As National Armed Forces Day approaches, a trio of former marines are sharing their experiences and spreading the word about the career opportunities available in the construction industry for ex-military personnel.
The ex-marines from the South West describe their experience in finding a civilian career as positive, encouraging others to consider construction.
Greig Mills, from Tiverton, completed the programme at the end of last year and is now working as an assistant site manager at Barratt Homes’ Hawthorn Rise development in Newton Abbott. He said: “There are some really good opportunities out there and forward-thinking companies like Barratt Homes really appreciate the skills that ex-military people have.
“There are a lot of attributes you develop in the forces that translate well to the construction industry, like strong leadership, and it’s a fun sector to be in. The buzz you get from seeing the finishing touches go on a house is rewarding and it’s great to do a job that has a physical aspect to it too.”
Ross Pearson, who specialised in heavy weapons in his role in the Marines, said: “I had some incredible opportunities in the Marines, getting to travel to countries all over the world and seeing places I’d never have had the chance to see otherwise. But after just over five years I decided I wanted a career that would give my life a bit more stability and the ability to go home at the end of the day. When Greig told me about his job with Barratt it sounded brilliant and I applied straight away.”
Former Marine Ross Carey is also on the scheme and working for Barratt Homes in Exeter He said: “I’d always had an interest in construction so I knew that was what I wanted to do when I left the Marines after 10 years. The trainee assistant site manager course is good for me because I want to learn more about the management side of the industry. I’m hoping to progress to become a site manager in the not-too-distant future.”
Paul Moran, managing director of Barratt Homes in Exeter, says the skills developed by members of the armed forces make them perfect for management roles in the thriving construction industry. “We find former armed service personnel have strong leadership and management skills, as well as an ability to think outside the box, work under pressure and maintain the very highest of standards. They’re all the attributes that make a top site or project manager,” he said.
“This isn’t just a short-term opportunity either. We really do see our site managers and project managers of the future on this programme and there will be plenty of opportunities for those who are passionate and ambitious to have a very successful career with Barratt.”
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