About the Course
Building Heroes provides skills training to military service leavers and veterans, with support into employment in the building or engineering trades. Its aim is to tackle unemployment amongst those who have kept us safe by offering them a seamless transition into a new career.
To date, Building Heroes has graduated over 1,000 veterans and service leavers through the programme, offering post-course support into employment, self-employment or further training. To help with this transition, the charity works with national and local employers who are committed to supporting veterans into a new career. The courses give learners a massive uplift in confidence and motivation, providing valuable new skills to not only launch a career in construction or engineering, but also support physical and mental rehabilitation.
Everyone on the course is supported by an RWPO (Recruitment, Welfare & Progression Officer). The officer acts as the main point of contact for learners, offering welfare support for the duration of the course and up to six months after the course, plus assisting in finding suitable onward career pathways.
Building Heroes’ five-week programmes (Foundation Property Maintenance and L2 Performing Engineering Operations) are available free of charge to all military veterans and their families whether resettling, medically discharged or already on Civvy Street.
Foundation Property Maintenance
This course covers a wide range of property maintenance and building skills including, bricklaying, rendering, plastering, plumbing, carpentry/joinery, tiling and painting & decorating.
L2 Performing Engineering Operations (PEO)
This course covers a wide range of engineering processes including, sheet metal, fabrication and welding and bench fitting (tool making).
Throughout the programme Building Heroes works with the veterans (or their families) to identify an appropriate career path for them whether employed, self-employed or further training.
Ben - 5th Cohort at Colchester Institute
Brendan Williams - Building Heroes CEO
The completion of both courses is followed by a Graduation Ceremony during which the Heroes receive their certificates.