Network helps ex-Army staff find energy jobs

An ex-army officer is looking for recruits – to get involved in a project which helps hook up ex-Army staff with the energy sector. Magnus Jeffrey (pictured), who works as […]

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By Vicky Ellis

An ex-army officer is looking for recruits – to get involved in a project which helps hook up ex-Army staff with the energy sector.

Magnus Jeffrey (pictured), who works as an engineer for Senergy Development Solutions (SDS), set up The Network Aberdeen two years ago to help other former service workers interested in a similar career move.

Regular meetings every six to eight weeks help servicemen meet and hear from industry experts. The ex-serviceman believes people from the Forces could solve a gaping energy skills gap. Industry body Subsea UK estimates 10,000 people will be needed in its sector alone over the next 12 months.

He said: “With thousands of British military personnel facing redundancy and the UK oil & gas sector attempting to address a potentially crippling shortage of workers, there are opportunities for those leaving the armed forces to transfer skills and build a new career in a rewarding industry.”

Explaining relevant job skills can be difficult and some ex-military fall at the first hurdle, he added: “Their applications often fall foul of the automated systems as it is difficult to relay their appropriate skills and expertise on paper. If the same individual is able to meet with someone and given the opportunity to explain what they can offer, the outcome can be very positive for both parties.”