Ex-service personnel bring new hopes to
A new business has been set up called:- 'Heroes4hire-Handymen,'
that provides fully funded training and a future within new careers for the
UK's ex-servicemen and women.
At the start of June 2017, a cohort of 11 ex-servicemen who have just completed
6 weeks of rigorous and intense training to carry out every aspect of property
maintenance and are now employed.
Since the graduating from Reaseheath College, in Nantwich, on 23 May 2017, the
11 veterans, will now be operating throughout:- Warrington, Merseyside and
Each veteran was presented with the keys to their fully equipped and branded
vans by founder and CEO of Heroes4Hire-Handymen, Nigel Blanchard, a Winsford
based former RAF Aerospace Systems Operator, at a special presentation event the
following day, at Northgate Vehicle Hire, Runcorn.
This is the 2nd cohort to be trained and operational in the North West; the 1st
cohort graduated at the end of March 2017 and are currently employed within the
Greater Manchester area.
Heroes4Hire-Handymen was launched by Nigel Blanchard, and involves the training
of former soldiers, sailors, airmen (and women) with a full complement of
property maintenance skills and then setting them up with a full employment
career, complete with a smart uniform, mobile phone and fully equipped, branded
In teams of up to 12 at a time, they undergo a 32 day, residential course at
Reaseheath College, Nantwich, and Nigel is planning on having a team of new
recruits 'graduate' every 6 weeks, as part of an agreed 4 year
National Roll Out plan.
His aim is to create an army of fully qualified handymen and women sourced
entirely from ex-armed forces personnel.
Nigel, 53, explained:- "Just over 2 years ago I identified an opportunity
to supply handyman and maintenance services on a more formal and professional
basis. 2 years of hard work later and Heroes4Hire-Handymen was born. It draws on
and allows the public to access the discipline, teamwork, dependability and
integrity of individuals who served their country and offers each veteran the
opportunity to develop their own skills and business acumen."
All the training for each veteran is fully funded by Nigel's company, based in
Birchwood, Warrington, which also provides full employment along with salary,
pension, NI contri, butions, tools and fully equipped vans.
He has already negotiated and agreed commercial terms for maintenance contracts
with Countrywide Group, the UK's largest chain of estate agents and is in
negotiations with several other national firms' property companies.
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