A cohort of army personnel have become the first to complete a new course with Wiltshire College & University Centre, preparing them for a career in construction after leaving the forces.
Eight learners undertook the intensive five-week Property Maintenance diploma incorporating Construction Skills at the Trowbridge campus, which is open to veterans and those in resettlement.
The course was set up by Building Heroes, a charity which supports those in the military to learn the skills needed to start a career in construction.
To mark the end of the first course with the College, an awards ceremony was held in the Arc Theatre.
Brendan Williams, Chief Executive for Building Heroes, said: “I was delighted to be here and celebrate this first cohort of men and women to complete the course and I want to thank everyone at the College for getting it up and running.
“Wiltshire College & University Centre is the fourth college we are working with and over this year we will train more than 300 people.
“We, as an organisation are growing because the need for training is growing, and I love the College’s enthusiasm to develop this project further.”
Throughout the five weeks, the army personnel learned a variety of skills in the construction trades such as brickwork, painting and decorating, carpentry, plumbing and health and safety within the industry.
Construction lecturer Mike Simpkins said: “In my 42 years of teaching, this was one of the best groups I’ve ever had the pleasure of teaching.
“There were enthusiastic, hungry for information and to learn new skills.
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with them and I wish them all the best in the future.”
For more information on the course and to apply visit http://www.buildingheroes.org.uk/.