Success stories from our forces leavers

OMS Student Profile – Carl Ormerod

Carl Ormerod 214x300When leaving the forces and entering back into civvy street, it can be a daunting and difficult transition. Adjusting back into home life can be unsettling and leave you feeling a little lost. When Carl Ormerod an ex-Royal Marine joined us to attend the NEBOSH NGC then his NEBOSH Construction, with his environmental background and forces experience we felt that he had the skills and attributes that would be valued as an employee. Ensuring that you have the relevant qualifications to gain the understanding in the industry that you feel you want move into can be the stepping stone to readjusting back into civilian life. Many of our trainers are ex-service personnel themselves, so they understand the challenges you are facing. Here’s what Carl had to say:

“I first attended the NEBOSH NGC with OMS in 2008, when I was medically discharged from the Royal Marines after 10 years’ service. I found the style of teaching, content of the course and the friendliness of the other delegates such a surprise, as I was not expecting to get so much out of it, or enjoy it so much! I have since taken NEBOSH Construction with OMS as well and was delighted to get a DISTINCTION in that at the end of last year. These qualifications have helped me obtain a new career and get my life back on track.”

OMS Student Profile – Barry Wall

Barry Wall 300x258Barry enlisted in January 1994 and left in April 2009, as a Lance Corporal. He served for 12 years in the Coldstream Guards, where he was a Guardsman and then a Lance Corporal in the Regimental Police. He served with the Military Working Dog Unit in Iraq, as a Coldstreamer, in 2004 and transferred in 2006. He then served for 3 years in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, where he was a Phase II Training Instructor and Class II Dog Trainer.

When asked about the career transition he went through, Barry claims this was actually quite painless. Barry chose Health and Safety as a career, as he felt this is a profession with structure and it is a disciplined career field. This appealed to him, as attention to detail and carrying out inspections play a big part in the role of both Guardsman and the health and safety professional.

Barry chose to study with OMS through the ELCAS system. Their information stood out to him and “the range of courses on offer were fantastic”. He achieved his NEBOSH NGC, Construction & Fire Certificate, though a discounted package. Barry continues, “I was so impressed with my training, I then arranged for my staff to undertake much needed training also. The training was carried out by professional, approachable instructors with a wealth of subject matter knowledge and relevant experience in the subjects”.

Since training with OMS, Barry has secured a new role as an Occupational Health and Safety Manager at RAF Lakenheath. Barry states:

“the training I received at OMS was invaluable. The courses I took allowed me to achieve my goal of a career in the health and safety career field. In particular, I would like to thank my tutor for his diligence and expert instruction during my courses. His style of instruction allows the students to grow and develop as health and safety professionals, to him I am, and will always be, grateful”.

OMS is a preferred supplier and Approved Learning Provider to the CTP and Enhanced Learning Credits scheme and currently offer a wide selection discounted packages for forces leavers.

We have produced specific discounted packages for forces personnel, to enable you to attend our courses, getting the most from your ELCAS funding. To find out more please call us on 0845 199 1912, email us at or go to