Showcase your organisation to veterans with a military insight day

Hosting insight days are a great way of showcasing to ex-military job seekers what it is like to work for you and what roles may suit their skills. It also shows your commitment to employing veterans to the military community. So how do you host successful Military Insight Days? What are the business benefits? We asked BP and Virgin Money.

Charlotte Stacey, Early Careers Talent Partner at BP says: “With our Military Placement Programme, we only have one intake per year but I have a number of people contacting me regularly wanting to know more about the opportunities we have.  We felt if we held a Discovery Day, then Service leavers can come in and get a real experience of what it is like to work for us, rather than trying to put them in touch with individuals within the business on an ad-hoc basis. We also felt, although we have our Military Programme, we also have lots of other vacancies in our organisation so if an individual wanted to come and learn more, this was a great chance to do so. Hosting Insight Days are great way for the business to get exposure to the military talent pool.”

Nick Calder, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, now a Programme Manager at Virgin Money, says: “The motivation behind giving Service Leavers the opportunity to attend Insight Days was that military personnel have a great deal to offer the commercial world and that it was important to make sure that they have as much information as possible to make their move a success -  right from the start”.

Top tips for hosting a Military Insight Day

  • Get business buy in - to succeed, get the support and backing from the leaders of the business. Signing the Armed Forces Covenant is a sure way to get the backing you need and make hosting an event that much easier.
  • Utilise ex-military colleagues to help organise - having ex-military employees attend is important as they can tell their transition stories. They will also understand what service leavers want to get out of the event.
  • Promote the event through local military units and charities - make contact with the Officers’ Association and Career Transition Partnership. They can provide you with contact details of your local units.
  • Have a clear agenda for the event - ex-military personnel like to know what time to arrive, what to wear, what is expected of them and a clear itinerary for the day.
  • Have a range of people across the business attend - they will be able to give service leavers a different career path perspective as well as giving them the opportunity to meet this enthusiastic talent pool.

Military insight days can be a great way for ex-military jobseekers to better understand the culture and values of an organisation. For employers it means better quality applications and greater exposure to the ex-military talent pool.  

 
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Case Study: BP

BP’s first Military Placement Programme (MPP) Discovery Day took place in February 2017, with a further Discovery Day later that year. SaluteMyJob chats to Charlotte Stacey, Early Careers Talent Partner at BP, about the day and she offers some valuable top tips for employers looking to host their own Insight Day for Service Leavers.

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Case Study: Virgin Money

Virgin Money hosted their first Financial Services Insight Day for Service Leavers in 2017 with great success. SaluteMyJob chats to Nick Calder, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, now a Programme Manager at Virgin Money, on how to set up and run a successful Insight Day - and how ex-military personnel add value to an organisation.


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