H M Forces Logistics, Plant and Construction Training Case Study – November 2014

Having all served between 10 and 20 years with HM Force, 1Rifles, Damian, Richard, Dennis and Peter undertook HIAB, Driver CPC, forklift, ADR, LGV – Acquisition and urban driving, CSCS and Health and Safety level 1 training. Read their case study:


Our names are Damian, Richard, Dennis and Peter. We all worked for HM Forces, 1Rifles. Having all served between 10 and 20 years we all made the difficult decision to volunteer for redundancy. We wanted to use and adapt our skills developed throughout our careers in the armed forces in our new roles  in civvy street.

When it was confirmed that we were going to be made redundant we did some reseach into where was best for our new career path and where there was a need for lots of work. After attending CTP and CTW events it was apparent that there was a need for workers in the transport industry, we also identified many job opportunities.

Our eduacation centre, in Beachley Barracks, Chepstow recommended Commercial Operator Training Solutions who we contacted. Jason Mowforth, the Director of the company came to Beachley Barracks and discussed what training and facilities the company had to offer. He came accross very friendly and professional and he was happy to fit the training around our restrictive time constraints due to only having a limited training period before leaving the army. We decided as a group that our needs were similar to make a group booking for training. We did HIAB, Driver CPC, forklift, ADR, LGV – Acquisition and urban driving, CSCS and Health and Safety level 1.  We booked to do all this over a four week period including accommodation.  We then went on to do a second course where we did our 360 Excavator, Forward Tipping Dumper, Telehandler and Health and Safety level 3. We achieved the NPORS accreditation  for the plant and construction equipment.

We were able to use our ELCAS, IRTC and GRT days which paid for accommodation and the course. COTS were very understanding and helpful in knowing how to deal with military paperwork. Over the four weeks of training COTS were extremely professional and thorough. We felt that the intense level of training we recieved was more than what we expected and would easily prepare us for work in the civilian world.

It seems that this was definitely the case as Pete and Dennis are now drivers for Watson’s Fuels in  Collumpton and Totnes they were able to pass a driving assessment and ADR  written exam with ease and were chosen above other candidates. Richard is now working for Adrian Lewis, a haulage company in Ystradgynlais, after a recommendation from one of the instructors from COTS.

We would all like to thank the training team and admin staff in assisting our transition in to civilian life and helping us on to our new career paths. We would all recommend COTS to assist in training needs.