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About the Course

Building Heroes provides skills training to Military Veterans and support into employment in the building trades. Our aim is to tackle unemployment amongst those who have kept us safe by offering them a seamless transition to a new career in construction.



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We’ve been incredibly lucky to have experienced three fantastic cohorts of Building Heroes at Colchester Institute in 2017. 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 was really nervous before starting; I hadn’t been around large groups of people for over a year. The course has been fantastic; my worries were soon gone. I thought it was just going to be a tutor showing us what to do but it’s really hands on and I’ve enjoyed every minute.
Craig - King's Royal Hussars
Building Heroes’ CEO, Brendan Williams, has been in attendance at the graduations and has closely followed the progress of our cohorts.

The first four 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.Ben - Army | 26 Engineer Regiment
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.Craig Howe - Army | KRH
The whole course has been more than what I could have imagined – so good, definitely worth doing and friendly staff. All round great course.Dave Murray - Army | RTR