This month a number of leading UK employers will be opening up their graduate and apprentice training schemes to find the future talent of their organisation. Graduate training schemes can be a valuable stepping stone between the adult workplace and working life. But with over 15,000 people leaving the UK armed forces between April 2017 and March 2018, SaluteMyJob asks - are businesses missing a trick by not also running a veterans’ training programme alongside their graduate or apprenticeship programmes and thereby helping bridge the gap between military life and the civilian workplace?
Help with workplace transition
The majority of employers invest in their own bespoke graduate and/or apprenticeship schemes to make it easier to transition into a workplace environment and provide graduates with the skills and experience to become successful in their chosen field. We believe it also makes good business sense to provide similar opportunities to ex-military personnel, who represent significant potential assets to business. Veterans can bring a fresh perspective into an organisation and by creating a veteran training programme, you will be accessing a ready-made source of top talent, with a wide range of transferable skills - both hard and soft. A number of leading businesses offer veteran recruitment programmes, understanding the positive impact veterans can have on their business. So where do you start? Here are some tips to get you on your way to designing your own veteran training scheme….
Tip 1: Identify the business case for creating your veteran training scheme
Why target veterans? What will they bring to your workplace? Think about and communicate the business case for creating a bespoke veteran programme and convey to the rest of your workforce, the valuable skills and experience veterans can bring to your organisation. See our 5 reasons to employ veterans blog post for further guidance.
Tip 2: Connect with ex-military specialists
Nationally, there are a number of experienced charities and support agencies (SaluteMyJob being one of them) who can help you reach out to the military community and to interact with military jobseekers. Doing this will not only help strengthen your business case, but also give insight into the military community which is important prep work for designing your training scheme.
Tip 3: Offer work placements to former and transitioning military personnel
Creating work placement opportunities for Service Leavers is a win win situation for both your company and for former or transitioning military personnel. They are a great way for ex-Service men and women to gain vital first-hand experience of the civilian workplace and employers can find out more about the benefits of employing ex-military personnel. So offering a tailored work placement, before you create your veteran training programme would be incredibly beneficial. By doing so you will be able see where Service Leavers may fit best in your company.
Help setting up a veteran training scheme
For further advice on how to capitalise on military talent - see our free toolkit, for more details. And to find out in greater detail how SaluteMyJob can help you design your own veteran training programme, contact Tamsin@salutemyjob.com.