A FORMER army officer is back working in ‘civvy street’ after landing a job at a South Tyneside-based firm after months of looking for work.
David Boyd left the Army in December having devoting more than 17 years to serving Queen and country.
Despite sending out countless CVs and showing a willingness to work, he was unable to find a job.
But, after Boldon-based Beyond Digital Solutions attended a jobs fair, organised by South Tyneside Council, they snapped up the married father-of-four when he applied for a job.
The Minefield and motivation event was run by the council in partnership with South Tyneside Armed Forces Community Covenant Steering Group and was aimed at helping business understand how skills and knowledge gained in the forces can transfer into their workplace.
Louise Richley, managing director of Beyond Digital Solutions, said: “The event opened my eyes to the breadth of skills and experience gained in the military.
“For me, 17 years of service proved David’s loyalty and I knew he would be reliable and hard-working.”
Mr Boyd, 36, from Boldon Colliery, said: “I left the Army feeling apprehensive about finding work. With the economy the way it was, I knew the prospect of getting a job was not very good and I’d spent months sending out CVs without much success. I felt quite down-hearted about it all. Beyond Digital Solutions said they had an ideal role for me as an Installation Engineer. I’ve done my training and I’m loving it.”
Coun Ed Malcolm, lead member for resources and innovations and the council’s armed forces champion, said: “Beyond Digital Solutions have recognised the adbundance of skills and qualities people in the military gain during their training and service. It is these skills that can bring a fresh approach to business. We wish David all the best in his new role.”