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MANY who leave the Services that appealed to Chris Daniels.
THE CHANGE from Service fi nd themselves frustrated by the Chris Daniels, for instance, was
to civilian life can often be lack of a serious challenge in Civvy a Chief Weapons Engineering
overwhelming at the best of times Street. After all, how do you fi nd a Artificer in the Royal Navy with 25
and with many companies either bigger responsibility than looking years service. Now he’s a Senior
making their workers redundant after one’s country? Project Manager at Westinghouse,
or cutting their hours, fi nding a One industry that can offer you responsible for £80 million-
new career path at the moment a similar challenge is the railway, worth of projects on the London
can be daunting. because here you will also have the Underground and in Taiwan.
Choosing a new career path, job of looking after people’s lives “I had a fantastic time in the
writing a commercial CV and on a daily basis. Westinghouse Forces but joining Westinghouse
sourcing prospective employers Rail Systems is one company that was the best move I ever made.
can be mystifying but it is always attracts those looking to take on It’s a good stable company that
pleasing for Service personnel serious responsibility. is currently changing to become
to know that because they have But Westinghouse can offer even better and more flexible.
worked within a disciplined more than just job satisfaction. “Right now there are massive
environment, offer dedicated skills They are renowned for providing opportunities as the business
and are known by employers to the highest level of support for expands into new markets around
Westinghouse Rail is looking to be deeply committed with strong
career development. Maybe that’s the world,” he said. “It’s anything
working ethics, they are considered why they have such an outstanding but a nine-to-five desk job. I’d
recruit a number of outstanding to be the ideal employee.
record of employee retention. It’s throw myself out of the window if
Project Managers
“Service men and women certainly a facet of the company I had to settle for that.”
at all levels to are known for their reliability
and motivation, making them
work on one of our most prestigious a sought-after asset for any
Second life in the RFA
potential employer,” stated Bev
COULD you use the skills you primary and occupational
projects. Positions based in London Leatherby, the general manager of have acquired in the Royal Navy healthcare on board RFA ships.
in a challenging second career You will be used to working alone
and Chippenham.
Skill up
with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary? and unsupervised. Candidates
The RFA are currently recruiting should hold in-date Advanced
for the following specialisations: Life Support, Defibrillation,
IN TODAY’s competitive market,
We want exceptional people who are strong
Systems Engineer Officers: pre-Hospital Care and First Aid
studying for a new skill can With a minimum of a HNC in Instructor qualifications.
decision makers, clear communicators and
give you the edge, indicate your Electrical & Electronic Engineering Engineering Officer Cadets:
quick thinkers. Big budgets, big teams and
commitment to learning and show or Electronic & Communications If you have excellent leadership
you are taking charge of your own Engineering, in addition to relevant potential, enjoy the challenge of
big pressure don’t keep you awake at night. development. RN experience, you could become responsibility and are motivated
In return, we’ll provide all the training
A level 3 qualification does a Systems Engineer Officer. with the drive to succeed then you
much to improve promotion and Responsible for electronic could join the Engineering Officer
and support you need to succeed in this employment prospects and is an systems from navigation to Cadet programme.
market-leading company.
achievement of which you can be propulsion, you could be After passing your initial cadet-
proud. working in any part of the ship ship you will take on the role
Martin Ladd, formerly a repairing faults and maintaining of Third Officer Engineer. You
captain in the Royal Navy and equipment. will also be encouraged to work
Want the job satisfaction that comes
now director of the Hampshire- Royal Navy Ratings with towards your Chief Mate/Second
based training company Brighter relevant experience will need to Mate Engineers Certificate.
with a real challenge? Then make your
Prospects Limited engaged in pass the AIB and attend short There may also be openings for
first important decision right now.
the Skills Accounts project, said: courses at BRNC and HMS qualified Ratings in other branch-
“These are the very good reasons Sultan. es such as Deck, Engineering,
why people should be opening a Medical Technicians: Catering or Communications.
Skills Account today.” As an RFA Medical For further information, call the
Just give Brighter Prospects Technician you would be Royal Fleet Auxiliary recruitment
a call or email martinladd@ responsible for the provision team on 08456 04 05 20 or visit of all aspects of emergency,
“When I discovered the RFA offered greater
opportunities for training and experience
across a broader spectrum I decided that it
was the best route for me.” N Stubbs
08456 04 05 20
Unlike a commercial shipping company, you never know where
your next destination will be. No foreign land or port is out of the
question because the RFA is responsible for supporting the Royal Navy,
keeping them supplied with everything they need - fuel, food, spares
and ammunition. They could also be delivering vital humanitarian aid
whenever it is needed.
Imagine being in charge on the bridge of a ship, taking responsibility
for the engine room, overseeing the efficiency of all the electrical
systems on board or catering for a hungry ship. If you can picture
yourself in any of these roles, you may have what it takes to become
a Rating or trainee RFA Officer.
The RFA offers “a life less ordinary” for practical individuals with
initiative, who enjoy a challenge and would relish the opportunity to
travel around the world. The salary, training and leave entitlement are
all highly competitive combining all the benefits of a merchant shipping
organisation with a true vocation and the excitement of supporting
military operations or providing disaster relief.
You can find out more by visiting RFA.MOD.UK or by calling 08456 04 05 20
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