Building Heroes partners with Grays’ training academy, The Construction Skills Academy

Charity to train Veterans in new partnership with Academy. Claylens Brickwork Contractor joins Grays to broaden mix of trades available to Veterans

Building Heroes, the charity that provides construction skills training and support into employment for Military Veterans, today announced a partnership with The Constructions Skills Academy, the not for profit construction training centre founded by The Grays Group that delivers Traineeships and Apprenticeships in Interior finishings and dry lining.

At the same time Grays confirmed that Claylens the Brickworks Contractor has signed up to the Academy, meaning it can now also deliver broader construction trades training to Veterans, its Trainees and Apprentices.

Building Heroes delivers a five week foundation course for property maintenance. It touches on all areas of key trades along with an introduction to self-employment and a CSCS card. Grays’ Academy will now deliver both Traineeships and Apprenticeships to Veterans. The Traineeships are in General Building; the Apprenticeship in Dry Lining and Interior Systems.

Training will be delivered by the Academy and its Skills Funding Agency main contractor partners. It will also be broadening its services base through Claylens, the Brickwork contractor.

“This partnerships builds allows us to focus on what we’re good at; identifying groups of Veterans that need training and employment and delivering that help. The Academy’s stakeholders have much to offer and we are delighted to announce our partnership,” said Brendan Williams, founder and chief executive of Building Heroes. “This builds on our residential training partnership with Chichester College and continues to expand our reach by offering non-residential courses based in London at The Construction Skills Academy.”

“We believe that our broadening services base and our partnership with Claylens will provide compelling opportunities for Veterans. We also believe that bringing trainees, Apprentices and Veterans together will provide an interesting new learning framework for everyone,” said Grays CEO Marc Gray.

“We will work through the details of the partnership in the weeks and months ahead, but in the meantime it is a pleasure to work with such an amazing group of people.”

The Academy and Building Heroes expect to announce a number of commercial partners in the days ahead. The Construction Skills Academy already works with Siniat, Hilti, the Department for Work and Pensions and North Herts College. It was a Finalist in the Construction News Awards and was recently recognised by the Government’s Skills Minister.

Building Heroes was founded by Brendan Williams, works with Veterans from all over the UK and enjoys support from a number of organisations and individuals including Wates, Taylor Wimpey and Travis Perkins, amongst others.

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