Our success at Fortem is due to our people, who are passionate, committed and care about what we deliver. We take pride in developing our employees and supporting them to achieve their potential.

For us, a sustainable future is about ensuring we are developing employees for our future needs and recruiting the right talent. Some examples of our employee journeys are below.
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Employee Journeys

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4Life Academy
At Fortem, we know development is about more than just training courses and we therefore take a fully rounded approach to our employees' learning. As well as qualifications, we fully support development with internal courses, coaching and mentoring through our 4Life Academy in Birmingham and Rotherham. We have bespoke Academies for all stages of our employees' development from entry level to Senior Management.
We encourage job shadowing, secondments between departments for learning, and temporary placements to practice new skills. Mentors are also a key part of sponsoring employee's development journey and identifying and facilitating opportunities. The case studies above demonstrate how this has supported our employees with their career progression.

Growing our own

Key to our strategic plan is developing our own future talent through recruiting management trainees from a number of backgrounds. We recruit through the traditional graduate management trainee route but also encourage applications from school leavers and those with the determination to succeed.

Management Trainees

Our trainee programmes are open to people from all backgrounds and offer a wide range of experiences in the business. The scheme is centred around 3 core placements, Operations, Commercial and Business Solutions and other supporting placements in Finance, IT, HR and Procurement are also incorporated. A specialist trainee scheme is also available e.g. Estimating, Quantity Surveying. Currently, we have 47 trainees in the business and some of our trainee journeys can be found on our trainee page.


We have developed over 300 apprentices to become skilled, competent trades people and ambassadors for the business. We offer apprenticeships in a wide range of disciplines, including carpentry, plumbing, plastering, gas and electrical. Currently, we have 73 apprentices in the business. Full details can be found on our apprentice page.