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Former Solider to Help Deliver BJF Group’s MOD Facilities Project

Former Solider to Help Deliver BJF Group’s MOD Facilities Project
09 November 2020

A former soldier of the British Army, who now works for BJF Group as an electrician, is to work on a facilities management contract at Ministry of Defence sites.

Darren Wilks, an Army veteran of 23 years, assisted in the planning and delivery of the air security plan for the 2012 London Olympic games as part of his military career, before joining BJF Group

The multi-million-pound contract that Wilks will work on incorporates FM for a number of Ministry of Defence sites across Kent and Sussex.

BJF Group undertakes  all hard facilities management services including mechanical, electrical and building fabric works.


“BJF have aided my transition out of the Army by identifying that the skills and experience I acquired could be transferred to the contract within the MoD setting which I worked in for more than two decades."

–Darren Wilks

Electrician, BJF Group 


A New Career Move


Wilks said: Earlier this year I attended a military open industry day focused on construction, organised by a charity called Buildforce. I had done my time in the army and was looking for my next career move to allow me to utilise my skills outside of the armed forces.

“I spoke to someone from a main contractor about their contract with the Ministry of Defence and they put me in touch with BJF Group.

“I had my first interview since the age of 16 and was offered the opportunity to join BJF Group for an initial work placement. In September I was thrilled to receive a permanent employment offer and happily accepted.”


Darren Wilks

Picture: a photograph of a Darren Wilks during his military career


Ex-Military Personnel in FM


Wilks also spoke about his transition from military to civilian life: “BJF have aided my transition out of the Army by identifying that the skills and experience I acquired could be transferred to the contract within the MoD setting which I worked in for more than two decades. 

“In the short time I’ve been here I’ve expanded my electrical abilities further, learning from the vast technical knowledge of my team.”

Working in the facilities management sector is a widely suggested career path for ex-Service personnel like Darren Wilks.

The Career Transition Partnership CTP’s FM sector guide positions facilities management as offering “a huge variety of opportunities as well as the possibility of early responsibility, rapid career progression and good pay and benefits.” 

It also focusses on character traits such as discipline, determination and a high level of organisational aptitude, all of which are highly sought-after characteristics in the forces.

BJF Group Managing Director Barry Foster, who himself started his early working life as an electrician, commented Wilks’ military background makes him a perfect fit for this new role:

“We believe in providing opportunities for people to make the most of their talents and develop their careers. Darren joined us at a time when he was looking to use the skills and experience acquired in the army, and specifically on MoD sites, for the next stage of his career. We are delighted to have Darren on board and wish him every success for his future at BJF Group.”

Picture: a photograph of Darren Wilks

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 09 November 2020


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