March 14th 2016

Army joins forces with local business

Captain Terry Gillard and Lance Corporal Richard Stacey from 170 Engineer Group

The Army has joined forces with a local business in Nottinghamshire to promote the transferable skills that soldiers can bring into the civilian work place as either a military service leaver or as a reservist.


The Army’s 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group is a hybrid regular and reserve unit that recruits from around the United Kingdom, and has entered a partnership agreement with RPS Newark, to provide work placements for regular (full time) soldiers who are soon to leave the Army.

Regular and reserve soldiers from 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group have a variety of skills including specialising in engineering consultancy and design to project and facilities management, all skills that could be useful to engineering consultancies such as RPS Newark.

Lance Corporal Richard Stacey, aged 29, is soon to start a work placement with RPS Newark as he prepares to leave his nine year military career behind. Richard said: “RPS is a large multi-disciplined company which could bring many new opportunities to its employees. I initially met RPS Newark when they attended what is known as a Regular Familiarisation Event, which explored possible resettlement opportunities available to personnel who are soon to leave the forces.

“At the moment I’m looking to gain experience working for a civilian company, so the four week work placement is a great opportunity. In the future though I may be interested in expanding my engineering qualifications to work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer, I believe RPS Newark could potentially help me to achieve this.”

RPS Newark signed the Armed Forces Covenant in November 2015 pledging to promote that they are an Armed Forces friendly organisation; that they will seek to support the employment of veterans; support the needs of employees in the Reserve Forces by accommodating their training and deployment commitments; and by aiming to participate in Armed Forces Day each year.

Richard Stacey, who lives in Sheffield, continued: “I currently have a wide foundation of knowledge in construction and civil engineering, but would now like to broaden my horizons so completing a work placement with RPS Newark will allow me to become more commercially aware.”

Staff Sergeant Phil Mabbitt works as a Senior Engineering Co-ordinator at RPS Newark and serves as a Reservist with 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron.  He said: “RPS Newark have been very supportive of my reserve commitments as they understand the benefits that serving in the Reserve Forces can bring to the business. If employees at RPS Newark gain new engineering qualifications through their civilian work, this could help them to rise through the ranks in their Reserve Forces career also.”

Ben Fewster is an Engineering Technician at RPS Newark and will start service with the reserves in the near future working with 299 Parachute Engineer Squadron but will be able to conduct technical engineering training with 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group.

Ben explained: “Having left the services in October 2015, it has been great to know that RPS Newark is fully behind my decision to join the reserves.  The fact that I can maintain contact with my airborne roots with 299 but also benefit from training with 170, with my new-found commercial experience, is an ideal situation for me and I eagerly anticipate the start of this arrangement”.

170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group is currently recruiting, to find out more contact The Recruiting, Retention and Mentoring Team (RRMT) on 0115 957 2170 or

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“RPS is a large multi-disciplined company which could bring many new opportunities to its employees."