Capitalising on military talent toolkit

GUIDANCE on how to capitalise on the talent stream offered by Armed Forces leavers is now available in a user-friendly online toolkit.

Employers looking to hire ex-military personnel can access Capitalising on military talent: How to develop an Armed Forces friendly recruitment practice which offers a range of practical suggestions to help businesses attract, recruit and retain ex-military talent.

Developing a veteran employment programme

The toolkit, created by BITC Scotland in partnership with SaluteMyJob, guides businesses through a three-step programme with detailed guidance on how to develop and implement veteran employment programmes.

Veterans come with a wide range of soft and hard skills easily translatable into civilian employment and can help to fill the skills gaps affecting many businesses. Many employers are missing out on this talent stream because of a lack of knowledge about the military or negative preconceptions.

Service leavers still face a number of barriers that hold them back from fulfilling their potential, with many struggling to translate their skill set in a manner that resonates with employers. In addition, many employers simply don’t know enough about military hierarchies and culture to interpret military CVs and job applications.

Developed with input from leading employers, BITC Scotland’s toolkit will equip business leaders and HR professionals with the knowledge and expertise needed to set up an effective ex-military employment programme. Employers making the extra effort to support veterans into meaningful second careers will be rewarded with loyal, skilled and committed employees. The programme is supported by the Scottish Government.

Veterans are a significant asset to businesses

Keith Brown, Veterans Minister, who launched the toolkit earlier this year, said: “Veterans and their families are a significant asset to businesses and I am committed to continuing to work with employers and partners to focus our efforts on boosting their career opportunities once they leave the Armed Forces.

“Employers can benefit from the extensive range of skills and experience veterans can offer and this toolkit could help companies recruit and retain talented veterans. It offers employers real working examples of best practice and outlines how they can enhance their offering to veterans. I hope that the toolkit will encourage businesses to recognise the positive contribution veterans can make to their workforce – those of whom we ask so much, deserve nothing less.”

Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson, said: “Employers are keen to mentor and support other employers who are using the Toolkit to build new programmes. We look forward to providing professional advice and support to employers in any way we can”.