Two Glasgow men, who struggled to find work when their Army careers ended, have rebuilt their lives with the help of a local support group and Remploy’s Armed Forces & Veterans service.
William Brown served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for 13 years, first as a blacksmith and then a dog trainer. But he faced an uncertain future when a debilitating back injury led to him being medically discharged before his 30th birthday.
“When I left the army I had little money, no job to go to and no place of my own,” recalled William who was referred to Remploy by Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, an advice and support group for service personnel and veterans.
“Remploy were great. I received one-to-one support from my employment advisor who helped me put together an action plan,” added William, who is now working as a quality controller at Thales after successfully completing a one month placement at the engineering firm.
Working alongside William at Thales is Craig Gallagher who left the army in 2011 after seven-and-a-half years in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. “It was tough adapting to civilian life and unemployment led to me spiralling into depression,” said Craig, who like William received tailored support at Remploy’s employment services branch in Glasgow.
“At the branch I was able to search for jobs online and I received help with interview techniques, which helped me secure a job at Thales. Thanks to Remploy and its Armed Forces & Veterans service, my life is back on track.”
Remploy’s Armed Forces & Veterans Service supports wounded, injured and sick service leavers and disabled veterans and provides them with a range of specialist employment services at more than 60 high street branches and offices, where candidates receive one-to-one support from specially trained ‘Armed Forces Champions’.
“Our Armed Forces Champions are highly trained and experienced in identifying transferable skills and tackling the specific barriers veterans and injured, wounded and sick service leavers face when looking for a sustainable career,” said Pete Smith, Remploy’s Head of Armed Forces & Veterans service.
Picture caption: Craig Gallagher, left, and William Brown
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Notes to editors:
- In the last four years Remploy Employment Services has found more than 50,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
- In 2012-13 Remploy's Armed Forces and Veterans Service received 500 referrals of ex-service personnel with a disability or health condition and supported more than one third of those individuals into a job.
- Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment
- Employment Services has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
- It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and vocational rehabilitation services
- Remploy ES partners with more than 2,500 of the country’s biggest employers including BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s, the NHS and Marks & Spencer
- It operates a national network of more than 60 town and city centre recruitment branches and offices providing specialist recruitment and development services to job seekers