Helping Army heroes to become builders
Helping Army heroes to become builders

Helping army heroes to become builders

Kent Blaxill is assisting army veterans on the Building Heroes course to join the building and decorating trades.

A first cohort of army veterans has completed a Buiolding Heroes training course at Colchester Insitute, with Kent Blaxill as a major sponsor.

Set up as a charity, the course provides the veterans with a taster course on property maintenance covering a number of different building industry trades - enabling them to find out what trade they would prefer to take-up, either with a company or in self-employment.

The first eight veterans at Colchester Institute, who all completed the course, now have a Level 1 Health & Safety in the Construction Environment and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, which is essential for working in the construction industry.

Nick Scully, KB operations director, said: "This was and opportunity to support a fantastic charity which is both helping ex-servicemen to find a new career while also helping to solve the national shortage of skilled tradesmen.
We provided veterans who completed the course with a KB bag for their first job - countaining a hard hat, gloves, eye and ear protectors and a Hi-Viz jacket. We also provided them with a voucher for £300, enabling them to buy equipment from us at staff prices."

Brendan Williams, Building Heroes chief executive, founded the charity in Sussex in 2013. The Colchester Institute course was led by tutor Michael Bloom and supported by Steven Hallgarth.

Kent Blaxill also sponsors the Decorating Skills Centre at Colchester Institute.

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