Veterans Minister Keith Brown MSP officially launched a toolkit yesterday, written by Business in the Community Scotland, in partnership with SaluteMyJob, to help businesses embrace the skills of veterans and support ex-military personnel into second careers.
The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2016 has been published by the MOD setting out the major achievement of the Covenant and highlights remaining challenges and new commitments. We take a look at some of the key findings, in particular focusing on the Covenant and employers.
In recent weeks, five reports have been published on the subject of veterans’ employment. For this month’s special edition newsletter, we have put together a White Paper, extracting the positive data from the reports to emphasise the narrative that promotes veterans as assets to business.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has published a second follow-up report from the Veterans' Transition Review (published in February 2014). The follow-up report shows some positive progress concerning veterans transition, specifically education and training, resettlement and employment, housing, health, welfare and the Armed Forces Covenant.
A comprehensive report, published today by Deloitte in collaboration with Armed Forces charities the Forces in Mind Trust and the Officers’ Association, reveals a “stark disconnect between the rhetoric and the reality” of veteran employment. We take a look at some of the key findings in the report, which features recommendations on what more can be done to support veteran employment, from Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson.
A paper examining the effects and purposes of the Armed Forces Covenant and how organisations are putting corporate and the community covenants in to use, has been published. Over the past 12 months, Nationwide Building Society has sponsored RUSI to engage with the government on policy and planning for the Armed Forces Covenant, commercial organisations who have signed a Covenant pledge and military beneficiaries and their families.
A comprehensive report by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner looking at improving learning and employment opportunities for the veterans community in Scotland has been published. The report covers major ground, exploring the core subjects of ‘Securing Employment’, ‘Qualifications and Skills’ and ‘Further and Higher Education’. SaluteMyJob looks at some of the key findings, specifically focusing on securing employment, strategic leadership and the vital need for more to be done to ensure the qualifications and skills gained while serving, are more widely recognised by employers.
Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change (DSC) have released the Sector Insight: Armed Forces Charities in Scotland report, to help to inform Scotland’s policy direction and those working within the charity sector. The publication looks in depth into the finances, purposes and functions of more than 300 Armed Forces charities, including those that operate on both sides of the border.
Call To Mind: A Framework for Action report, commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust and conducted by Community Innovations Enterprise, highlights that while Scotland has one of the most robust mental and related health support structures for veterans in the UK, there are gaps in provision and specific areas where further improvements could be made. The report provides the findings from a review of the mental and related health needs of veterans in Scotland.
The Our Community – Our Covenant report, jointly commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and Local Government Association (LGA), looks at ways to improve the local delivery of the Government’s Armed Forces Covenant. The comprehensive report found that 38% of Armed Forces Community members felt disadvantaged as a result of their service, the report also identified in some aspects a discrepancy between what is perceived to be the Covenant’s remit, and what is actually being delivered.
The issue of cyber security and the widening skills gap hit the headlines again this month. On October 13th, the Corsham Institute launched their Thought Leadership Report for 2016 at a House of Lords reception, with over 150 guests representing academia, industry, Government and non-government organisations.
An annual report providing estimates on the size and socio-demographic characteristics of the UK veteran population has been published by the Ministry of Defence. At SaluteMyJob we are particularly interested in the data concerning veterans and employment status – with some promising statistics, including data that showed there were no notable differences in the employment status of working age UK Armed Forces veterans when compared to non-veterans.
In a comprehensive review of available research by the Royal British Legion, the charity looks at the most recent veteran employment rates and explores the benefits of recruiting ex-military personnel - showing how the Government and employers can help breakdown the barriers facing military jobseekers.
A RECENT report by the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA, describes what it calls a “forgotten army” of veterans. The major report from SSAFA, The New Frontline: Voices of Veterans in need, which surveyed nearly 1,000 veterans it has helped, shines a rare spotlight on the issues facing younger veterans.
In today’s climate of increased awareness around health and mental health issues and the important role they play in helping people lead healthy lives, there has been a significant move towards supporting veterans and their families in their transition to non-military life. In response to this York St John University has developed a strategy to engage health and social care staff in supporting veterans and their families within the wider community. This report provides information about the current impact of our CPD training.
The Poppy Factory have released a report which discusses the subject the challenges experienced by veterans in gaining and retaining civilian employment, the barriers to employment for people with mental health problems and what works in supporting veterans with a mental health condition into employment.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC published the Veterans' Transition Review in February 2014. He made a number of recommendations concerning education and training, resettlement and employment, housing, health, welfare and the third sector, finance, advocacy and the Armed Forces covenant, information provision, and reservists. Lord Ashcroft has published a follow up report after one year to comment on the progress being made in implementing these recommendations.
This publication is a quarterly report providing information on the number of military personnel in, joining and leaving, the UK Regular and Non-Regular Forces, and the Reserve Forces. It complements the UK Armed Forces Monthly Personnel Report by providing greater detail about the sex, ethnicity and rank of the Armed Forces.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC published the Veterans' Transition Review in February 2014. The review looks in detail at many aspects of transition including training, employment, health, housing, welfare and finance.
In November 2014 The Royal British Legion (working with the Forces in Mind Trust) published the results of the largest survey to date of the UK ex-Service community, looking at its size, profile and needs, which has been undertaken in the last ten years.
In March 2015, The Scottish Veterans Commissioner published this report 'Transition in Scotland'. The purpose of this report is to address aspects of the transition, provide a Scottish perspective of the transition process and offer suggestions as to how Service Leavers might be treated when they decide to settle in Scotland.
The armed forces covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families, and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.
Many employers see value in hiring veterans. However they often ask us at SaluteMyJob to help support their internal business case with research backed evidence. This research by Syracuse University in the US is just as applicable to veterans in the UK.