BuildForce Armed Forces insight day hosted by Bovis Homes

Date: Thursday 24 October 2019 from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Bovis Homes Training Centre, 550 Oracle Parkway, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1PT, RG6 1PT


The Insight Day will focus on local and nationwide construction and the built environment pipeline opportunities and a chance to talk to key employers from the BuildForce Alliance, including 21 Construction, Aecom, Amey, Arcadis, Balfour Beatty M4, Bovis Homes, Building Heroes, Clancy Group, Crest Nicholson, Eiffage Kier, Faithful & Gould, GallifordTry, HE Simm, Herclues Construction, Highways England, Jacobs, Kier, Mace, Morgan Sindall, Skanska, University College of Estate Management, VGC, Wates and Wilson James.

This is a great opportunity to discuss skills required, training and find out more about what the industry has to offer; roles such as Project Managers, Designers, Logisticians, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Health and Safety, QA, Tradesmen, Civil Engineering and supporting roles.

A job in construction isn’t just about being on the tools, it is accessible to all ranks and skill sets, and offers real potential for career progression.

As well as providing an insight into career pathways in the construction industry, we will run workshops to provide industry advice on CV’s, interview preparation and using Social Media effectively e.g. LinkedIn profiles.

Agenda for the day:

  • 1030 - 1100: Registration & coffee
  • 1100 - 1200: Introduction to BuildForce, the industry and two of our ex-military recruits1200 -
  • 1500: Meet the employers, social media, CV and interview workshops



Bovis Homes is one of the UK’s leading homebuilders, carrying out and managing the full range of housing development activities, from the purchasing of the land through to the building of the homes and the after-care service for our customers. Operating from a number of regional offices with developments across England. They have circa 1,100 staff nationwide, with expertise across a wide range of professions, ensuring the highest possible quality in every area of design, construction and customer service.

Bovis Homes is a proud supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant, committed to help ensure the nation’s Forces, past and present, are treated with respect and fairness. They employ more than 100 ex-military personnel in the company, in roles including site managers, technical staff and trainers. Bovis Homes are committed to creating a learning environment, developing knowledge, skills and behaviours to improve individual and organisational performance. With a variety of roles, both on-site and office based, they offer an array of opportunities for staff to develop, succeed and achieve their potential.

BuildForce is a collaborative industry-led programme, with an objective to reduce skills gaps in construction and the built environment whilst offering a second career to the military personnel. We connect the military community to construction careers through a UK-wide BuildForce Alliance of employers, industry bodies and charities, supported by Government and working in partnership with The Royal Foundation.​

BuildForce isn't a recruitment agency, we offer much more of a personal service; we connect the ex-military personnel to the construction sector via our Mentoring programme, offering 1-2-1 support and career advice, arranging work placements and identifying job opportunities. Since January 2017, we have connected with over 1000 Service Leavers and Veterans nationwide; inducted 496, placed 165 in jobs, 176 in work placements and 631 have benefited from our 1-2-1 mentoring programme.

Testimonials from Service Leavers from previous Armed Forces insight days:​

“My BuildForce experience has been a success and especially through the insight days. In my case with Faithful & Gould picking up on my CV and short conversations that ultimately led to interviews and a role. For me, this is just one of several indications of the construction industry being open to recognising potential in Ex-Service personnel and their skills.”

“This was my first BuildForce Industry Insight Event but well worth attending despite being well into my resettlement. For me the combination of supportive and well informed industry connections (not just HR/recruitment) all in one place supported by your knowledge of the candidate makes this a highly effective employment event. Thank you for your targeted advice on who to speak with and for ensuring suitably senior representation were in attendance and engaged, this cuts out weeks of networking and coffee’s and I found it really useful.”

“Thanks for today, what I found best was the one on one time. Everyone had good advice for me and also pointed out avenues for me to go down that I hadn’t thought of before.”​