Over the last few weeks, in the run-up to Armed Forces Day, we've been featuring some of the many candidates and colleagues of 24-7 Staffing who have served with the Armed Forces.
June 29 has been designated Armed Forces Day. The national celebration is being held in Salisbury and we are getting involved. Why? Because we're proud of the link our company has with the Services and many drivers, in particular, are former of serving soldiers.
Among them is Dale Pearce - here is his story.
Dale Pearce is an occasional driver for 24-7 Staffing, taking weekend shifts to fit around his regular job with Cooper Tires, travelling all over Europe supporting motorsports teams.
He served for nine years in the Army, in the Royal Logistics Corps, joining up when he was 17.
"I knew right from when I was in year 9 at school, aged about 13, that I wanted to go into the Army," said Dale, whose brother, Marc, also works for 24-7 Staffing, helping to run the driving desk at our Chippenham headquarters (we chatted to Marc in a previous blog).
"I stupidly left school before I took my exams, then found I couldn't get in. Luckily, one of my teachers, Mr Adams, helped me get back into Sixth Form to take my GCSEs, and then I was able to sign up. That teacher really changed my life."
Dale's first postings were in Tidworth, Abington and Hullavington before he was able to fulfil his ambition to go aboard. He had two tours in Bosnia and was part of the invasion part in Iraq.
When he finally signed off 11 years ago, he was a Lance Corporal and his Army trade was warehousing and supplies.
"When I signed off I trained as a fitness instructor, but soon realised this wasn't for me, so I took a driving job. I'd done some driving when I was still in the Army and on leave, so I knew I enjoyed it."
Dale's career then moved into transport control, before he took his current role as a service technician. He has no regrets about making driving his career choice.
"I think anyone coming out of the Army or the Services needs to think about what they are good at and what they enjoy and let that guide them into a job."
And a final word from Lee
Lee Hall worked with 24-7 Staffing for a few months as a class 2 HGV driver, for our client B&Q. "As an ex-soldier in the British Army, I found that 24-7 Staffing helped me transition into a new role out of the Army and into my new role as an HGV driver to the point that I was offered a full-time job!"
"The company I worked with were fantastic and the agency helped me get what I wanted out of the transport industry. Helen Jones at 24-7 Staffing was a great help in recruiting me. As a former soldier herself, I found she was able to relate and also advise on the best paths to take to ensure my best opportunities for a full-time role. I would recommend Helen's advice to everyone out there who is looking to use an agency to get into work. I really can't rate this company high enough. Thank you all."
We think that sums it up!
If you are currently serving but looking at career options when you leave the military, or if you are ex-Forces and want a change of direction or a new role, please get in touch with the team and we will do all we can to help you in your career.