Lewis Cunningham Barratt Homes

Housebuilder creates opportunities for ex-forces

As National Armed Forces Day approaches (June 29),  housebuilder Barratt Homes is opening up new opportunities for ex-forces staff in Hampshire and Dorset.

The company has a space available on its ex-forces recruitment scheme, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this year. The trainee assistant site manager programme for the Armed Forces community scheme takes ex forces personnel and trains them to become assistant site managers over the course of a year.

Barratt Homes says it’s looking for talented ex-military personnel to train up this year. Among those who have benefitted from the scheme already is Waterlooville resident, Lewis Cunningham.

Lewis, 32, has lived in Portsmouth all his life and signed up for the Army at 18. He said: “My role in the Army involved a lot of travel. Being a tank crewman it meant I was constantly being posted abroad and, when I wasn’t overseas, I’d often be away training.

“When my eldest son was born I missed the first few months of his life and that was really difficult as a dad. When my second was due I realised I wanted a career that would give me more time with my family and decided to leave the Army when the opportunity arose.”

Lewis, who is currently working at one of the housebuilder’s developments in Romsey, King’s Chase, said: “I never thought construction was something I could get into at my age. I figured no-one would look twice at my application if I didn’t have some sort of construction qualification or at least on-site experience.

“Barratt was brilliant. They focus much more on the qualities you have and your potential rather than what qualifications you have already. I think there are lots of qualities you develop in the forces that translate well to site management and housebuilding. You have discipline, teamwork, leadership.”

Lewis will be sharing his experiences with Barratt Homes at a special event for current and ex-military personnel in Southampton on Thursday (June 27). The Pathfinder International Armed Forces & Veterans Resettlement Expo, at St Mary’s Stadium, will showcase the career and training opportunities for service leavers, whilst also offering advice and opportunities for veterans.

Find out more about the event.