Ex-armed forces

Join an industry where you can build on the skills you already have.

Why house building

The house building industry has always been a popular choice of second career for ex-armed forces personnel. It’s hardly surprising when you see the similarities in skills required. All building sites require discipline, teamwork and a range of other talents that ex-armed forces have as standard.

The training and development offered in our industry build on the same skills you’ll have picked up, no matter how long you served for. There are far more opportunities in the industry than people often realise. House building has changed in the last 20 years and that means we need a wider variety of skills than ever before. You could be helping us survey land, plan a neighbourhood, run a site or fit a bathroom. Whatever it is, you’ll get paid to learn a trade and start a job that will always be needed.

It’s a fantastic time to join the industry. The sector is growing and you could be part of solving a much-discussed national issue: where will the next generation live? It’s rewarding work, it’s well paid and you will have control over your career. The variety of jobs and routes in can be confusing, this site has all the information you need to take the next step. 

Retraining opportunities

To find out more about different employment opportunities and retraining schemes, click on links below.

Home Builders offering transitional programmes:

You could also visit:

  • Building Heroes which provides skills training to Military Veterans and support into employment in the building trades.  
  • BuildForce which is an alliance of construction employers, industry bodies and service charities supported by Government which connects service leavers and Veterans with job opportunities in construction and gives construction employers access to a unique pool of Armed forces talent.
  • Careers Transition Partnership  (CTP). The CTP provides resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service. They also operate as an intermediary service for employers wishing to hire Service leavers. 

Key job roles

Below are a few (of many) house building jobs which we are looking to recruit in the home building industry. Click on each one to find out more.

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Bricklayer

Bricklayer

Bricklayers are responsible for setting out buildings by laying bricks, and pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar in accordance with approved house building plans. They build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative work such as archways. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects and repair foundations. Bricklayers work outdoors and may have to work at heights or in tunnels and shafts. They usually work in teams. You can work on a range of projects, from creating a single conservatory to building brand new homes.
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Carpenter

Carpenter

Carpenters build and install the timber structural elements of a new home and the wooden interior fittings. They also install and remove temporary works used during the construction process.
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Dry liner

Dry liner

A dry liner creates the walls and rooms in a building using stud partitioning and plasterboard sheets. They also hide pipes and wires, create space for insulation and install partitions, suspended ceilings and raised flooring. This role can be combined with traditional plastering or other types of dry lining work and would suit someone who enjoys physical work, lifting and moving panels into place. Dry liners often use work platforms for fitting a ceiling.
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Engineer

Engineer

Key repsonsibilities include in-depth knowledge of the technical engineering function within a housing development. Understanding the structural and mechanical aspects of the development prior to site start and through the development's life cycle. Produce engineering drawings to the respective tradesman that detail the engineering elements of a house and the external infrastructure.
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Groundworker

Groundworker

Groundworkers and plant operators prepare a site prior to and during the building process. They ensure that the infrastructure to a building site is completed. Groundworkers ensure that every plot and dwelling on a development has adequate foundations, drainage, water and electrical connections. The team will also work on driveways, paths, roads and public open spaces on a development.
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Site Manager

Site Manager

Site managers run a new home building development. They are responsible for the houses being built safely, on time, on budget and to the highest quality. Site Managers prepare sites prior to the start of construction, plan their project build schedule, organise their specifications, budgets and general structure of the site.
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Plasterer

Plasterer

The plasterer makes walls and ceilings smooth and ready for decorating. They are skilled in applying different kinds of plaster to inside walls and ceilings to create outstanding finishes.
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Plumber

Plumber

Plumbers are predominantly responsible for the heating and water connections to a new house during its construction.
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Quantity Surveyor

Quantity Surveyor

A quantity surveyor works out exactly how much a house costs to construct and keeps a close eye on finances - from the first budget to the final bill. A Quantity Surveyor’s, job is very varied, from working in the office and regularly visiting sites to conduct material and sub-contractor control reports. This career suits people who are very good with figures and enjoy the challenge of "balancing the books" – managing the important financial paperwork throughout complex processes associated with building houses.
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Roofer

Roofer

Roofers ensure that a house is water tight and work at all heights and in all weather conditions. There are various roles within roofing, including sheeting and cladding and slater/tilers. Roofing operatives work on the protective layers of a home, which separate the inside from the elements using a range of materials, methods and structures.
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Sales Advisor

Sales Advisor

From customer-facing negotiations to the completion of administration work, sales advisors are responsible for the on-site property sales process. Sales advisors are responsible for delivering exceptional customer service and should maintain a strong level of enthusiasm, drive and determination. Sales advisors need a good understanding of the legal obligations and processes of selling a home.
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Tiler

Tiler

Tilers cover walls or floors with tiles, in areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
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Job locations

To find out opportunities available in your region, click a region below and then click one of the home builder logos below to be taken to their career websites.

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Job locations

To find out opportunities available in your region, click a region to the leftabove and then click one of the home builder logos below to be taken to their career websites.

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