``We are proud to be working in collaboration with the UK’s Ministry of Defence to give people leaving the Armed Forces the chance to retrain and build a successful career within the rail industry. ``

David Carns - Head of Major Projects and Resource

Supporting The Armed Forces

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At RSS, we respect and admire many of the skills and attributes that you have learned as part of your time with the military. Discipline. Precision. Pride. Determination. The ability to stay calm under intense pressure. All these qualities, which are essential in the military, are also highly sought-after within our company.

We believe RSS INFRASTRUCTURE is an ideal destination for anyone looking to move back into civilian life. INFRA Skills, a subsidiary of Auctus Management Group, work closely with the Career Transition Partnership and the Armed Forces Covenant to help provide people, who are looking to get into the rail industry, with the right skills and qualifications to make a successful transition and ensure that they are well supported.

To find out more about the different roles and the progression routes available click on the button below.

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Success Stories

Michael Husbands joined RSS INFRASTRUCTURE in 2013 following his decision to leave the Royal Marines. Working closely with his Head of Department, RSS devised a structured programme for Michael to follow in order to give him experience in the rail industry.

During this programme, Michael combined his duties in the Royal Marines with work experience on track. It quickly became evident to all involved that he was excelling and eventually, his hard work and safety conscious approach was noticed by Amey Colas who offered him a position of Works Manager at the Crewe High Output Depot.

Michael’s progression through the rail sector continues to be extraordinary. He is currently employed by Network Rail as a Senior Campaign Manager.

Lee Hildreth is a former Royal Marines Commando and entered the Rail Industry upon leaving the Armed Forces.

Following a tour of Afghanistan, Lee attended a careers fair where RSS INFRASTRUCTURE provided a bespoke talk on the rail industry. Lee eventually took the plunge and applied to undertake a PTS course with RSS. Again, this was structured around Lee’s resettlement package so he could be ready for employment immediately after leaving the Armed Forces.

Lee’s aptitude for the technical side of the railway soon shone through and he was offered a role as High Output Engineer for Colas Rail. Having excelled and learnt a great deal about the industry in the 2 years since leaving the Marines, Lee was offered a position within Network Rail as Scheme Project Manager, a post which he still holds today.

Stephen has joined Auctus Management Group after 28 years Military Service. His time in the military gave him experience in various different roles that varied from Company Sergeant Major to Training Development Officer. The 25 years of leadership experience he has gained through his experience in logistics, facilities management and operations management makes him ideal for the position of Trainer/Assessor for INFRA Skills.

Stephen’s innovative teaching style enables learners to develop the skills required to build on their current knowledge base and triumph with a competitive industry to become ambassadors for Auctus Management Group and ingrain safety into everything they do.

WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU JOINED RSS INFRASTRUCTURE?

“I joined the Marines in 2004, and served for the best part of 10 years as part of the Commando Brigade. I was based in Thornton and then Plymouth, taking part in 3 tours during my time in the Marines to; Afghanistan, Ciera Leon and Libya. Deciding it was time to move on, I left the Marines in 2013 and was approached by Peter Thompson who asked me to join RSS as a Works Manager for High Output. During this time, I was project manager for the Drainage Re-installation Project along with the LNW route, which was hailed as a fantastic success.”

WHAT HAVE YOU ACHIEVED DURING YOUR TIME AT RSS?

“After around a year serving as Works Manager, I was offered the position of Strategic Accounts Manager in 2016, responsible for sustained growth across Auctus Management Group. Later in the year I progressed to Head of Resources, having shown significant commitment to both the role and the company. During my time at RSS I have modernised the Resource department, bringing in additional staff and updating technology.

Whilst working alongside the Midland Metro Alliance I ensured all labour was sourced locally, I did this by working with local charities such as; Talent Match, Black Country Impact, Job Centre Plus, Evolve, Enable and Youth Promise Plus. Interviewing each candidate personally, ensured everyone employed was right for the role, and this was shown with the 100% success rate of staff turning up on time with the right work ethic. I have also increased the diversity of the labour workforce, a clear success as RSS now have an average rail workforce age of 30, compared to the national age of 59.

I have been instrumental in the advancements of health and safety awareness and outputs, making sure everyone returns home safe every day. My safety stand-downs have helped improve working practices on-site, removing any hazards that could impact the health and safety of any workers. As well as this I have implemented an armoury of fleet management

tools that have been embedded into all of our vehicles, including dash-cams and vehicle tracking systems, leading to the improvement of driving performance to both our drivers and third parties. RSS are the first company in the rail sector to introduce this specialist Driver Awareness Warning System for the transportation of workers to site.

I have developed my career immensely since joining RSS, and I am proud of what I have achieved within the company, and I am especially keen to continue the crucial developments of health and safety for all staff, both on and off-site.”

Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

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At RSS INFRASTRUCTURE, we work closely with the Career Transition Partnership to support individuals who are leaving the forces with their reintegration into the world of civilian life.

The CTP is the official provider of Armed Forces resettlement. It is a partnership between the Ministry of Defence and outplacement specialists, Right Management Ltd, a Manpower company. The CTP provides transition support to anyone leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Forces or Royal Marines at any rank.

Services offered include:

    • Resettlement support
    • Career transition advice
    • Training opportunities

To date, the CTP has helped over 180,000 Service leavers with the transition to civilian life. To read the pledge and commitment that we have made to the armed forces click here.