Sarah joined the RAF in 2006, Serving for 12 years in HR before leaving in June this year. Sarah has Served around the country and overseas; her final tour was in the recruitment centre in Birmingham. She is now a HR advisor with automobile cleaning products supplier, Autosmart International, in Shenstone, Staffordshire.
Lieutenant Colonel Pears Served in the Coldstream Guards, transferring to the Irish Guards in 2002. Discharged in 2014 following 39 years’ Service he was awarded an MBE and joined Finchale Group as Head of Veteran’s Services and subsequently worked up to his current role as CEO.
Springtime is traditionally a popular time to consider buying a house so you may well be considering your options. It’s also renowned as a stressful journey so it’s good to know that schemes exist that can help Service personnel get that all important first footing on the housing ladder.
Opportunities to change direction after we’ve been in a particular career for a long time are rare. It isn’t impossible or especially difficult but it does take a positive decision (sometimes into the unknown) to make it happen.
All of the same excuses get churned out: haven’t got time, I’m too old, I’m comfortable in my career and I don’t want to spend money on training are just a few that come to mind. It’s usually a choice that people take their time over but of course since the announcement of redundancies, things have changed and hands are becoming forced.
Chances are, you’ve been at the helm of some serious machinery during your time in the Armed Forces. How can you make that the foundation of a civilian career using heavy plant machinery and vehicles?
From Civvy Street Magazine, February 2014
It’s not often that you hear a government minister, union official and qualification body ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’, but that’s what happened in the first days of 2014, with the introduction of a new scheme specifically aimed at improving training and skill standards for those behind the steering wheels of the UK’s many fuel tankers.