The SME's Perspective on Employing Veterans

The SME's Perspective on Employing Veterans

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.

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How employing ex-military personnel can benefit SME's

How employing ex-military personnel can benefit SME's

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.

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Why SME's should take advantage of the veteran talent pool

Why SME's should take advantage of the veteran talent pool

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.

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The challenges and benefits of employing veterans as a Small Business

The challenges and benefits of employing veterans as a Small Business

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.

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33 employers awarded gold for supporting the Armed Forces

33 employers awarded gold for supporting the Armed Forces

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.

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As an employer could you do more for veterans?

As an employer could you do more for veterans?

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”.

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Transition - from generic to individual

Transition - from generic to individual

Andrew Jackson, MD of SaluteMyJob tells us why tailoring your CV is more likely to help you the job you want when you transition out of the military. 

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SaluteMyJob Newsletter: July 2017

SaluteMyJob Newsletter: July 2017

For this month’s newsletter, we will be delving deeper into the Inspire section of the Capitalising on military talent: Everything you need to know about employing veterans toolkit, looking at how to inspire and prepare veterans for civilian employment by offering skills and conversion training.

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How to Inspire and Prepare Veterans For Civilian Employment: Offer Skills and Conversion Training

How to Inspire and Prepare Veterans For Civilian Employment: Offer Skills and Conversion Training

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.

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Top Tips: How to provide skills and conversion training to former and transitioning military personnel

Top Tips: How to provide skills and conversion training to former and transitioning military personnel

Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson, offers his top tips to employers on how to offer conversion training to transitioning and ex-military personnel.

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How offering conversion training to ex-military personnel can help close the notable skills gap in cybersecurity

How offering conversion training to ex-military personnel can help close the notable skills gap in cybersecurity

SaluteMyJob interviewed head of IBM's Security Division in Europe, Julian Meyrick, a former Regimental Signals Officer, who served for six years in the Royal Green Jackets in the British Army. Mr Meyrick discusses how veterans are a valuable talent pool that could help fill the large number of vacant cybersecurity roles and how offering conversion training to ex-military personnel is a way of addressing and closing this notable gap.

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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides £40,000 grant to support 350 ex-Army jobseekers into commercial employment

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides £40,000 grant to support 350 ex-Army jobseekers into commercial employment

SaluteMyJob has been awarded £40,000 by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. This grant will help to improve the competitiveness of 350 ex-Army jobseekers by providing a unique programme of employment support activities.

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85,000 ex-military people available to fill employers' skills gaps

85,000 ex-military people available to fill employers' skills gaps

Research for the Veterans Employment Transition Support (VETS) programme has estimated that one-in-ten veterans leaving the military in the next five years will face long-term unemployment.

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Almost 100 veterans now qualified as data analysts thanks to SaluteMyJob, IBM and the Corsham Institute

Almost 100 veterans now qualified as data analysts thanks to SaluteMyJob, IBM and the Corsham Institute

SaluteMyJob, IBM and the Corsham Institute are pleased to announce that, through their unique partnership,  a further seven Armed Forces veterans and Service leavers are now qualified as data analysts.

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Why should you become a volunteer with the RAF Air Cadets?

Why should you become a volunteer with the RAF Air Cadets?

Jo Parkes is a Project Officer at RAF Air Cadet headquarters and has been since 2004. She always wanted to be become a volunteer after she joined as a cadet 10 years earlier when she was 15. Jo chats to SaluteMyJob about how employers and ex-Service men and women can get involved with the air cadets - and how rewarding being a volunteer can be.

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Veterans' First Point of Contact

Veterans' First Point of Contact

To coincide with the launch of Veterans’ Gateway, SaluteMyJob interviewed a number of ex-military personnel for individual case studies, showcasing the struggles - and the achievements of ex-military personnel who have transitioned into Civvy Street. ‘Veterans’ Gateway’ is promising to revolutionise a military charity sector by providing a first point of contact for veterans seeking support.

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Former Warrant Officer to Prison Officer - and Hollywood extra

Former Warrant Officer to Prison Officer - and Hollywood extra

Carl Salmond is a former Warrant Officer 1st Class with the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. He left the Army in 2008 after 22 years of exemplary military service. He has since gained extensive experience as a security consultant, managing and leading close protection and surveillance teams and facilitating and delivering security training courses. Since leaving the Army, Carl has also starred alongside Hollywood stars, taking on extra roles through a military casting agency and is about to begin a new career as a Prison Officer. 

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Former Lance Corporal looking for the right job

Former Lance Corporal looking for the right job

Craig Slicker, a former Lance Corporal left the Infantry in 2013 after 17-years’ service. After being made redundant, Craig has continued to struggle to find the right role which suits his experience and skills. He believes Veterans’ Gateway will be a great tool for people struggling to find work and adjust to life outside the military - something he is still battling.

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Former Army Corporal with PTSD now studying for a Degree

Former Army Corporal with PTSD now studying for a Degree

Andrew McAtee is a former Substantive Corporal in the Army. He joined in 1994 and left in 2016 after 22 years’ service, starting his career with the Royal Irish Regiment for 14 years, transferring to The Rifles in 2009, then moving to Preston for the final two years to 3 Medical Regiment. Andrew was medically discharged and was deemed unfit to work, due to a shoulder injury sustained in Afghanistan and PTSD and is currently studying for a degree at Salford University.

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