Build a new career in construction with the help of Amey
Infrastructure support service provider Amey has formed an alliance with BuildForce to support Service leavers and veterans – and reduce the current skills gap in the construction industry
Amey has a long association with the Armed Forces and recognises the transferable skills that Service leavers and veterans have, such as project management, leadership, and quick and confident decision making. With around 14,000 personnel leaving the Forces each year we’re keen to tap in to this pool of talent and are delighted to have formed an alliance with BuildForce, an industry-led programme that aims to reduce the skills gap in the construction industry by recruiting ex-military personnel.
Building on our commitment to the Armed Forces covenant, our teams will be working closely with BuildForce to provide opportunities for Service leavers and veterans to engage with our business. With the help of a network of Amey BuildForce mentors spread across the UK, we’ll be organising site visits and work placements, and providing guidance and support with CV writing and mock interviews – all with the aim of offering suitable employment positions not only within Amey itself but within our vast supply chain too.
Around 10% of our workforce across our defence contracts come from a Forces background, and many more employees have worked closely with the military for many years – these are the people who have the experience and the passion to help Service leavers make the next move in their careers and to support them as they transition into a new and sometimes daunting industry.
Tim Redfern, Amey’s managing director, defence, and ex-Seaman Officer in the Royal Navy, is delighted to be the nominated Amey BuildForce Ambassador and, having signed the BuildForce Veterans Alliance Charter in December, will be providing direction and support throughout the programme.
Caroline Logan, BuildForce programme director, says: ‘We are delighted to welcome Amey as a new member and look forward to working with them to support Service leavers and veterans in their journey to gain employment and further connect within their network.’
Tim Redfern adds: ‘With an ever-increasing skills gap in the construction industry, we are keen for Service leavers and veterans to see Amey as a Forces-friendly organisation, and one that encourages and welcomes them as they make their transition into a civilian career. Our partnership with BuildForce will ensure that we harness the skills of our Armed Forces community and draw on their knowledge to improve the service we provide to our customers.’
Amey, with a turnover of £2.2bn, employs 17,000 people internationally with a focus on the UK, but with businesses in Australia and America. Our aim is to make the world a better place to live, work and travel. Designing, building, maintaining and investing in the UK’s services and infrastructure in partnership with our clients. That means keeping core services running smoothly across the country: utilities, transport, engineering, justice, defence, environmental and waste services, and facilities management.
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