IF YOU are looking for a new career or your soldier is preparing to leave the Army, it’s worth looking at Building Heroes, a charity providing free training to the entire military family. 
Its aim is to tackle unemployment among those who have kept us safe by offering a seamless transition to a new career in construction. The Building Heroes foundation in property maintenance programme delivers a free, certified five-week diploma course at a variety of colleges around the UK.  

The course is open to veterans, Service leavers and family members. All you need is a desire to pursue a career in the construction industry or property maintenance. If you are still serving in, you can attend the programme in the last three months of your resettlement.  Preference for places may be given to those who are unemployed.

Course content
Training includes the followingelements: 

  • Health safety and welfare in construction, includingConstruction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) training andexamination 
  • Brickwork, blockwork, rendering,plastering 
  • Painting and decorating,tiling 
  • Domesticplumbing 
  • Asbestos awareness (either classroom or online learning andtest) 
  • Carpentry/joinery 
  • Routine maintenance tasks (locks,guttering) 

What are thequalifications?
The college will enrol you on a level one qualification in construction skills. You will be assessed on a range of skills across the subjects studied. In addition, you’ll receive a level one health and safety in the construction environment and your CSCS card – essential for working in the constructionindustry. 

What happens after thecourse?
This will depend on your personal situation and your career ambitions. Building Heroes aims to support you into a career in the building trades, whether that is as an employee or self-employed, or whether you wish to continue your training. It provides guidance and advice appropriate to your needs.  

Where is the coursedelivered? 

  • Chichester College, Brinsbury Campus, West Sussex 
  • Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire 
  • Colchester Institute, Essex 
  • Wiltshire College and University Centre, Trowbridge 

How to apply 
Complete the form at launchcloud.com/shared-forms/web/13383?actkn=ihroSdCLEd and the charity will be in touch to discuss options.

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