The seventh cohort of military veterans has graduated from our groundbreaking property maintenance course.

The veterans have gained practical skills in bricklaying, plastering, wall tiling, decorating, joinery and plumbing during their five week intensive course with Reaseheath Construction. The graduates are awarded a Level 1 Diploma in Multi Skills, a recognised Cskills qualification which allows them to apply for their CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card, required to work in the building industry.

The training is delivered in partnership with armed forces training charity Building Heroes. We are one of just two colleges to offer this course and have trained 67 veterans to date. The eighth cohort has already started.

Ninety per cent of graduates go straight into employment or into further education to increase their knowledge and skills. Some will join expanding property maintenance service Heroes 4 Hire-Handymen and are supplied with a liveried van and tools, enabling them to deliver a service directly to homeowners.

Describing the scheme as ‘very successful’, Brendan Williams, Chief Executive of Building Heroes, confirmed that the charity will continue to fund the training and continues to move towards its target of  having 2,000 veterans trained and in skilled employment in the construction and related industries.

There was high demand for skilled professionals within the industry and the charity was continuing to create partnerships with large and small employers to help fill these vacancies.

The seventh cohort graduates received their certificates from Major Alan Pibworth of the Royal Logistics Corps, based in Telford.

They were: William Hinchcliffe, Edward Cuss, Martin Evans, James Greenwood,  Alan Webb, John Wagstaffe and Carl Rustage.

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