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27 January 2017

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Armed forces veterans are finding new career opportunities with the help of Christopher Moon, a reservist with 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron at RAF Wittering.

Senior Aircraftman Christopher Moon of No. 504 (County of Nottingham) Sqn RAuxAF

Christopher left full time employment with the RAF after 13 years of service in February 2014. Having gained his project management qualifications, he worked as a freelance consultant before setting up his own recruitment company to find new careers for armed forces veterans.

Chris said: “The Royal Air Force supported me brilliantly in preparing for life in Civvy-Street, but a lot of employers just don’t get the service mind-set and so I struggled. Once I’d got my head round that, I knew I could help other ex-Service personnel who were trying for a new start.”

The Currys uniform complemented by the official veteran badge

He continued: “There wasn’t anything wrong with me, but that ‘stand up straight, shoulders back and chest out’ culture and straightforwardness that we need in the military might seem unusual to a prospective employer. So it’s about engaging with and educating those prospective employers and ex-Service personnel.”

So far, Conduit Engagement has placed six veterans into gainful employment and is helping more. Forces veteran Shane Negus was successfully placed at Currys after linking up with Conduit engagement. He said: “My life has made a huge change and I am now in a great place.”

Chris Moon with forces veteran Shane Negus, now working at Currys

You can find out more about Conduit Engagement at http://www.conduitengagement.co.uk/

Before joining 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron at RAF Wittering, Chris was employed with No. 1 (Expeditionary Logistics) Squadron which is also based at the Cambridgeshire Station. His experience as a Royal Air Force supplier made him invaluable to Wittering’s reserve unit.

Chris Moon at work

Christopher formed Conduit Engagement seven months ago and has had no difficulty integrating the two sides of his working life. 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force trains military chefs, drivers and suppliers. Once fully trained the chefs, drivers and suppliers support deployed RAF operations across the world and at home.

Group Captain Rich Pratley is RAF Wittering Station Commander. He said: “Chris is rightly building on the excellent provision the Royal Air Force makes for those who are leaving the service. Having someone with actual service experience out there can be a real help to a veteran looking for work.”

He continued: “Chris is using his own experience to provide valuable help to other ex-Service personnel and keep himself employed. SAC Moon is also giving something back to the RAF and his country by re-joining as a reservist. This is balanced, socially responsible entrepreneurship and I absolutely support it.”

Editor: Ed Palmer

Photographer: Cpl Paul Robertshaw & Supplied Images

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