Marching on after 10 years of helping ex-servicemen

SPECIAL CELEBRATION ... Pictured, clockwise from bottom left, are Kim O'Brien, Emma Saxton, Dave Muncaster, Jack Cook, Joanne Foster, Carly Taylor and boss Adrian Cheesman.
SPECIAL CELEBRATION ... Pictured, clockwise from bottom left, are Kim O'Brien, Emma Saxton, Dave Muncaster, Jack Cook, Joanne Foster, Carly Taylor and boss Adrian Cheesman.

A FORMER soldier is celebrating 10 years in the business of helping ex-service personnel find work after re-joining civvy street.

Ex-staff sergeant Adrian Cheesman launched Demob Job – a recruitment agency specialising in employing ex-service personnel – after leaving his military career behind.

It’s extremely hard when you leave the military. When you are part of it, you are in a family environment with lots of support. But when you leave that support reduces, especially on the jobs front.

Adrian Cheesman, Demob Job

Now, a decade on, he is celebrating business success by boosting his workforce which has increased the number of people he is able to help.

On average, each year the company helps around 105 ex-military personnel secure work by liasing with companies who are looking to recruit staff.

Mr Cheesman, managing director, said: “When I started the business I believed there was a lot of people leaving the military who were employable.

“I wanted to ensure employers were aware of the benefits of taking on ex-military.

“We work with clients all over the UK, as well as supporting people who have served in the Army, Royal Navy and RAF to find jobs.”

Demob Job, based at South Shields Business Works, in Henry Robson Way, currently employs eight members of staff to help Mr Cheesman run the business.

Mr Cheesman developed his recruitment agency after a 24-year career with the Royal Corps of Signals.

“It’s extremely hard when you leave the military. When you are part of it, you are in a family environment with lots of support.

“But when you leave that support reduces, especially on the jobs front, and everyone needs to pay their mortgages.

“It’s why I set up Demob job. When I started the business, I had two people and worked from a small unit within South Shields Business works.

“I knew it would do well, but never thought we would be occupying the site’s biggest unit, with eight staff.

“It’s fantastic and being able to employ local people too – it’s great.”

As well as celebrating 10 years in business, the company has now launched its new-look website.

Businesses looking to recruit or for information contact Demob job visit www.demobjob.co.uk or call 427 4655.