Top of the page

Resettlement success

Forces: Ex-Royal Navy

Adam G - Able Seamanship Specialist

“I would urge all Service leavers to consider Civilian Work Attachments as an opportunity to gain some vital civilian work experience.”

Adam served for seven years in the Royal Navy, moving from Operator Mechanic (Warfare) to Seamanship Specialist and achieving an NVQ in Electrical Engineering before leaving. Whilst serving, he developed a wide range of transferrable skills, including focus and discipline, communication and leadership skills, plus the ability to work unsupervised and under pressure.

Adam attended a Career Transition Workshop (CTW) and believes the CV writing and interview techniques aspects were of most benefit. He also found it to be a worthwhile networking exercise. In addition, he highly recommends that Service leavers undertake the CTW/Employment Support workshops.

In addition, Adam completed a Civilian Work Attachment (CWA) with Remploy. As he says: “I would encourage all Service leavers to consider Civilian Work Attachments as an opportunity to gain some vital work experience.”
He also urges all Service leavers to make the most of their resettlement time and to spend all their entitlements in terms of funding and resettlement time on courses or activities which will stand them in good stead in the future.

Adam’s first role in civvy street was as a Course Tutor with a local Further Education college. After eight months, he heard via a networking contact about an opening for an Employment Advisor with Remploy, his CWA company.
The selection process included a formal interview, which also required him to deliver a five minute presentation on something he was passionate about. Adam chose football, deciding that it was not so much the subject choice but the delivery method that the panel would be assessing. He was right – and got the job!

Adam now covers five different Remploy factory sites across Greater Manchester. What does he enjoy most about his current role? “Every day is different. You are never sure who each client will be, what their background is or their particular needs are, so every client is an individual.”
More success stories