With better direction, former service personnel can orientate themselves towards rewarding opportunities within the construction industry
Service leavers are invariably adaptable, practical and highly resilient with an inbuilt discipline and commitment to excellence that makes them a rich talent resource. The highly-valued attributes of teamwork, problem solving and leadership are instinctively part of our service personnel’s skill set, and also feature strongly within the complex and tech-led built environment sector – more on that later.
Our latest white paper highlighted the importance of early-stage planning data as that intelligence source. If we understand what physical assets are being planned and invested in across the UK – then we have time and a chance to create routes to high value and well rewarded career opportunities.
Interrogating this data further also provides patterns of investment, highlighting clustering of sectors within geographical areas, data that’s essential when we need the confidence to commit to transfer and potentially learn new skills to support current and emerging sectors. By unlocking and centralising our planning data into a single, open-source resource, we create an invaluable asset, forecasting skills demand that can extend five years and beyond into the future.
Back to my earlier reference to the built environment, it’s clear to me that this sector is a natural home to forge a career utilising many of the skills developed within the armed forces in an industry burgeoning with opportunity. I’m heartened to see there is certainly a growing consensus among built environment professionals of the strength of the former service personnel talent pool.
But to really capitalise on the skills and expertise of former service personnel, the built environment must get better at articulating what it means to work in our sector. Through recent placements offered to the British Army’s Corps of Royal Engineers students, we are finding ways to help change perceptions around the skill sets required in our industry from within the armed forces.
Words associated with military service, such as security, team, the chance to make a difference and ultimately, a sense of belonging can so easily be applied to the built environment. Making the connections and articulating that sense of purpose and legacy is a critical way our sector can resonate with former service personnel.
To learn more about the opportunities available at ISG and our armed forces commitments, click here.
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