Forces scheme has former Royal Engineer at Cambridgeshire site

June 19, 2017 / Keith Osborne
Forces scheme has former Royal Engineer at Cambridgeshire site

Former soldier Anthony Goodwin is enjoying his role at the Romans’ Edge in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, as part of the Armed Forces Acceleration Programme from David Wilson Homes (DWH).

The Suffolk-based trainee assistant site manager served as troop sergeant in the Royal Engineers before taking up his new job, part of a programme run but the national housebuilder to assist former ex-members of the services into new employment through an Armed Forces Covenant.

Anthony has always been interested in building and actually completed an NVQ Level 3 in bricklaying while he was serving in the army. He is now studying for an NVQ Level 4 in construction site supervision with the programme.

The early focus of his responsibilities at this site are managing material, and supervising and updating walkways and noticeboards at the development for the safe and efficient use of his on-site colleagues. He also updates the senior site manager on the progress of plots on the scheme, as well as managing waste, and supervising labourers.

He says: “I chose to work for David Wilson Homes because they offered the ex-forces training scheme and I wanted to start at the bottom and learn from one of the UK’s leading builders. They encourage career progression in a number of areas, provide staff with the support they require and there are opportunities to take alternative paths.

“My team have a wealth of knowledge and experience between them and they are willing to pass this on to help me develop and further my career. My favourite part so far about my new role is seeing the site progress from one week to the next and seeing all of our hard work coming together to make a quality built home.”

DWH’s acceleration programme for ex-forces personnel is accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and takes a year to complete using a combination of classroom-based training and on-the-job experience, with the aim of trainees being appointed as fully qualified assistant site managers within those 12 months.

John Dillon, managing director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, says: “We are delighted to announce that we have recently accepted Anthony onto our Armed Forces Acceleration Programme and wish him all the best for the future. The programme is extremely important in giving career opportunities to former armed forces personnel and the skills they hold provide a great foundation to help them become exceptional site managers.

“The work of an assistant site manager is fast-paced and well-suited to armed forces personnel looking for a new challenge and a career in construction, and we are delighted that this is becoming a well-known programme in the industry.”

Find out more about the Armed Forces Acceleration Programme and similar DWH training opportunities at

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