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

One-in-ten veterans leaving the military will face long-term unemployment, a new study claims.

Research for the Veterans Employment Transition Support VETS programme warns even more will have skills that employers are not using. According to the new study, 85,000 people are expected to leave the military in the next five years with 1-in-10 facing long-term unemployment.

The research was discussed on BBC Breakfast, with Adam Bonner of Forces Recruitment Services addressing some of the issues ex-military personnel face when looking for employment once they leave the military. He also spoke about how Service Leavers can add value to a business, thanks to their tangible skills and personal attributes.

This is why we at SaluteMyJob see our most important role as helping employers implement structured Armed Forces or veterans’ programmes and thereby inform and increase demand for them as employees in the private sector.
— Andrew Jackson

Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson, said: “The discussion between (reporter) and Adam Bonner of Forces Recruitment Services on BBC Breakfast this morning was spot on. It reinforced the message to employers that former Service men and women have skills and experience of value to employers and also highlighted the difficulty many of us face turning our acquired military knowledge, skills and experienced into the foreign language of commercial employers. 

“Adam was right to say that ex-military jobseekers find themselves at a significant disadvantage when it comes to presenting themselves as competitive candidates for jobs in commercial companies. This is why we at SaluteMyJob see our most important role as helping employers implement structured Armed Forces or veterans' programmes and thereby inform and increase demand for them as employees in the private sector.”

You can watch Adam Bonner's interview here. 

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