BuildForce Success Stories

Hear about the difference a work placement can make to your career. Our BuildForce team works hard to ensure that Service leavers registered to the programme are allocated to work attachments which suit them in terms of skills, location and interests. 

Work attachments are a fantastic way for you to find out first-hand what it is like to work in construction, meet those working in the industry and learn what a typical day for them would be like.

 Steve H.

Stephen H. came to BuildForce with a detailed management of risk and its implementation in the workplace gained through 30 years of military service. The BuildForce team arranged for a work placement with Kier as in the role of SHE Adviser. Read his full interview here.

I am currently working at a site in Enfield 2/3 days a week at the site SHE Adviser/Manager, this site is a high risk timber frame build consisting of 180 units. A very busy and interesting job! I also attend training days learning new skills and gaining Kier qualifications.

Richard C.

Richard, a Service leaver with 36 years experience in the Armed Forces took part in our Industry Awareness Event at Northolt in May 2014.  He signed up to take part in a work placement and the BuildForce team arranged for him to spend two weeks working in the Planning/Delivery department at Lend Lease. Read his full interview here.

"Whatever the outcome it has been hugely beneficial in aiding my mental and emotional transition out of the Services; I am better prepared for the commercial environment beyond the Armed Forces."


We met Ian at the BuildForce Industry Awareness Event at Northolt, and recommended he take part in a work experience placement with the HR department at Lend Lease.  After 30 years working in HR Management for the Armed Forces, he has acquired many transferable skills which would assist him in a career in the built environment. Read our full interview with Ian.

“There are many different opportunities in the Construction trade either out on-site, or in the Head Office, that you would not normally think about without being in the trade. Even not being from a construction or engineering background, I have managed to settle in and integrate with the HR team with the minimum of fuss.”


David attended the BuildForce Industry Awareness Event in Northolt and after signing up to take part in a work placement, he was assigned to the Lend Lease Kingsgate site in Victoria where he learned about working as a Project Manager in construction. Read the full interview here.

"I was made to feel very welcome and was constantly invited to go on site walks with different people in the site office, which I feel has helped to give me a broader and better view of Lend Lease in general."