Posted: 25.06.20 at 14:32 by Vistry Group
An ex-Royal Engineer enjoying a successful new career in construction currently based in Barnack is encouraging others with a military background to consider joining the industry.
As the UK celebrates Armed Forces Week (22 to 28 June), employees with Vistry Group East Midlands have shared their experiences of making the transition from military life to working for one of the country’s leading housebuilders.
Vistry Group - whose housebuilding arm comprises Linden Homes and Bovis Homes - employs around 100 former service men and women across the country.
The company recently signed the BuildForce Veteran Alliance Charter, strengthening its support for ex-military personnel looking to transfer their skills and experience into the construction sector.
Several of Vistry’s ex-forces employees work for the company’s East Midlands division, based in Peterborough, including 40-year-old assistant site manager Kieron Pittore.
Kieron, who was previously a Royal Engineer at RAF Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, currently works at Linden Homes’ Kingsley Place development in Barnack, near Stamford.
Kieron said: “For those who leave the military, it can be challenging to hold down a solid job, as it’s often difficult to adjust from an adventurous and active working style to a new role.
“But there are huge similarities between the armed forces and the construction industry, one of which is just how much your day-to-day job can vary.
"I’ve found the vast variety of tasks I have to complete throughout my working day really helps to keep me engaged just like in my previous job.
“With every day working on site, I learn something new.
"My past work has helped me to pick up carpentry and plumbing knowledge, which I’m sometimes able to apply during my work on site too.
“I view my working day at Kingsley Place as a team effort from my time in the army, and I’m not going anywhere without my team. We all work very hard to provide homes of the highest standard.
“This industry really benefits from military personnel - they have great discipline and high standards - and I really think there’s a job for everyone.”
More information about careers with Vistry East Midlands is available here