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

A few (of many) jobs which we are looking to recruit in the home building industry.

Bricklayer

Bricklayers are responsible for setting out buildings by laying bricks, and pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mo...
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Carpenter

Carpenters build and install the timber structural elements of a new home and the wooden interior fittings. They also install and remove temporary ...
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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...
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Engineer

Key repsonsibilities include in-depth knowledge of the technical engineering function within a housing development. Understanding the structural a...
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Groundworker

Groundworkers and plant operators prepare a site prior to and during the building process. They ensure that the infrastructure to a building site i...
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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 qu...
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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...
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Plumber

Plumbers are predominantly responsible for the heating and water connections to a new house during its construction.
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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 bi...
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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...
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Sales Advisor

From customer-facing negotiations to the completion of administration work, sales advisors are responsible for the on-site property sales process. ...
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Tiler

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

Bricklayers are responsible for setting out buildings by laying bricks, and pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mo...
Find out more

Carpenter

Carpenters build and install the timber structural elements of a new home and the wooden interior fittings. They also install and remove temporary ...
Find out more

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...
Find out more

Engineer

Key repsonsibilities include in-depth knowledge of the technical engineering function within a housing development. Understanding the structural a...
Find out more

Groundworker

Groundworkers and plant operators prepare a site prior to and during the building process. They ensure that the infrastructure to a building site i...
Find out more

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 qu...
Find out more

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...
Find out more

Plumber

Plumbers are predominantly responsible for the heating and water connections to a new house during its construction.
Find out more

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 bi...
Find out more

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...
Find out more

Sales Advisor

From customer-facing negotiations to the completion of administration work, sales advisors are responsible for the on-site property sales process. ...
Find out more

Tiler

Tilers cover walls or floors with tiles, in areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Find out more

Bricklayer

Bricklayers are responsible for setting out buildings by laying bricks, and pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mo...
Find out more

Carpenter

Carpenters build and install the timber structural elements of a new home and the wooden interior fittings. They also install and remove temporary ...
Find out more

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...
Find out more

Engineer

Key repsonsibilities include in-depth knowledge of the technical engineering function within a housing development. Understanding the structural a...
Find out more

Groundworker

Groundworkers and plant operators prepare a site prior to and during the building process. They ensure that the infrastructure to a building site i...
Find out more

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 qu...
Find out more

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...
Find out more

Plumber

Plumbers are predominantly responsible for the heating and water connections to a new house during its construction.
Find out more

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 bi...
Find out more

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...
Find out more

Sales Advisor

From customer-facing negotiations to the completion of administration work, sales advisors are responsible for the on-site property sales process. ...
Find out more

Tiler

Tilers cover walls or floors with tiles, in areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Find out more

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