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Broanmain Plastics has appointed an ex-military employee through a partnership with socially responsible recruiter CareerForces. The venture forms part of Broanmain’s strategic plan to develop a more diverse workforce from shop floor to boardroom by investing in skillset development and employee wellbeing.

Since March 2020, ex-Air Force SNCO Tom has been working full-time as an operator at our Dorking site, assisting our finishing team with post-moulding assembly and printing.

Andy Howe – who launched CareerForces last year after serving four decades in the British Army and Ministry of Defence – explains why his clients are ideal employees for the private sector: “A majority of candidates are competitive, hard-working and strong team players, having been trained to deliver in the most demanding of circumstances.”

However, the transition from military to manufacturing isn’t without its challenges. Alongside supporting the NHS charities, Combat Stress, H4HV and the On Course Foundation, CareerForces was launched to help veterans who have suffered from PTSD or physical injuries while on duty. This is where Andy’s role goes beyond that of a regular recruitment agent, serving as a through-life contact for his candidates. By collaborating with companies such as Broanmain to offer ongoing support, clients gain the confidence they need to overcome workplace challenges and take significant steps towards recovery.

In addition to environmental adjustments, Broanmain introduced a flexible working schedule with personalised working hours for Tom. Managing Director Jo Davis says: “Tom is a really great addition to the team. He’s got an understanding of what’s expected of team behaviours and is really process-driven, traits that are invaluable in a manufacturing environment.”

Commenting on his transition in the plastics manufacturing workplace, Tom said: “Broanmain Plastics is a forward-thinking and inclusive business. I have been made to feel very welcome by everyone and to be part of the team. Being part of a business with people who understand the challenges some veterans face has enabled me to settle quickly into this new and exciting role that provides products to a wide-ranging client base.”