A FORMER para and ex infantryman are starting a new role at Barratt David Wilson Homes in Somerset.

Harry Taylor, 25, has started his role as a trainee assistant site manager at the Nerrols Grange development in Taunton.

Having spent five years in the British Army’s Parachute Regiment, serving all around the world, Harry has recently moved to North Petherton in Somerset and says he’s excited to take up his first civilian job.

“I was looking for apprenticeships as I was keen to retrain and get a new set of skills,” he said.

“This programme offers me really tangible qualifications and training after just one year.

“The recruitment process was competitive, but supportive. Like in the armed forces people are very driven, hard-working and committed to doing the best job they can.”

Also starting as a trainee assistant site manager in Somerset is Peter Sprinks, also a former military man, who will be working at Moorland Gate in Bishops Lydeard.

The 42-year-old has spent his career to date in the military and security sector. He also served in Afghanistan with The Rifles.

"I've always enjoyed building and have carried out lots of projects of my own over the years," he said.

"When I decided to leave the army I was looking for something practical that would also make use of the organisational and people skills I built up through my military service.

"So far, I've been reviewing and checking the completed new homes at Moorland Gate, ready to hand them over.

"It's been fantastic to be involved in creating something and then to see the happy customers as they are handed their keys."

They are joined by Pamela Joseph, a military police reservist, who is beginning her training in Gloucestershire.

Harlan Bevis, construction director for Barratt David Wilson Homes South West, added: “We are delighted to welcome Harry and Peter to the Barratt David Wilson team and to our fast-growing new developments.

"We know that those who have worked in the armed forces bring great skills which are invaluable in building homes and communities.”

For more information about the career programmes for ex armed forces, visit barrattcareers.co.uk/armed-forces.