Fighting to build a brighter future
FORMER infantryman Jon Penhale is marching forward with a project to help sacked soldiers.
The 39-year-old recruitment company director believes his scheme to link employers with ex-service people is unique.
With thousands of military personnel being made redundant this summer Jon's plan is to highlight their talents to businesses in Gloucestershire and beyond.
"I served 16 years in infantry, I was a Rifles officer," said Jon from Stonehouse-based Omega.
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The Rifles are the successor to the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry.
Jon said: "As I came to leave the army I went through the transition myself.
"It is reaching out to employers, helping them access talented job candidates with transferable skills like discipline, reliability and so much more."
Omega has teamed up with The Rifles to support, retrain and find jobs for often highly skilled former servicemen and woman in what was a challenging job market.
Omega chief executive officer Alan Beresford said: "We're proud to be supporting The Rifles during this challenging time."
A Rifles' spokesman said soldiers organisational and logistical skills were among their credentials.