To find out more about SME's who are actively employing veterans, SaluteMyJob has interviewed Chesterfield Cylinders, DOGFI.SH and Waves, who all offer their own unique insight into employing veterans, telling us about the benefits to their business and their top tips for SME's looking to hire ex-military personal.
Waves is a Learning and Organisational Development Company, providing consultancy to the military and commercial sectors, in the UK and Middle East, founded by Lou Whiting, a former Army Officer. SaluteMyJob chats to the director and owner about setting up your own business post-transition, the benefits of employing from the military community, the transferable soft and hard skills of ex-military personnel and she offers some top tips for SME’s looking to employ veterans.
SME Chesterfield Cylinders is an award-winning designer and manufacturer of high pressure gas containment systems. In this case study, we get an insight into employing veterans and the reasons why all businesses should take advantage of the huge veteran talent pool, from Managing Director Mick Pinder. We also chat to an ex-military employee who offers his own insight into transitioning into commercial employment and the valuable, transferable skills that helped him secure a job - and quick promotion.
In this case study, we chat to Simon Cole, Operations Director of Enterprise mobility specialists DOGFI.SH Mobile. Simon reports a number of challenges in actively trying to engage with and recruit veterans - but also offers an insight into the benefits of employing veterans, offering his own top tips to other SME's.
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards is the highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. Seven recipients of 2014 ERS Gold Awards have retained their Gold status and a further 33 employers have been awarded Gold, it was announced this week by The Ministry of Defence.
In its new 'Continue to Employment' Report, the Forces in Mind Trust concludes that “employers could and should do more to seek out and recognise the ex-Service man or woman and the skills and experiences they possess”.
Providing preparatory, induction or role-specific skills training helps veterans succeed more quickly in your business. Given the difference to their military way of life and culture, ‘conversion’ training provides an essential introduction to an unfamiliar commercial environment.