The Leading Tri-service Military to Construction Charity

Providing the blueprint for your career

Helping those that have kept us safe with a seamless transition into the civilian workplace through training leading to accredited qualifications.

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Queen’s Award for Enterprise

We are incredibly proud to have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise - Promoting Opportunity.

It means everything to receive one of the highest accolades in UK business, along with national recognition for the rewarding work we are doing with the military community.

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Join over 2133 Building Heroes that graduated into a career in construction!

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Not military?

Building Heroes come from all walks of life, not just ex-military and service leavers.

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Did you know?

Within construction and the built environment there are over 180 different jobs that make up the construction industry. Construction isn’t just what you see on site, it includes designing, building, and operating.

120,000

Military veterans are working age and unemployed

230,000

Skilled workers are needed in the construction industry

Shortage

of key construction skills is at the highest since 1998

We help you

We work with you to find the right training and outcome, whether that’s employment, self-employment or further programmes.

The best thing about Building Heroes is that it takes you away from the military environment that you seem to get on other resettlement courses.

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Recruit

We work with people like yourself looking for a new career in construction, either currently in resettlement or non-military.

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Reskill

Our training delivers nationally recognised qualifications, in partnership with further/higher education and industry partners in just five weeks.

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Redeploy

We work with local employers to ensure each of our trainees has job opportunities at the end of their course.

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We also offer additional welfare support beyond deployment.
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Are you an employer, looking for qualified team members?

Our military learners leave a career in the armed forces bringing a wealth of transferable skills in reliability, organisation skills, problem solving, leadership, management, loyalty, team building and flexibility. They complete our courses fully qualified with construction skills.

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Construction courses

We provide a broad range of courses, in Multi-Skilled Construction, Groundworks and Civils, Civil Engineering and Plant Operations.

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Foundation in Property Maintenance

This course provides a Level 1 City & Guilds Diploma in Construction Skills, CSCS Card, Level 1 Health & Safety, Tiling, Plumbing, Plastering, Painting & Decorating, Carpentry and Joinery and Brickwork.

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Groundworks and Civils

On successful completion of this course you will gain a recognised Level 2 qualification. These courses include learning how to lay pavements, kerbs and channels, install road drainage and moving loads.

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Industry Tickets

Tickets demonstrate competency and awareness of best practise. Qualifications range from SMSTS, NPORS, CPCS, Manual handling, First Aid and Working at Height.

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Performing Engineering Operations

In this course you will qualify with a Level 2 City & Guilds Performing Engineering Operations.

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Plant Machinery

This is a knowledge based Level 2 SQA qualification to include use of plant machines such as excavators, dumper trucks, slingers or signallers with progression onto CPCS or NPORS.

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success stories

Success stories

When I decided to leave the army, I gained some information from the resettlement team, and they signposted me to Building Heroes. I decided to embark on the course with Building Heroes to gain some practical skills and gain some information on the types of pathways within the sector.

Ross Gordon

Foundation in Property Maintenance

I joined the Army in 2004 and served for ten years. I am currently in a six-month job role with Regal, the employer partner of Building Heroes at Watford. Regal engaged with us throughout the course. I am based at one of their sites within a temporary role as an access control operative.

Ade Jerry

Foundation in Property Maintenance

I was looking at different career paths but was uncertain what I wanted to do. With an extremely relaxing environment, we completed all assessments as well as fabricating a few things for ourselves, which was interesting and fun.

Overall, I found the Building Heroes Engineering Course extremely enjoyable and would highly recommend it.

Nick Thorogood

Performing Engineering Operations

I am absolutely over the moon. I’m ecstatic to land a job here [at Southern Rail]. It’s amazing, it really is. I love the variety of getting out, meeting the lads and taking pride in the stations, trying to maintain and keep them up to scratch. I’m totally grateful to everyone and to Building Heroes.

Natalie Parker

Foundation in Property Maintenance

There was a lot I enjoyed about the Building Heroes course, it really was fantastic, well organised and the tutors were excellent.

Since the course, I applied for a job as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager with Barratt Developments and I was successful.

Dean Horton

Foundation in Property Maintenance
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Property services

Building Heroes Property Services is a truly unique service providing customers with skilled tradespeople who are all ex-military servicemen and women.

A subsidiary of the Building Heroes Education Foundation, all of the profits go toward reinvesting in the training programme to help the next generation of veterans pursue a second career they love.

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Creating connections across the built environment

The Building People network brings together organisations and initiatives that provide built environment careers support to diverse audiences.

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