranks and skillsets and offers real potential for career progression.

As well as providing an insight into career pathways in the construction industry, you will have an opportunity to spend one on one time with employers in an informal atmosphere to discuss transferrable skills, CV advice, training and employment opportunities.

10:30 – 11:00 Registration and coffee
11:00 – 12:00 Introduction to BuildForce, the industry and two ex-military recruits
12:00 – 15:00 Employer forum

“My BuildForce experience has been a success and especially through the insight days. In my case with Faithful & Gould picking up on my CV and short conversations that ultimately led to interviews and a role. For me, this is just one of several indications of the construction industry being open to recognising potential in Ex-Service personnel and their skills.”

“This was my first BuildForce Industry Insight Event but well worth attending despite being well into my resettlement. For me the combination of supportive and well informed industry connections (not just HR/recruitment) all in one place supported by your knowledge of the candidate makes this a highly effective employment event. Thank you for your targeted advice on who to speak with and for ensuring suitably senior representation were in attendance and engaged, this cuts out weeks of networking and coffee’s and I found it really useful.”

Date: Thursday 27th February

Time: 10:30 – 15:00

Location: Manchester (exact venue TBC)

To register please email Caroline at caroline.logan.buildforce@wilsonjames.co.uk

Wates Construction Ltd is one of the leading privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK. They aim to inspire a better way of creating the places, communities and business of tomorrow, with award-winning cooperate social responsibility.

BuildForce is a collaborative industry-led programme, with an objective to reduce skills gaps in construction and the built environment 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 and working in partnership with The Royal Foundation. Since January 2017, they have connected with over 1000 Service Leavers and Veterans nationwide; inducted over 600, placed 175 in jobs, over 200 in work placements and 721 have benefited from the 1-2-1 mentoring programme.