News

March 14th 2016

“When I left my full-time Army career behind it seemed natural to join the Reserve Forces”

Darryl Kaberry, Trade Manager at Tesco Skegness and Reservist Dave Temple

A former full-time soldier has praised his new employer for supporting his Reserve Forces commitments.

Corporal Dave Temple, aged  37, who lives in Skegness, currently works for Tesco in his home town as well as serving as a reservist with the Army Reserve’s 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron.

Previously serving as a full-time soldier for more than 19 years, Dave decided to leave his full-time military career behind in December 2014 as he wanted to spend more time at home with his friends and family.

Dave explained: “I made a conscious decision that when I left the regular Army I wanted to join the Reserve Forces. The opportunities in the Reserve Forces career wise were something that appealed to me, as I would still like to climb the ranks alongside having a civilian job.

“Since joining the squadron in Lincoln, I have already achieved a new driving qualification this being my Class Two driving license.”

On a day-to-day basis Dave is a Customer Service Assistant at Tesco on Drumond Road, meaning he is a first point of contact for customers on the shop floor and arranges promotional displays around the store.

Dave described how he is enjoying experiencing a new career, which is completely different to working as a full time soldier with 23 Pioneer Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, that saw him use both his infantry and combat engineering skills.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed meeting new colleagues at Tesco and helping the customers where needed, as it is a complete change. Becoming a Reservist has meant I have been able to get the best of both worlds though, meaning I can have a civilian job and a part-time military career.

“Tesco have been very supportive of my Army Reserve commitments, and have been extremely flexible in allowing me to attend training sessions. As I have been completing driving qualifications on a fast-track basis though my unit, this has meant I have needed more time-out of work than would normally be expected but this has not been a problem. I feel lucky to have an employer that understands how military training can have a positive impact on the business.

“When I left my full-time Army career behind it seemed natural to join the Reserve Forces, I would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience a new challenge as it can be really rewarding in the skills and qualifications you can take away.”

Shaun Braithwaite, store manager at Tesco in Skegness, said: “Dave is a fantastic member of our team here at Tesco and we’re proud to support his work with the Reserve Forces. We’re happy to be able to offer him paid leave for annual training as well as shift flexibility to ensure that he can meet all his commitments. Tesco has set up its own Armed Forces Network and has a long history of supporting serving and former servicemen and women.

“The skills and experiences Dave gets during his training with the Armed Forces are really valuable and make him an even better colleague.

“Our colleagues’ interests and passions make them individuals, and bring fun and diversity to the store. We think it’s really important to do what we can to support our colleagues in their personal development as well as their professional development.”

“Tesco have been very supportive of my Army Reserve commitments, and have been extremely flexible in allowing me to attend training sessions."