Min­is­ter in Forces call

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HOUS­ING min­is­ter Bran­don Lewis vis­ited RAF Northolt to is­sue a call to arms to for­mer ser­vice­men and women to con­sider a new ca­reer in con­struc­tion.

The Tory MP ar­gued that men and women who have served in the Armed Forces are equipped with the skills in con­struc­tion, civil en­gi­neer­ing and the built en­vi­ron­ment sec­tor that the in­dus­try needs.

He said: “The brave men and women in uni­form who have served their coun­try in our Armed Forces should be at the front of the queue for skilled con­struc­tion ca­reers when they re­turn to Civvy Street.”

House­build­ing lev­els are now more than dou­ble those seen in 2009 but the con­struc­tion sec­tor needs 200,000 re­cruits in the next five years, Mr Lewis said.

He was speak­ing at a BuildForce re­cruit­ment event at RAF Notholt on June 30.

Steve Radley, di­rec­tor of pol­icy at the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Train­ing Board (CITB), said: “BuildForce helps ex-ser­vice­men and women take the skills they’ve learned in the forces into con­struc­tion, where they can build the hun­dreds of thou­sands of new homes Bri­tain needs.”

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