By Eileen Simpson Award for Outstanding Contribution Winner 2012 – Steve Bentham-Bates, Regular Forces Employment Association
The phone rang and the caller turned out to be a former recruit of mine into the RAF as a PTI in 1995, now preparing to return to civilian employment I find myself helping him back out of the RAF! What a small world.
Over a period of 22 years I have had the pleasure of recruiting a number of people into fulfilling careers within the RAF and since 1997 helping not just RAF but RN and Army people into worthwhile careers on their discharge and return to “Civvy Street”.
My first Gurkha recruit is still at the company I introduced him to 6 years ago and very happy. Another chap went to work in Ascension Island, yet another in The Outback of Australia, as well as a number working in the Middle East.
Closer to home following a very successful year, a number of Service leavers started work with Doncaster based Redline Aviation Security and Cape PLC on good paying jobs. Only 2 days ago I also had confirmation of another 4 people starting work in the rail industry.
Every time a placement is confirmed it is a really rewarding feeling, knowing I am supporting a fellow Ex Service person in their transition back to civilian life.
I have also been fortunate enough to be recognized by the IRP for my work training new members of the industry studying for their Certificate in RP getting the Best Achievement from Training Award in 2008 following graduating with one of the first Honours Degrees in Recruitment Practice the year before; then earlier this month receiving The Eileen Simpson Award for outstanding contribution to the industry.
I have met many interesting people and visited a lot of places including the back Garden of Buckingham Palace I would never have seen but for my job.
I have often said that even if I won the Lotto Jackpot I would still do my job because I really do love Recruitment and the joy I get and give to people when you help them