Veolia is proud to employ ex-servicemen and women, and has many employees working across Staffordshire who have joined the company after spending time in the armed forces. With Remembrance Day this week Veolia wanted to share the experience of one of its employees who has taken the step from the military back into civilian life.
Adam Thornton joined the Royal Navy in 1991 as a Marine Engineer Mechanic. During his 22 years’ service with the Navy he rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 2013 the time came for him to leave the Navy having seen active duty on submarines in numerous worldwide deployments.
After leaving the Navy Adam joined Veolia as a Shift Team leader at their state of the art Energy Recovery Facility in Four Ashes, Wolverhampton. He brought with him his vast experience of engineering and training skills. Faced with new challenges in a new industrial environment, he embraced the challenge full on.
Speaking about his role with Veolia, Adam said: “At first, I found it easy adjusting to my new life but I don't mind admitting there have been times when I have missed the comradery that I had in the Royal Navy. But I think that this happens and you adjust to your new surroundings and I am fully settled in my new life now with its new challenges every day. My experiences also helped me to gain the confidence to make quick decisions, often in pressurised situations.
“Wearing my Poppy gives me a time for reflection and appreciation of those who have served. It is important to honour with pride those that have lost their lives but also those that carry on serving in our armed forces”.
Scott Francis, Plant Manager for the ERF in Staffordshire commented: ““Adam has made a great transition into life here at Veolia. The energy recovery plant in Staffordshire is generating renewable energy from Staffordshire’s waste every day, so it’s important it keeps working, and Adam’s brilliant engineering and leadership skills help to make that happen. He’s a great asset to the team.
“We always encourage ex-service men and woman to join us here at Veolia in Stafford. There are so many valuable skills that they gain in the forces that lend themselves to the work we do here. They also have an exceptional attitude to work, taking so much pride in their job. And they have the ability to keep calm under intense pressure. All these qualities, which are essential in the military, are also highly sought-after within our industry.
“Another reason is our culture. The team is a big part of life here, just as it is in the armed forces. Everyone is expected to look out for each other and we all work together to get the job done.
“We are delighted to have Adam and all of our ex-service men on board