Hire a Hero have teamed up with The Square to provide employment opportunities in the construction industry.

The Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has issues a call to encourage those who have served to consider a career in the construction industry.

The home building industry has now more than doubled since 2009 meaning that the construction sector is looking to recruit 200,000 talented workers over the next 5 years.

Having recently attended a BuildForce construction industry awareness event at RRC Northolt, Mr Lewis spoke to a number of service leavers who are moving into the industry and told those interested that now is the best time to get started in such a career.

He said that anyone looking to make a return to ‘Civvy Street’ could carve out a successful career in construction – with an industry ready and willing to take them on. He also said that that those who have served in the armed forces are well-equipped with the skills the industry needs such as construction and civil engineering.

“Our efforts have got Britain building with starts at their highest annual level for nearly 6 years, creating thousands of jobs across the country.”

The brave men and women in uniform who have served their country in our armed forces should be at the front of the queue for skilled construction careers when they return to Civvy Street.”

Steve Radley, Director of Policy at Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), said:
“BuildForce helps ex-servicemen and women take the skills they’ve learned in the forces into construction, where they can build the hundreds of thousands of new homes Britain needs.”

Find out more about the BuildForce programme HERE and log in to RightJob to view many opportunities within the sector from employers specifically interested in recruiting ex-military personnel.

DIVIDE: Job hunting hardest in the North

DIVIDE: Job hunting hardest in the North

A study by classified adverts search engine ‘Adzuna’ has revealed the ten worst and best places to find work, nine out of ten cities with the best employment prospects found in the south.

The findings of the study point to the further development of a North-South divide with nine of the ten cities where job-hunting is the toughest found in the north.

In those cities that are perceived as the best to find work, Cambridge, Guildford, Reading Oxford and Aberdeen (the only northern city among the top ten) it is thought there are as many as three times as many vacancies as job-hunters.

This in stark contrast to those living where finding a job is toughest, Salford, Wirral and Hull, where there are as many as 20 people chasing each job.

The study also revealed that as a result of projects such as Crossrail and other initiatives the number of construction vacancies in the South of England has leapt by almost a third over the past six months.

The report also found that new housing now accounts for 19.4 per cent of total construction output, the recovering UK housing market and schemes such as ‘Help to Buy’ boosting industry recruitment.

Of the 55,663 construction vacancies advertised in October, almost half were in London and the South East.

If you are a service leaver with a career in construction in mind or simply would like assistance in your job hunt, wherever you are in the country, please email info@hireaherouk.org.

Want to be a part of a community building project and be on TV? Get in touch!

Channel 5 are looking for a team of military heroes to make a series of programmes working with ex-servicemen and women to help design and build community-based projects across the UK this summer.

They are looking for a team of military veterans capable of taking on tough, varied, time-intensive construction challenges.

If you have a trade such as electrician, carpenter, plumber, plasterer, decorator or have a general building background then they are keen to hear from you.

Whilst there is no pay, you will be looked after (travel, accommodation etc) and have the chance to apear on TV!

The programme schedule is as follows:

  • Abingdon, Oxfordshire / Tues 7th – Fri 10th August
  • Mentmore, Buckinghamshire / Tues 28th – Fri 31st August
  • Exbury, Southampton / Tues 4th – Thurs 6th September
  • Burnley,Lancashire / Mon 10th – Thurs 13th September
  • Easterhouse, Glasgow / Tues 18th – Fri 21st September
  • Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne / Tues 25th – Fri 28th September

If you are interested then please get in contact and send us your name, contact number, regiment/squadron/arm/branch and specific trade to mike.peckham@hireaherouk.org.

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