How to fill your skills gap with service leavers

BUSINESSES are being invited to find out how service leavers can help plug their company’s skills gaps at a special City of London event.

The City Branch of the Institute of Directors seminar, Business and Military – Good Talent Fit?, will allow businesses to find out how ex-military personnel can greatly add to the performance of their organisation.

Guest speakers include General Sir Nick Parker, chairman of SaluteMyJob, Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security, Sarah Griffiths, business manager, human resources at Santander UK and Trudy Mensa-Bonsu, regional employer engagement director at the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

Businesses attending the event can learn how other employers, particularly Santander and BT which are examples of best practice in the field, are reaping the benefits of bespoke programmes designed to capitalise on ex-military talent.

Many companies employ former Servicemen and women to great effect and recognise the value they add. Similarly, many ex-military people find their way to good jobs and successful second careers. However, employer demand is changing - critical shortages in fields such as cyber security, operations and programme and project management present growing risks if skills gaps are not filled.

In the current economic environment where talent is becoming scarcer, some 15,000 people leave the services annually, and there are 35,000 Reservists employed in companies in the UK.

The event will demonstrate how putting energy and effort into recruiting services leavers, especially in structured, resourced programmes, will positively impact a company’s bottom line.

Delegates will also be able to network with other employers, exchanging information and insights, and learn from our expert panel of speakers.

The event, on Thursday, February 8, runs from 6.30pm until 8.30pm at the BT Centre at 81 Newgate Street, London. Tickets cost £20.83 plus VAT for IOD members and £25 plus VAT for non-members.

Places at the event can be booked via the IOD website.