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Mark Darraugh

Mark joined the Junior Leaders Regiment straight from school in 1988 for the Royal Artillery near Nuneaton, and was with the Hornby Troops., He played cricket for the Royal Artillery and football for his Regiment 94 Loc Reg, RA for most of his Army life. He had been to Cyprus and Norway and then Northern Ireland and his regiment were thinking of sending him back to Ireland but he had been thinking about travelling the world so he decided to discharge in 1993 in order to travel and explore other options as he enjoyed being in other countries and sightseeing.

After travelling he found it very hard to secure any employment but then met someone who worked in the Gas industry who gave him an insight into this field of employment, Mark then contacted a few colleges and went on to gain qualifications as a Mechanical Engineer and then gained his HNC qualification in Construction and Property. Mark also gained SMSTS certificates. Mark worked for different companies including Enterprise PLC. Mark has over 15 years experience in the Gas industry.

Mark left the industry for a couple of years to help look after his father who sadly passed away last year. Shortly afterwards Mark worked for a local company but due to working away all the time and being on a zero hours contract decided to leave. Mark had applied to over 100 jobs, after visiting the local job centre who gave him information and literature on The Royal British Legion and also CivvyStreet.

Mark contacted CivvyStreet and was later awarded funding for a Smart Meter Installation course, gaining the Gas Safety CCN1, Met 1 and CPA1 , which he has now completed. Mark starts his employment on the 6th February 2017 with Amey

Mark was already registered with CivvyStreet as he had used the job search system but had not looked into the other services we provide and he did not think that there was help for people like him and he was not aware that the CivvyStreet services are available to all serving and ex service men and women, and says he feels very humbled by the experience.

Mark said that without the funding he received it would have been almost impossible to source the money himself as he has a young family and his wife cannot work due to a disability.

Mark is very happy and is looking forward to working with Amey who have continuous contracts with in the gas industry as well as other projects around the UK, including renewable, Telecoms etc.

Mark says that The Royal British legion and CivvyStreet turned his application around for him in ten days and he is very grateful to all involved who helped to fast track things for him, he cannot say thank you enough and he will recommend CivvyStreet to any friends or colleagues who require additional support.

Published: 2017-03-06
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