Hundreds of military veterans have answered a different call to the front line as part of the UK’s battle with Coronavirus.
Teams of former armed forces personnel are once again in the line of duty by playing a pivotal part in the Government’s programme to provide COVID-19 tests at drive-through centres across the country.
Many have been recruited by security firm SSGC, based in Swindon, which in total has mobilised 700 thoroughly-vetted security guards and marshals in a matter of weeks to help marshal the testing centres as a supplier to both Serco and Sodexo, which are managing a number of centres on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
SSGC is supplying staff to 28 testing centres across the country.
SSGC Managing Director David Stubbs, himself a former military police officer, is behind the drive to provide veterans with a second chance to serve their country, after signing the Armed Forces Covenant, an undertaking to support the welfare and wellbeing of uniformed personnel who have served their country.
Kate Davies, Director of Health and Justice and Armed Forces, said, “It’s fantastic that veterans are stepping up to support the country once again in the fight against COVID-19.
“We at NHS England and NHS Improvement are hugely grateful to them for providing their expertise and skillset at testing centres across England in this time of need.”
David Stubbs added, “The business signed up to the Armed Forced Covenant and we take that commitment very seriously.
“As a result, we have been able to use our automated vetting capability, which allows the rapid scaling of personnel, to place more than 700 security guards and marshals across the country – many of whom are distinguished military veterans.
“It’s hugely important to us to support veterans, many of whom have lost jobs or positions they have worked hard to achieve since leaving the forces.
“They are doing a truly excellent job as part of this huge national effort and we’re delighted to be able to provide such trusted and experienced personnel.”
SSGC is a security specialist in the facilities management, retail, education, logistics and healthcare sectors, now being on target to be in the top 30 security businesses in the UK.
Pictured above: David Stubbs, Managing Director, SSGC