WellesleyWellesley Hampshire

The Wellesley development in Aldershot has supported military personnel who are leaving the Forces as part of their resettlement training.

On Tuesday 12th July, developers at Wellesley arranged for fourteen Service Personnel who are leaving the Armed Forces to visit a construction site as part of their NEBOSH Construction Certificate course. The Military personnel are currently undergoing their resettlement training with the Career Transition Partnership, the MOD’s official provider of Armed Forces Resettlement which, as part of the support available to Service leavers, delivers vocational training from its Resettlement Training Centre based in Thornhill Barracks, Aldershot.

The event was organised by Grainger plc, the development managers of the Wellesley project, and delivered by Bellway, the housing developer constructing the first phase of new homes. The session saw the group given a tour by Bellway site manager Craig Goswell. It gave the group an understanding of the real hazards that can be found on a large construction site and also supported them in completing their National Construction Certificate qualification.
Staff Sergeant Gav Broughton, who took part in the tour, said: “As a 22 year serving member of the British Army I have never visited a building site, let alone had a guided tour from our superb host Craig. We were allowed full accompanied access of the site, enabling us to complete our NCC2 report in construction health and safety management. It certainly added the realism needed to understand the hazards and risks involved in construction, and a superb insight into a future career I will hopefully venture into.”

James Taylor, another Service leaver who took part in the site tour, said: “The site visit which was organised on the construction project in Aldershot was an excellent addition to the course. The site manager who took us around did a fantastic job and helped to put a lot of the theory we have covered during the course into perspective. I have worked on a lot of smaller residential building sites and it was interesting to see how the large sites operate.”

Alan Chitson, Development Manager at Grainger plc, said: “We are really pleased to be able to work with the Career Transition Partnership and support our strong relationship with the armed forces. By encouraging these pupils to visit a fully operational construction site it allowed them to use their knowledge attained to complete their mandated report which is a crucial part of the course work.”