Earlier this year, we partnered with the Building Heroes Charity to offer construction skills courses for Military Veterans. Working with college staff, the Building Heroes team launched a foundation course in property maintenance to give veterans an opportunity to train for a new career.
Senior Recruitment, Welfare and Progression Officer for Building Heroes Karen Butcher said: “We work with supporting agencies to reach veterans who are unemployed, and look to get them reskilled and back into the workplace. As a charity, we look to work with national employers who see the benefits that someone of the military can bring. These candidates work hard, turn up on time and bring a wealth of experience with them.”
To celebrate the completion of the course, participating veterans were invited to a graduation ceremony held at the College. The ceremony was presided over by Leo Docherty MP who had initially introduced Building Heroes to the College, Chief Executive of Building Heroes Brendan Williams, and Head of Aldershot Campus Graham Hyatt.
Chief Executive of Building Heroes Brendan Williams said: “We are delighted to add Farnborough College of Technology to our College Partner Network and are excited with the possibilities of working within the Aldershot area. This collaboration will enable us to offer our services into the large service community in the area, creating positive opportunities for the entire military family”.
Principal Virginia Barrett commented: “We are extremely impressed by the hard work and determination demonstrated by our first cohort of veterans completing the course. Our partnership with Building Heroes will continue to provide opportunities to those in the local area and we are looking forward to welcoming our next group of veterans.”
Veteran W02 Durrands RAPTC, who graduated at the ceremony this February, commented: “My own transition from the military has been difficult and problematic, which isn’t unsual. However, this course has given me a renewed sense of purpose.”
For those interested in finding out more about the Building Heroes Charity, please visit www.buildingheroes.org.uk. To find out more about construction courses at Aldershot College, please visit www.farn-ct.ac.uk/construction.