A FORMER serviceman has started a business in Newton Abbot to help get ex-forces men and women back into employment.
Steve Gaskell retired from a 28-year career in the infantry where he served in ranks from private soldier to captain and has now opened an ActionCOACH franchise in Newton Abbot.
He said: “I have been blessed a vibrant career holding the distinguished position of regimental sergeant major to being the welfare officer at Royal Artillery Barracks Woolwich, which was my last appointment.
“I was also a trainer at the Infantry Training Centre in the Brecon Beacons and have also been a platoon commander as an Enlisted Soldier on operations and held the coveted qualification of Master Coach.
“Having now retired officially, I have started my own business as a business coach.”
He added: “It saddens me when, from my own experience, I see service leavers departing the forces and not fully exploring or utilising their transferable skills.
“Our services offer a rich vein of quality individuals who would add immense value to a wide and diverse number of SMEs at the conclusion of their service.
“I am passionate about helping others and now, having taken my transferable skills, find myself as a director of my own business.
“I am also keen to assist and advise service leavers on their value and what can be achieved.”