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Matthew Malley

Matthew Malley served in the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards for 10 years as an infantryman. During his career, he trained and received many qualifications in security, driving and team leading. Matt deployed on numerous operational tours; he deployed to Afghanistan twice and once to Bosnia, as well as many overseas exercises.

During his second operational tour in Afghanistan, Matt sustained multiple injuries to his chest, shoulder and back from an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), which resulted in lifelong damage. Because of the severity of his injuries, Matt could no longer fulfil the requirements of an infantry soldier, due to the highly demanding physical aspects of the job, and subsequently Matt was medically discharged.

For Matt, this was an extremely challenging time. After sustaining his injuries, Matt had hoped to fully recover and continue his Army career, but instead he was told that his career was over. For Matt, his career was his life, and he now had to try and find a new purpose. In the years that followed his injuries, after several surgeries and intense rehabilitation, Matt was in a much better frame of mind, and had come to terms with the fact that he was being medically discharged. This acceptance gave him a huge motivational push.

Matt was supported by one of the MoD’s Personal Recovery Units, which encouraged new challenges and exploration of new avenues. He attended an event with the Forces’ Motorsport Charity, Mission Motorsport, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014, which opened his eyes to the motor industry. This was where he realised his passion for all things automotive, and decided it was the career path he wanted to pursue. With assistance from the charity, his Recovery Unit and the Career Transition Partnership (Assist), Matt attended an insight day at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and from there, he decided he’d like to try and gain a work placement.

Due to his injuries, a bespoke placement package was put together through the Wounded, Injured and Sick Placement Programme at JLR, which enabled him to explore many areas including Business Protection, Design, Special Vehicle Operations, Postal and Freight, Site Services/Environmental and Manufacturing.
Wherever Matt went, his new JLR colleagues were astounded with his attitude and work ethic, and his eagerness to absorb new information and learn new skills. On completion of the month-long placement he was offered a job with Site Services within the Environmental Department.

Matt said: “What a result – offered a job in a booming global business, I couldn’t of hoped for a better outcome. I’m now starting a new chapter with Jaguar Land Rover, a true supporter of the military. I would like to thank everybody who took the time to get involved in the WIS programme. I would recommend joining JLR on a work placement to see where you fit. I hope this inspires others to take this journey”.