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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.

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
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 Level 1 Health and Safety in the Construction Environment and 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.
We are now working with an employer who is recruiting teams of Property Maintenance Operatives around the country. If you would be interested in more information on this, please contact us quoting ‘Property Maintenance Operatives teams’.

Is the course residential?

Residential and non-residential options can be provided buy 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 are proud to introduce our first successful cohort of Building Heroes at Colchester Institute. Undertaking our Property Maintenance course, all eight graduated in front of thrilled staff and the Building Heroes team, led by the founder and Chief Executive, Brendan Williams. Brendan spoke of the importance of Building Heroes and the partnership with Colchester Institute to provide training to those coming out of the Military.

Each of the graduates were presented with a certificate and a generous gift from our local builders and decorators merchant Kent Blaxill. They provided in-store credit towards their first tool kit alongside a full set of safety wear for their transition into work to the delighted cohort.

Duncan on behalf of all graduates thanked everyone involved in the project and said it had been excellent and the tutors had gone above and beyond in every way.

It has been an absolute pleasure to host the second cohort of Building Heroes at Colchester Institute. They began by getting to grips with plastering and bricklaying at their stations in the workshop, before painting and fitting their space with plumbing and heating.

At their Graduation Ceremony, Brendan Williams personally thanked the Heroes for their part in the continued success of the charity. Kent Blaxill were in attendance to provide a gift bag alongside the Heroes’ certificates, which contained a hard hat, ear defenders, gas mask and a hi-visibility vest. In addition to this the Heroes were also given an Advantage Card to use on their first materials from any Kent Blaxill store.

The atmosphere was buoyant and reflected the positivity and comradery of the group throughout the course. We wish them the best of luck and hope they take what they’ve learnt into the future.

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We look forward to meeting you.