In April 2016, NTAR and Aaron Gracey, Armed Forces Engagement Manager, at Network Rail met to explore the opportunities for attracting ex-forces personnel into a second career in the rail industry. As a former serving officer in the Army, and an employee of Network Rail, Aaron was in a position to advise NTAR with regards to the specific requirements of both the individuals and the industry.
NTAR then made contact with the Officers’ Association, attending an event in York, and have subsequently met and become a partner of Career Transition Partnership (CTP) Assist WIS (Wounded Injured and Sick), with plans to become a partner of CTP in early 2017. As a result of the partnership with CTP Assist, NTAR visited Catterick Garrison and presented to a cohort of the tri-service personnel, to explore career possibilities.
To further this alliance a work shadowing exercise was arranged at a major employer – this turned out to be extremely successful.
A real eye opener! First-hand feedback from the work shadowing exercise
‘I shadowed various team members from various departments across Manufacturing, Test and Quality Assurance. Within the Manufacturing department, I was fascinated to see how the various sections and teams have a vital role to play to ensure the end product is of the highest standard.
I found the Test section really appealed to me because my past diagnostic experience in the Armed Forces allowed me to see how I could transfer my skills. Before attending the taster visit, this wouldn’t have been a consideration. I was blown away by how much variety there is across the company and the scope of opportunities and roles on site. Everyone I spoke to was helpful and seemed happy to be there.’