24 April 2013
The first of two commissioned officers in the British Army has started work with Telereal Trillium as part of a work placement scheme to help military personnel into new careers in the private sector.
Captain Martin Erving of the Royal Logistics Corp is working with the company for a month, to mid May, to get an insight into the role and responsibilities of a facilities manager (FM). In his first week, Martin saw the operational sharp end of the business working at one of Telereal Trillium’s larger sites, the Norcross campus in Blackpool, home to 1,800 people working for the Department for Work and Pensions.
Commenting on the placement, regional facilities manager, Mike Morgan, said, ‘To optimise the time Martin spends with us, we’ve dropped him in at the deep end, getting him out to meetings and different sites so he sees the spread of our business. It’s been a whirlwind tour for him and it’s been great to host him and to be able to share my FM skills and experience with him.’
Steve Castle, Telereal Trillium’s managing director facilities management services, highlighted the benefits: ‘This is a mutually beneficial exercise. The primary purpose, of course, is to give Martin the insight he needs to help him establish whether this is something he wants to do in the long run. But Martin has things to offer us from his experience in the army and give us a different perspective on life as well.’
For Martin the tour has started well: ‘It’s been an exciting time so far, meeting the service providers, getting to grips with the management and financial systems, and of course visiting the different sites. It was particularly interesting to see how technology is driving change through the use of iPads, which Telereal Trillium has recently started using to carry out site inspections. I’ve been very well integrated in to the company, which is brilliant, and the new experience makes a refreshing change. ‘