We are proud to announce that forces veteran Andy Reid is to become our first Morson Ambassador.
Corporal Andy Reid lost both his legs and right arm after stepping on an IED plate whilst serving with the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009. After spending only 2 weeks in hospital before returning home after his injury, Andy is a testament to overcoming adversity with a positive mindset.
Andy was chosen as a Morson Ambassador as his determination, optimism and integrity means that he is a role model, not only for the ex-forces, but for the wider community. We are sure he will be an inspiration for our candidates, clients and staff.
We chatted with Andy about his involvement with Morson and how he aims to use this to get more ex-forces personnel into employment.
After speaking at Morson’s half yearly conference in Gleneagles last summer and thought it would be a great opportunity to be an ambassador for Morson Group as they employ a lot of veterans and do a lot of work with the ex-forces. Within Morson, their standards and values are high and fall in line with what I was taught in the armed forces. They really related across to me.
Andy Reid joined Ged Mason, Simon Orange and 100 veterans at Sale Sharks to sign the Armed Forces covenant at a ceremony before the Sale v Saracens game last Friday. We asked him about his experience …
Being alongside (Morson CEO) Ged and the other members of the armed forces at Sale Sharks to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, was absolutely fantastic. It was great for a club like Sale to get involved and get behind the armed forces.
I would encourage any company to get behind the armed forces and sign the covenant to help support guys like myself and other veterans who are trying to move their lives forward.
Andy also joined Morson representatives at the CTP event, hosted at the AJ Bell Stadium last week. The CTP helps ex-service personnel find a new civilian career and help employers recruit the best talent. We asked Andy about the ex-forces people he spoke to at the event and what their challenges were in the job market …
At the CTP, the main thing I found from the veterans was the language barrier. We have military speak, where we know what we’re talking about to each other but the civilian worlds speak differently. I think it was useful for me to be a buffer on the other side of the desk for the veterans to have a quick chat with about their background and then pass them onto the Morson recruitment specialist who can offer them career advice.
Morson are just at the start of exploring the Ambassador programme and we asked Andy how he hopes the relationship with Morson will develop and grow over the coming years…
I hope to develop the relationship with Morson by meeting more of the employee’s. Hopefully helping to recruit more armed forces personnel. There’s a lot of guys out their who’ve got great skills and when they leave the armed forces some of those skills aren’t used anymore. I can see where within Morson Group those skills can be used.
There’s a lot that the armed forces can offer when they leave service and Morson is an ideal place for them to explore that.
Adrian Head, Morson client development manager, who knows Andy well explains why Andy Reid is such an inspiration and a great ambassador for Morson…
Andy’s been through a lot of adversity himself, but he doesn’t lose sight of people who are less fortunate than he is. He’s able to connect with these people. He understands that coming out of a period of the navy, army or airforce and trying to transition across into civvy street can be difficult.
Morson have a demonstrable track record of putting ex-forces people into work, assignments and permanent employment and we want to build on this. We want to put that something back and Andy is going to be able to help us do that.
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