Carl wants ex-forces to join climb to success
A COMPANY boss in Gloucestershire is looking to boost his workforce by recruiting former military personnel.
Carl Fallon, managing director of MG Scaffolding in Cheltenham, said he was looking for disciplined workers that could apply skills they had picked up in the armed forces and climb their way up the scaffolding trade.
The company is looking for trainee scaffold operatives who have the potential to progress as well as HGV drivers to drive its fleet of vehicles.
Carl said: "We are looking for career driven individuals who want a trade. We will invest in the right individuals where in return we expect reliability, a good attitude and aptitude and a sense of professionalism that will see them potentially work at the top end of the construction industry.
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"We have had a couple of people here who have previously worked in the forces and have found them very disciplined and they have obtained the basic skills to work within our industry."
Carl said he supported The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo's campaign to encourage business and county leaders to recruit former service personnel.
Jobs For Our Forces, launched last month in The Business, aims to make businesses more aware of the skills ex-service men and women can bring to the workplace including strong work ethic, leadership and teamwork.
MG Scaffolding, which is based on Battledown Trading Estate, is one of a growing number of companies that are throwing their weight behind the campaign.
The firm employs 80 people and feels now is the time to invest further in its team to meet the current market demand.
Carl added: "The scaffolding trade is in the high risk category of work so we require, fit, able-minded, disciplined individuals who are professional in their approach to daily tasks. Full progressive training will be required where potentially they can become a fully qualified scaffold operative within two or three years.
"We have several positions that require filling soon before we explore other areas of recruitment, but feel that being in the armed forces for a length of time, certain skills have already been honed."
Jobs For Our Forces was launched as thousands of armed forces men and women faced redundancy. It was revealed in June almost 4,500 military personnel had received redundancy letters as part of plans to cut the number of regular soldiers from 102,000 to 82,000 over the next few years.
The campaign is being run in association with Omega Resource Group. The Stonehouse-based recruitment company has had a dedicated focus on ex-military personnel for four years. The company recruited Maj (Retd) Jon Penhale a year-and-a-half ago to head up the business' military division. He served as an infantry officer for 16 years and left as a Major.
He said: "I was brought in 18 months ago to further enhance Omega's understanding of this valuable talent pool in order to help businesses understand and access talent leaving the armed forces."
Jon also spoke about the importance of the campaign at last month's Stroud Life Business Awards 2013.
If you are a business owner or director interested in coming on board with our campaign, email firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like to enquire about recruiting ex-service men or women, contact Omega Resource Group on 01453 827333.