Colchester Institute sign Armed Forces Covenant


Colchester Institute sign Armed Forces Covenant and cement partnership with Building Heroes

Today Colchester Institute proudly demonstrated its commitment to the military community by celebrating a new partnership with Building Heroes and signing the Armed Forces Covenant at its Sheepen Road campus.

Lieutenant Colonel Ciaran Griffin OBE, Commander of Colchester Garrison co-signed the Covenant alongside Alison Andreas, Principal and Chief Executive of Colchester Institute. The college currently employs four reservists and numerous veterans alongside its work with Building Heroes, a charity, set up in 2013, for the sole purpose of training military veterans in construction trades. The idea for Building Heroes was sparked by the lack of training for mature learners in the military. 

The new collaboration, which as a result has produced the Foundation Property Management course, will provide skills training to Military Veterans and support their progression into employment and further education in the building trades. The aim behind the programme is to prevent unemployment amongst those who have been in service for our country and provide them with the skills and knowledge to transition into a new career in construction.

Colchester Institute staff will be delivering the skills training at their Sheepen Road campus, which offers excellent modern facilities. The first cohort, which includes eight former service men and women, have already enrolled and graduated from their course. The course gives learners a taster of different trades and helps them to establish a career pathway before they finish.

Colchester Institute is based in one of the UK’s key Garrison towns. By offering the Foundation Property Maintenance course in this area, veterans can easily access the training. It also continues to strengthen the College’s links with the Army Garrison.

Angela Heaney, Account Manager at CI Business Solutions commented:

“We are delighted to work with Building Heroes and to continue strengthening the College’s links with our Armed Forces. With Colchester being such a long-standing Garrison town, we hope that by offering the Foundation Property Maintenance course in this area that local veterans will be able to easily access this training opportunity.”

Those who are looking to enrol in the ‘Building Heroes’ course should visit

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