Tom's Story

Tom joined the Army/Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) in May 1983 and completed 21 years service before being medically discharged in June 2004. Tom reached the rank of WO1 ASM (Warrant Officer Class 1 – Artificer Sergeant Major) and during his career Tom spent time in the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Sierra Leone.

Tom was medically discharged due to injuries sustained whilst in the Army. He has chronic bilateral ankle instability, bilateral knee pain, psoriasis and lumbar disc disease, conditions which were all aggravated by his service.

Following his discharge from the Army, Tom was employed in various jobs including being a Technical Manager, which he left because he needed to work closer to home, a Training Advisor and Sales Manager. Tom’s first role as a Project Manager was in 2007; however his injuries flared up again in 2011 which resulted in him being unable to work and losing his job.

Tom spent some time being unemployed and in 2013 he attended the RBLI Lifeworks programme which gave him the skills and confidence to get back to the job market. Attending the course gave Tom reassurance and self belief. The RBLI support team, Roger & Sean, were fantastic and gave him a lot of support.

In 2014 Tom secured a two year contract with the MoD (Ministry of Defence) as a Project Manager at the Army Aviation Technical College in Berkshire. His primary role was to project manage the relocation of the college from Berkshire to Wiltshire. His contract ended in March 2016; however Tom is hopeful that further opportunities may arise due to his experiencing working within the MoD.

Tom was advised to contact WWTW to apply for funding for a Prince 2 Practitioner course. The Prince 2 Practitioner course was at Chester University (October 2015) and the Change Management Practitioner Course took place at Bristol Management Centre (February 2016). Tom successfully passed both courses and is currently exploring employment opportunities with various organisations.

Tom said that WWTW had helped him regain focus and has given him lots of reassurance. “It is nice to know that there are people out there who care and are very personable and tangible.”