Tarmac, the UK’s leading sustainable construction solutions business, has hired its first new starter through its involvement with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) which supports ex-military personnel with new careers. Simon Panter, formerly an Army Warrant Officer, has joined the business as a site manager at Finningley plant, near Doncaster.
CTP is a partnership between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, a global career development specialist. The CTP team helps people leaving the Armed Forces to find new civilian careers and supports employers in recruiting candidates best suited to their vacancies. Tarmac has been working with the CTP to identify opportunities across the UK and post jobs on the organisation’s website.
Simon Panter said: “I applied for this role through the CTP, because there seemed to be a lot of skills I could use from my previous experience in the forces. Prioritising health and safety and making sure we carry out processes and policy as efficiently as possible are two of the main key skills in both jobs I’ve had. The work between CTP and Tarmac is fantastic, and it will hopefully bring in more talent to the business. I’m really excited to get some more training done and continue to progress within the business.”
Simon was previously a warrant officer with 1 Royal Anglian and was attached to the Recruiting Group for his last post as a recruiting warrant officer at the Army Careers Centre, Doncaster. Simon was hired by Mark Jones, now an Operations Manager for Tarmac and formerly a Platoon Sergeant, 1st Battalion the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.
Mark commented: “I’m very pleased that Simon’s joined the business, particularly off the back of the CTP programme, which I can see has great value from my own experience of moving out of the forces and looking for work. The transition to a civilian career is made smoother by the cultural similarities between the military and Tarmac, in terms of our focus on safety and following process and procedures efficiently and effectively. I’m looking forward to working with Simon and hopefully more ex-forces personnel in the future, as they have many transferable skills that are very valuable to our business.”
Tarmac will continue its work with the CTP, attending a number of careers events throughout the coming months. Ex-forces personnel already working with Tarmac will attend to talk about their own career transition and experience within construction. Tarmac and CTP are also arranging site visits for potential recruits to see Tarmac’s business first-hand, and get an impression of the work environment and roles on offer.
John Thornton, Employer Relationship Manager for Yorkshire & Humber, for the CTP, said: “The CTP is delighted to be working with Tarmac to offer employment opportunities to Service leavers. The ex-military pool provides a rich source of talent for companies such as Tarmac, and we work with a wide range of individuals, who bring with them core transferable skills which are perfectly suited to apprenticeships, to highly skilled personnel with years of experience working in some of the toughest conditions in the world.”
In addition to the activity with CTP, Tarmac has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says those who pledge will do all they can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. The government is committed to supporting the Armed Forces community by working with a range of partners who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
Read more about the CTP here.