Hero military and NHS veterans have played a key role in helping the country fight coronavirus.
Many have offered their vital skills and experience to work at testing centres up and down the country.
Ex-Military Police Officer David Stubbs (below) from Hull is MD of SSGC security. He worked for nine weeks straight to get Covid-19 test sites up and running.
The 49-year-old’s firm has taken on 1300 extra staff to provide security guards and traffic marshals to Covid testing centres – and hundreds of them are veterans.
It was no easy job to get Serco and Sodexo’s 28 test centres and three mobile units up and running quickly, but David worked tirelessly throughout.
“It’s a great privilege to be involved in what we are doing for the country,” he says.
“It’s an immensely proud moment for me personally, and for the business, to be involved in this. I worked without a day’s break for nine weeks to get everything up and running and stable.
“There are times in the military when it doesn’t matter how long you go to work for, you do your job because it absolutely needs doing.
“That’s exactly where we are today: the job needs doing and therefore if it’s a Friday night, Saturday morning, it doesn’t matter. The work has priority.”
Hero David and his staff drew on their military skills and determination to keep going.
“It was all about recruiting the right people fast,” he adds. “We’ve taken on about 200 veterans so far. I’m one myself so I know vets come with a fair standard of discipline, a common language and they’re used to standing for long periods of time. Around Covid-19 testing we need a highly disciplined workforce to make sure we are managing the risks.”
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