Are Veterans The Answer To The UK Skills Gap?

The UK skills shortfall is getting bigger, yet a deep well of talent remains largely untapped: ex-military personnel. This is something we believe at SaluteMyJob and an observation that has been made in an article about Barclays AFTER programme and VETS - the Veterans Employment Transition Support service.

A report, from minutehack.com, highlights how ex-forces personnel, with their wealth of transferable skills, (including leadership, teamwork, strategic planning and problem solving that bring huge value to the civilian workplace), could provide part of the answer to the UK skills gap problem.  The article also draws attention to some interesting research from Barclays AFTER programme that revealed:

  • Finding a civilian job is the biggest concern for almost half of those (49%) leaving the Armed Forces.
  • Almost a quarter (23%) felt they weren’t able to explain their Armed Forces experience well on a CV or job application,
  • (25%) felt that a civilian interviewer had preconceptions about them and their suitability for the role because of their time in the Armed Forces.

To read the article in full and to find out more about the Barclay AFTER programme and VETS, click here.