Vistry Group encourage veterans to explore construction careers
Vistry Group is the parent company to Linden Homes and Bovis Homes and currently employs 100 former service men and women across the country, with several working for the East Midlands division.
Kieron Pittore was previously a Royal Engineer at RAF Waterbeach, and is currently working at Linden Homes' Kingsley Place development in Barnack. He 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.”
Rob Spittles is the production director for Vistry East Midlands, based at the regional office in Peterborough, and was employed by the RAF as a Combat Engineer (and promoted to Royal Engineer) before pursuing a career in construction aged 28.
He said: “I started out in the construction industry as an assistant site manager when I left the Royal Air Force, and I’ve worked my way up through the ranks since.
“The military taught me resilience, interpersonal skills, man management, communication skills, and how to keep a calm head in stressful situations. These skills have really helped me to achieve a successful career working for a very well-regarded builder.
“Since Linden Homes and Bovis Homes became part of Vistry Group earlier this year, it has presented an array of career opportunities in all different locations across the East Midlands. I would encourage those from a military background looking for a new career to consider this industry, as I believe it is an excellent path to take for those with a military skillset.”
For more information about careers with Vistry East Midlands, visit vistrygroup.co.uk.