Connor's Story

“I see it as going from one service that protects life to another that does the same,” says former soldier Connor Lloyd, who has just joined Cadent’s field force team.

Connor, 23, originally from Ashton-in-Makerfield, but now living in St Helens, has just joined the North West’s gas emergency service as an apprentice.

It has been a whirlwind couple of years – serving overseas on operational tours, being part of both the Queen’s funeral and King’s Coronation ceremonies, moving home and starting a new job, and soon to become a dad for the first time.

The former Grenadier Guard is following in the family footsteps by joining Cadent: his dad Gareth and uncle Chris both work for the company.

“The job is all about protecting people’s lives, and it’s all about understanding processes and following your training, and keeping calm pressure” said Connor, “so, there are a lot of similarities with the military.”

“There’s also that adrenalin rush – which is what I need – because, while most calls you get might turn out to be nothing of significance, every single one could be about keeping people safe in a real emergency.”

Cadent is committed to supporting former and serving members of the armed forces, and their families, having earned the Ministry of Defence's Armed Forces Covenant Employers Recognition Gold Award last year.