Dale Capstick is an assistant site manager for Kier Regional Building North & Scotland. Dale worked in the construction industry before joining the Royal Marines for six years. Here, he talks about his return to the industry as an assistant site manager and how he is growing and developing whilst working at Kier.

“Before joining the military, I worked in the construction industry, starting out as a labourer before completing apprenticeships in plastering and plumbing.

After seven years in the industry, I wanted a change; while a few friends were joining the Army, I wanted to set myself an even harder challenge, so applied to join the Royal Marines. After a gruelling eight months, I passed out of training – one of only 12 of the original 60 recruits to do so.

The next six years saw me train as a sniper and travel the world, including tours of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, during service I sustained injuries to my knee and shoulder and was unable to regain the high levels of fitness required to continue my career in the Marines, and I was medically discharged from the services.

During my resettlement I contacted The Royal Marines Charity which helps injured Marines find work as a civilian, including help with CVs and the opportunity to meet with potential employers at regular career days.

After a chat with my advisor, who recommended I look into project management, I applied for an ex-Forces placement with Transport for London, where I worked for seven months as a project support officer, I learned a great deal but wanted to have more of a balance managing the projects from site more than from the office.

When my placement ended, I had another talk with my advisor and she put me in touch with the team at Kier to discuss potential opportunities and after some interviews, I was offered the position of Assistant Site Manager. Soon after my probation period Kier offered me a place on the Construction Management degree course through the Kier degree programme, I was so excited and grateful of the opportunity as I had always wanted to do a degree but now, I can directly apply it to what I am doing every day.

I am really enjoying site management and eventually my aim is to become a project manager. I have found my managerial and leadership approach has had to adapt due the vast variety of people I interact with on a daily basis. This has helped me grow and develop as a manager and it’s great to know that Kier is fully supportive of my career development.”