From Army Docker to Warehouse Manager
Let's have a look into another successful transition from the military into civilian life this time with BFRS members Britannia Leatherbarrows. They are a friendly, family run business that prides itself on giving personal attention at all times to our customers. They put extra effort into training their staff and maintaining their high standards to ensure that customers are satisfied with the job they do and get the best service possible. They are fully committed to training their staff and provide opportunities within the removal industry.
Our Dit today is from Veteran Marc Lee who after his time serving decided he wanted to work for a forces friendly company that would allow him to use the skills he had learnt throughout his service and would give him the opportunity to visit a wide variety of places all across the UK.
“My name’s Marc and I served in the Army as a Docker in the RCT for 7 ½ years. My career started at Britannia Leatherbarrows 25 years ago when I was encouraged by my brother Gerald (who already worked for the company) to join him and do some temporary work over the Christmas and New Year period. I expected this to be just for the 3 days that I was originally asked to work for, but I am still working here 25 years later! I enjoyed working alongside my brother and I really enjoy my role as the Warehouse Manager. I love working with the team at Leatherbarrows and have made friendships with the staff who have a great sense of humour and comradery. I have worked in some beautiful houses and met people from all walks of life. My other brother Dave also works as a porter, and I plan to stay here until I retire.”
“A career in removals has been perfect for me as I learnt to drive in the Army at age of 17 and my training has assisted me with the stamina and strength to load and unload the lorries as well as driving them. The rates of pay at Leatherbarrows are good and I have all year-round work with a varied week. Other transferable skills are the forklift truck licence I obtained in the army and there are training opportunities within the company. I enjoy the structured day however there are always new lessons to be learnt and there is never a dull moment. I would say that Leatherbarrows is a great family company to work for.”
A key takeaway from Marc’s story is that he didn’t just jump straight from the Army to his new role, he decided to work for them temporarily to dip his toes into the industry and see if it worked for him. With the support of his family, he was able to have a true transition period which is something we recommend to anyone. Instead of putting the pressure on yourself to have it all figured out instantly you could do some work experience to see if it is the right fit for you. The possibilities are endless!
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