``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 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 Rail Safety Solutions is an ideal destination for anyone looking to move back into civilian life. Auctus Training Solutions, 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.


Success Stories

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Michael Husbands joined Rail Safety Solutions 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 Rail Safety Solutions 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 Auctus Training Solutions.

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.

Having spent just under a decade in the Royal Marines, David opted for a career change in early 2012. Described by his superiors in a citation as ‘an outstanding marine and junior leader’, David wanted to take the leadership skills he had honed in the military into the commercial world.

Initially recruited by Rail Safety Solutions as a Project Manager, David cut his teeth as project lead for the Drainage Reinstallation Project along the LNW route. David’s enduring commitment combined with his ability to engage with all stakeholders quickly set him aside from the rest and the project was hailed as a fantastic success.

His success in the role, combined with his strong negotiation skills saw him rise to the position of Strategic Contracts Manager where he remains responsible for sustained growth across Auctus Management Group.

Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

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At Rail Safety Solutions, 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.