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September 15th 2016

“My employer has always been supportive of my reserve commitments”

Reservist Dave Rimmington and his line manager Graham Brookes

An Army Reservist from Grantham has praised his employer for understanding how his military service can aid his responsibilities as a Health and Safety Consultant.

Warrant Officer 2 Dave Rimmington, aged 42, serves part-time as a reservist with 167 Catering Support Regiment and works full-time at Lloyds Employment Law Consultancy in Grantham.

Dave’s day job involves travelling through the UK to meet a variety of people to provide coaching and mentoring sessions relating to Health and Safety at work. He described what transferable skills he believes help him to complete the job to a good standard:

“My employer has always been supportive of my reserve commitments and understands that the military experience I have and the training that I complete as an individual are all skills that can be brought back in to the workplace.

“I coach a range of businesses in my day job from many industry sectors including construction, engineering and hospitality. In each of these situations I ensure that each individual completing the training is confident in their role and understands that health and safety legislation is not all about so called ‘red-tape’ it’s about preventing accidents and saving lives.

“The leadership, management and team building skills I have developed as both a reservist and during my time as a regular full-time soldier all help me to complete my civilian job to the best of my ability. People skills are very important as well as the way I present information to businesses, so my military experience has played a very positive role in my life.”

Dave spent 24 years working as a full-time soldier in the British Army completing various roles in Military Training, recruitment, logistics and catering.

Reserves Day took place on 8 September this year, a day in which reservists from around the UK have the opportunity to wear their military uniforms in to their normal workplaces to give their colleagues the chance to ask questions about serving with the Armed Forces.

2016 is the first year Dave has taken part in Reserves Day. He said: “My employer Lloyds Employment Law Consultancy has recently received a Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award for the support they have shown to both myself and other ex-service personnel in the business, so I wanted to wear my military uniform in to work to show I am proud to be a reservist and also appreciate the support I receive from work. I also wanted to spread the word about the Reserve Forces and increase my colleagues understanding internally.”

Graham Brookes, Health and Safety Operations Manager and Dave’s line manager at Lloyds Employment Law, said: “We find it beneficial to employ reservists. As an ex-serviceman myself I am aware of the benefits that come with allowing our reservists to take the time out to complete training.

“At the present time, Dave is our only reservist but we also have four other ex-servicemen on the team. The transferable skills each of these individuals bring to our organisation are very good, and are skills we look for when we are recruiting new staff members.”

“The leadership, management and team building skills I have developed as both a reservist and during my time as a regular full-time soldier all help me to complete my civilian job to the best of my ability."