Annington, one of the UK's largest private real estate owners, joins Building Heroes as a Gold Sponsor. This partnership supports veterans and service leavers with Skills Academies across England and Wales, bridging the gap from military service to construction careers. Together, we will continue to empower the Armed Forces community.
Annington’s commitment to the Armed Forces community is reflected in its nationwide housing delivery, where the majority of its portfolio of 39,000 homes are rented by the MoD to provide housing to service families. As a Gold Sponsor for Building Heroes, Annington will play a pivotal role in supporting the provision of essential training programmes offered by use, enabling more veterans to access the skills and knowledge required to excel in the construction and infrastructure industries.
"We are thrilled to welcome Annington as a Gold Sponsor," said Karen Jefford, CEO of Building Heroes. "This partnership marks a significant milestone in our mission to support Armed Forces communities across England and Wales and is particularly significant as we approach the start of our 10 year anniversary as a leading Armed Forces military to construction charity. Annington’s commitment to our cause underscores their dedication to making a tangible difference in the lives of veterans and service leavers."
The Skills Academies supported by this sponsorship will provide participants with practical skills and qualifications needed to secure meaningful employment in the construction and infrastructure sectors. By offering training and career pathways, we, along with our partners, empower veterans, service leavers and their family member to build successful civilian careers and lives.
“As a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, we have pledged our support to the Armed Forces Community, both past and present. We recognise that for many, finding meaningful employment that replicates the best elements of a military career – camaraderie, discipline and precision – can be difficult. Construction has proven itself to be a perfect match,” says Helen Liddell, Chair of Annington. “Given the chronic shortage of construction workers, the work of Building Heroes is invaluable. We are delighted that our support over the next two years will enable the charity to open five additional Academies which look set to train 1,000 ex Forces personnel. It is our hope that some will find employment with our contractors and help us as we continue to refurbish former military homes returned to us by the MoD.”
Building Heroes and Annington are proud to embark on this partnership, which will benefit the military community. Our collaboration stands as a testament to the shared values and dedication of both our organisations, joining forces between the military and the construction industry to support those who have served our nation.