CIOB Supports Industry Drive Military Recruits Plug Skills Gap

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is supporting a campaign to encourage army leavers to fill a skills gap in the construction industry.

The CIOB is supporting BuildForce, a cross-industry initiative, ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday to raise awareness of the construction careers available to armed forces leavers and veterans.

With approximately 20,000 men and women leaving the army each year and an estimated 230,000 new construction workers needed by 2020, the construction body is supporting the industry’s push for more military recruits.

Military personnel have learned to adapt to rapidly changing environments, collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, and take responsibility for the safety and well-being of large numbers of workers by developing strong team-working leadership and communication skills.

According to the CIOB, ex-service personnel are ideally suited to many managerial roles in construction. In a survey of more than 700 construction professionals, 77% of respondents said ex-service personnel could help plug the industry’s management skills gap.

BuildForce, which is part-funded by the UK’s skills and training body, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), and led by a group of founding companies Carillion, Crossrail, EY, Lendlease, Morgan Sindall, and Wilson James, will be officially launched on June 29 at a CIOB parliamentary reception.

“Construction is a people-based industry, and it needs leaders just as urgently as those with technical skills,” said CIOB president Chris Chivers. There has never been a better time for ex-military personnel to enter the sector. New and exciting opportunities are being created as a result of technological advancements.

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“However, without a pipeline of new decision makers, the UK construction sector’s growth and global competitiveness will be jeopardised.” It is critical that we work together to establish and strengthen recruitment pathways across the armed forces, allowing us to tap into this extremely valuable resource while also supporting our ex-military personnel and boosting the UK economy.”

“With nearly 20,000 men and women leaving the armed forces every year, this provides a natural resource of managerial talent for employers,” said Andrew Parker, director of defence at Morgan Sindall and chair of BuildForce. Ex-military personnel often have strong leadership and management skills, but may lack specific construction knowledge.

“Our goal at BuildForce is to bridge that gap by introducing people to opportunities in the construction sector earlier in their military careers, providing access to training and mentoring, and collaborating with organisations such as CIOB to help them gain built-environment qualifications before leaving the services.”

“We want BuildForce to be the go-to organisation for ex-military personnel looking to get into construction while also easing the transition into civilian life.”

Last Updated on December 29, 2021


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