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Construction industry promotes management careers to ex-military

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is encouraging former soldiers to consider management roles within the construction industry.

In the run up to Armed Forces Day this Friday, it will be using social media and the hashtag #SaluteOurForces to promote the opportunities the sector offers to ex-military personnel.

The CIOB says around 17,000 managers will be needed in the next four years as the construction sector grows.

Deputy chief executive Bridget Bartlett said: “Men and women who have served in the military often possess excellent leadership, team working, project management and problem solving skills, all of which are highly sought after in the construction industry. There are plenty of opportunities for those leaving the armed forces to begin a new career in construction and that is not limited to trade skills but also at the management level.

“A large number of CIOB members are either serving in or have had a background in the military. What is encouraging is to see employers within the industry readily engaging with the armed forces community and we are keen to work with them and the military to increase the accessibility of construction management careers.”

Already some military qualifications such as the HNC in Military Clerk of Works or Design Draftsman Class 1 are recognised by the CIOB. The move has support from the industry. Persimmon Homes is aiming to recruit 500 ex-military personnel and research by Morgan Sindall suggests that one in ten of its employees either have direct or family connections to the military.

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