BuildForce, a collaborative industry-led programme with an objective to reduce skills gaps in the construction industry whilst offering a second career to military personnel, is pleased to announce its 100 job starts since its founding late 2016.
BuildForce provides Service Leavers with 1-2-1 Mentoring support, identifying transferrable skills, training, CV advice, work placements and job opportunities. In joining Wilson James Ltd, Nick Channer became the organisation’s 100th placement, following a thirty-five year career in the British Army.
Angela Forbes, Chair of BuildForce and Commercial Director of Lendlease: “This is a fine example of BuildForce working brilliantly with our Service Leavers – attracting Nick’s calibre and unique skillset strengthens our own Industry. We will continue to bring in the diverse talents of our Service Leavers into Construction and look forward to our next 100.”
Nick Channer: “BuildForce made a massive difference to me during my transition and I would encourage other Service Leavers to approach the organisation, even those who may not directly be considering a career in construction – the span of opportunities is much wider than some might think.”
This appointment holds additional significance to Wilson James, as it is an active founding partner of BuildForce, along with EY, Lendlease Morgan Sindall and the BuildForce Alliance of industry employers.
Gary Sullivan, Chairman of Wilson James: “Recruiting Nick through BuildForce is also very special; as co-founders and supporters, it is great to know BuildForce can deliver exceptional individuals like Nick who will, I am sure, be an Ambassador for Service Leavers going forward.”
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