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About the Course

Building Heroes was founded in 2013 to assist Military Veterans transitioning into civilian life by providing them with building skills and support into employment.

Our five-week residential Foundation Property Maintenance Programme is available free of charge to all military veterans whether resettling, medically discharged or already on Civvy Street.

The course covers a wide range of property maintenance and building skills including, bricklaying, rendering, plastering, plumbing, carpentry/joinery, tiling and painting & decorating. Throughout the programme Building Heroes works with the veterans to identify an appropriate career path for them whether employment, self- employment or further training.



Course Breakdown



How long is the course?

The course is an intensive 5 week foundation course.

What will I learn?

Your training will include the following elements:

Health safety and welfare in construction, including CSCS training and examination
Brickwork, blockwork, rendering, plastering
Painting and decorating, tiling
Domestic plumbing
Carpentry/joinery
Routine maintenance tasks (eg locks, guttering)

What are the qualifications?

The initial five week course is accredited by Chichester College and delivered in a specialist training facility at Colchester Institute. You will achieve a City & Guilds 6219 Diploma and Extended Certificate in Construction Skills and receive your Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, essential for working in the construction industry.

What happens after the course?

This will depend on your personal situation and your career ambitions. We aim to support you into a career in the building trades, whether that is as an employee or self-employed, or whether you wish to continue your training. We will provide guidance and advice appropriate to your needs.

Is the course residential?

Residential and non-residential options can be provided by Building Heroes, depending on location.

How long is a day’s training?

Your day will start at 8:30 am and will finish around 4pm. Additional study towards your health and safety tests may be required outside of these hours.

We’ve been incredibly lucky to have welcomed some fantastic cohorts of Building Heroes at Colchester Institute. Through their engagement and feedback we’ve been able to consistently improve the experience and provide our Heroes with the skills they need to explore the option of a new career.



The atmosphere in the workshops has been fantastic with the Heroes starting with foundations of carpentry, rendering, plastering and brickwork before moving on to tiling, plumbing and painting. The intensive nature of the course means that instead of being stuck in a classroom all day, the veterans are building from day one.

I feel this program is great and I cannot sing its praises enough! I will be trying to get the word around to others who I know have options open. I feel this is also a great way for someone who is phasing out of military life to get away and focus on themselves.
Ben - 5th Cohort at Colchester Institute
Building Heroes’ CEO, Brendan Williams, has been in attendance at the graduations and has closely followed the progress of our cohorts.

The cohorts of Building Heroes to have passed through Colchester Institute have been a great success, we couldn’t have asked for more. The enthusiasm and support from the whole CI team coupled with a great facility has made it a pleasure for us and the learners. Long may it continue!
Brendan Williams - Building Heroes CEO

The completion of the course is followed by a Graduation ceremony during which the Heroes receive their certificates and a generous kit bag courtesy of Kent Blaxill (containing safety equipment as well as an Advantage Card to use on their first materials from any Kent Blaxill store). Following the ceremony in October which saw our third cohort graduate, Jonathan Hill from Kent Blaxill commented “It was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion. It’s a project we’re proud to be a part of.”




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A fantastic and enjoyable experience allowing me to identify what areas of construction to pursue at a later date but it has also given me the confidence to complete my home extension. I would highly recommend this course to anyone leaving service whether they wish to enter the job market in construction or simply attempt to build their own extension at home.
I find myself fortunate to have been selected for this course. The waiting list is large, which reflects how good the course is. The course content was perfect to give a thorough insite into each trade so that if you want to focus on a single trade you have been given enough practical experience to make a educated decision. Michael Bloom the instructor is vastly experienced and knowledgeable, as well as being very approachable which made learning very easy. I couldn’t recommend this course enough and I will be recommending it to anyone who will listen.
I feel confident to go away and carry out certain trades on my own, I felt confident in my own abilties before the course but I feel even more confident now. I wouldn’t have any problem with carrying out a small job using the skills we have learnt on this course.
This program is great and I cannot sing its praises enough. I will be trying to the word around to others who I know have options open. I feel this is also a great way for someone who is phasing out of military life to get away and focus on themselves.