Walking With The Wounded: Hub partner helps to turn around life of ex-serviceman

NWCH Framework Partner, Kier continued their partnership with the North West branch of Walking With The Wounded by helping ex serviceman, Keith to turn his life around and gain employment  as their Gateman at NWCH project, Heron House in Manchester City Centre.

Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.

They recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and want to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. They offer assistance through their programmes to vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in sustaining their independence through new sustainable careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.

The outcome? Sustainable employment, and independence for them and their families.

Kier have supported Walking With The Wounded in the North West for a couple of years now and Keith is the latest success story in their collaboration.

Gary Lamb of WWTW said; “Keith was homeless and unemployed before he received support from WWTW’s North West team. Our hub was able to provide him with temporary accommodation in the training house, which gave Keith some much needed time and stability. After just 8 weeks, Keith had secured his own private accommodation. Later, Keith returned to WWTW for employment support and the team assisted him with an application for a CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) card. Since then, Keith has successfully secured a full-time role with Kier Group. 

Keith excelled in gaining employment, even when he thought he was going to be left on the shelf. He’s a fantastic example that you don’t have to be twenty-one to land a job in the construction industry. Many thanks to Kier for supporting him.

In addition to managing all deliveries and visitors to the site, he also arranges, organises and manages all site logistics. 

It’s with thanks to companies like Kier’s generosity that we’re able to support ex-servicemen and women like Keith with their career transition from the military.”

Jon Rowe-Gidley, Senior Site Manager at Kier said; Keith has been working for us for around 2 months. We employed him directly as part of our relationship and commitment to WWTW. He has demonstrated a great passion, enthusiasm and dedication to the work he is doing for us. He is a fundamental member of the team and is a pleasure to work with.

The North West Construction Hub is made up of partners including Manchester City Council.


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