Construction isn’t just what you see on site, there are more than 180 different jobs that make up the built environment industry. If you think it might be a career for you, Building Heroes can set you on your way.

Recently awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, its courses run at various locations across the UK and are open to service families, as well as those leaving the forces, veterans and their families, and reservists.

Ivan Holme

Ivan Holme

Ivan Holme, whose father recently left the Royal Engineers, is taking a fully funded multi-trade course, learning practical and theoretical skills in areas such as plumbing, carpentry, brickwork, plastering, painting and decorating, and tiling. He’s also gaining onsite work experience and access to employment opportunities.

“I think the course is fantastic as a taster of the construction industry to work out which trade I would like to progress in,” explains Ivan.

“I like the fact that I can learn different trades whilst gaining a professional City & Guilds qualification.”

Ivan was surprised by the array of pathways available. “There are a range of opportunities in trainee site/project management, traineeships in all the multi trades we are learning, self-employment opportunities with Building Heroes Property Services, property maintenance roles, as well as logistics and Health and Safety.”

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