From frontline to factory life

Graham Pascoe (right) from Caterpillar looks on as serving soldier David Hubber works on a mock up of a truck cab.

Graham Pascoe (right) from Caterpillar looks on as serving soldier David Hubber works on a mock up of a truck cab.

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A TRUCK manufacturer has been helping to rehabilitate members of the forces to help them take the next step back into work.

Peterlee-based Caterpillar Articulated Trucks is working on a Help for Heroes-backed scheme which focuses on supporting wounded service personnel to secure future employment.

Bosses at the firm understand that finding a job can be difficult and that members of the Armed Forces may want to find work outside the military.

Caterpillar is working with the Phoenix House Recovery Centre, in Catterick, North Yorkshire, where Help For Heroes, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence deliver a recovery programme for wounded, injured and sick servicemen.

A visit by wounded service personnel to Caterpillar was arranged.

The purpose of the visit was to help those leaving the military understand how their skills gained within the forces can be transferred into the everyday work environment.

The day included details of how Caterpillar operates as a business and provided an opportunity for current ex-forces employees to share their experiences about making the transition to life after the forces.

A large part of the day was focused on the transferability of skills from the forces into commercial organisations.

Caterpillar’s human resources staff provided advice on creating CVs and cover letters, as well as interview techniques, and building soldiers’ confidence in showing how their valuable skills can be transferred.

Managing director Phil Handley said: “We are delighted to support this initiative and hope the skills learned will be used by armed forces staff as they build careers outside of 
the services.”

The event was held after a Help for Heroes fundraising event at Caterpillar’s Learning Centre of Light.