Working with Stockport-based Project RECCE, Fortem has announced it will be offering a two-week online housebuilding and property maintenance course from September.
The partnership says the course will give veterans from across the UK an opportunity to “make the first step” to embarking on a new career.
Formed in 2018, Project RECCE, funded by The Royal Foundation, The Armed Forces Covenant Trust, and the CITB, have developed a pathway for veterans, regardless of their previous experience, to acquire suitable skills in preparation for a career in the construction industry.
Project RECCE has developed the “bespoke course” to suit those wishing to enter a career in housebuilding and property maintenance.
The course will incorporate H&S training – including CSCS card, employability skills, and an insight into a career in housebuilding and property maintenance.
Following the course, attendees can engage in the Project RECCE mentoring programme and will have access to current employment and work trial opportunities.
“A great match”
Mick Williamson, managing director at Fortem, said: “Investing in creating employment opportunities is one of the most rewarding aspects of the work we do here at Fortem.
“We have developed more than 300 apprentices to become skilled, competent trades people and ambassadors for Fortem.
“This new scheme in partnership with Project RECCE will enable Fortem to offer our skills and expertise to veterans who we hope will then go on to enjoy a second career in the construction industry.”
Laurence Moore, Operations director at Project RECCE, said: “Former military personnel are trained to work in team environments, comfortable working outside, reliable, and know how to solve complex problems.
“Those skills make veterans a great match for construction, especially as the industry continues to deal with a qualified worker shortage.
“But it’s not about just filling open positions for many construction firms. In addition to meeting the need to find qualified candidates to hire, such schemes fulfill a broader obligation to offer high-paying construction career opportunities to the brave men and women who risked their lives to protect our freedom.”
The course will run from 14-25 September 2020 and is fully funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust, COVID-19 Impact Fund.
Main image: Laurence Moore from Project RECCE (left) with Fortem’s service delivery lead, Kevin Watson
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