What some of our ex-service people say
HR Manager based in Oxford
Trish joined the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Territorial Army in July 1994 before joining the regular Army at 29 Regiment RLC in South Cerney four years later. In 2005, Trish moved to the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre (RTMC) in Nottingham, supporting the planning and mobilisation of TA troops deploying on, or returning from operations.
Trish told us: “I left the Army in 2008 and completed my Certificate in Personal Practice (as part of my resettlement) which has allowed me to pursue a career in Human Resources. Shortly after, I joined Amey as a HR Advisor and spent three years getting experience across a range of HR services including working as part of the On Boarding, Helpdesk, and Reward teams. In June 2011 I was seconded to support with the mobilisation a new contract and was subsequently offered a permanent role as a HR Manager.
My knowledge of HR has certainly grown and I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity of working in various HR disciplines, and I’m still learning. I have recently started the People Manager Programme and will be pursuing a Project Management Prince 2 qualification shortly. Both of these courses will further develop my skills as a people manager and with my project management skills.
Just recently I helped deliver Amey Inductions in Scotland. This was very invigorating as I was able to show Amey as a diverse company with excellent development opportunities by discussins my own experiences and journey.”
Highway Maintenance Ganger based in the East of England
Zac explains his journey from military to Amey: 'As you might expect, my military career was like a fast paced roller-coaster – it was the best and the worst job you could have.
After 6 years in the Royal Engineers as a Plant Operator Mechanic (POM) in a Bomb Disposal regiment (EOD), I was sent to work in various countries abroad and in the UK.
Near the end of my time in the military, I felt it was the right time to leave as I wanted more time to spend with my family, but I felt almost institutionalised and worried about not having the military structure around me. After reading reviews about what it is like to work at different companies, I set my eyes on Amey – luckily there was a local depot near me that had vacancies for operatives.
I started my new position late February and after meeting with all my colleges and managers, who were very friendly, I soon felt comfortable with my surroundings. My manager understood that I had vast transferable skills but was unable to utilise them due to my lack of civilian qualifications.
I was soon given all the training and support needed to boost my confidence and my working ability. My manager met with me on a weekly basis to make sure I was happy in my new role and answer any questions I had about my work or the company.
After seven months, a position for a Ganger opened up and at first, I wasn’t sure whether to apply but after speaking with my manager and supervisor, I applied and got the job!
I chose Amey not only because of the great work they do and the training they give, they also have vast support networks much like the military to ensure they have a happy and healthy workforce.
Since leaving the military I am still in contact with my forces friends, most of them are looking to leave and I’ve told them all to take a look at the Amey website. I feel very privileged to be where I am now and it is all thanks to the support that I have been given.
Metering technician in Trafford
Martin spent 15 years in the Army, serving with 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (The Welsh Cavalry) in places like Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. Towards the end of his military career, Martin helped future service men and women become soldiers as a Physical Training and Outdoor Pursuit’s Instructor.
He explains: “I decided to leave the Forces whilst still young enough to pursue a career in Civvy Street. I learnt a lot of skills in the military, but when I left I decided to re-train as a plumber. Since then, I’ve worked hard and progressed with my career but my development didn’t really take off until I joined Amey in 2013.
I’m an Employee Champion and form part of a steering group designed to improve what we do. I’ve been involved in innovation initiatives like the Den - an innovation competition. I've now received a 20-week re-training programme and am a fully fledged dual fuel gas and electric engineer.
I’m ambitious and I’ve set myself the goal of becoming an operational manager within the next 5-10 years. I feel that Amey is the place to reach this goal, they reward effort and if you push yourself the sky is the limit.
Since becoming a part of Amey I feel that I have found a company on Civvy Street that has very similar values as what I was used to in the Forces, the size, structure and feel about the place makes you feel part of a family. I do not feel like there is any other company around that has what Amey has to offer and have no problem recommending Amey to anyone leaving the forces.”
Customer Care Operator based in Motherwell
Graham served as communications operator and line manager within the Royal Corps of Signals for 23 years. Since leaving the armed forces in 2010, Graham has continued to apply the values that are instilled by life in the Army.
He explains: “Returning from Germany where I had been employed as a Learning Centre Course Administrator for a military education centre, I first heard of Amey through Civvy Street, an employment website founded and administered by the Royal British Legion for service leavers and veterans.
Before deciding to apply, I did some research and found that Amey’s values were similar to the ones I’m used to in the Army, and this really appealed to me. I have been fortunate to have travelled to and operated in a myriad of countries, amongst some of the most professional, selfless and loyal men and women one could wish to meet. Now I’m thankful to be working with such a diverse business and be able to broaden my skills and experience.
My experiences with Amey since starting in June have been great. I’ve received a warm welcome, lots of encouragement and subject matter training. This has helped restore my belief in my abilities and let me polish a few of my skills I haven’t used in recent years.
My new post and I are still somewhat wet behind the ears, but the welcomed ongoing support of my new colleagues and management team and the demanding environment has fortified my initial thoughts and attraction towards the work ethos of Amey and its staff.”