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The construction industry needs YOU, CIOB tells military leavers

The construction industry needs YOU, CIOB tells military leavers

25 June 2015 Email this article

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has identified ex-service personnel as a group that could become the next generation of construction managers.

Military qualifications such as an HNC in Military Clerk of Works or Design Draftsman Class 1 are already recognised by the CIOB for its membership programmes. To highlight the opportunities available in construction, the CIOB is running a social media campaign using the hashtag #SaluteOurForces to encourage more service leavers to consider a career in construction.

CIOB 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.”