In this month’s City Matters magazine, an article was published focussing on the success of the SVETS online job fair and BITC'S recent employer summit, attended by HRH Prince Charles. Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson, discusses the success of both events and looks ahead to future plans, which could include working with City employers to participate in a London-based online job fair.
A first of its kind virtual job fair to link employers with ex-military, reservist and military spouse jobseekers has been hailed a success by its organisers – with plans to expand the pilot project to London-based employers.
The Scottish Veterans Employment and Training Service (SVETS) online job fair, developed by SaluteMyJob, in partnership with British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS), and funded by the Scottish Government, took place on 24th October. The aim of the event was to help employers fill skill gaps with ex-military, reservist and military spouses and to help these jobseekers into employment, specifically in Scotland.
The job fair was timed to coincide with an employer summit, hosted by Business in the Community (BITC), where they launched their innovative scheme - Supporting Veterans into Employment. The aim of the summit was to discuss veterans’ employability and share best practice and was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Charles. SaluteMyJob participated in the event at Dumfries House and showcased the virtual job fair to Prince Charles and employers who attended. The summit attracted businesses with established ex-military programmes such as Barclays, as well as those new to the approach - such as Saint-Gobain and Land Securities.
Commenting on the virtual job fair, Lorraine Cauvin, HR Advisor at Petroineos said she was extremely impressed with the event. She said: “I thought the event was very well organised and the virtual format was very easy to use - even for a technophobe! It looked like we had a very good hit rate from candidates and I certainly noticed that we had more visitors than I would have seen at an actual job fair, it also wasn't too time-consuming to manage. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the virtual job fair, it was a really good way to reach this community.”
Although both the BITC summit and the SVETS virtual job fair were successes - this is just the start, the hard work has just begun. Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson, said: “The summit and SVETS virtual job fair have both helped prove that there is a high demand to hire ex-military personnel and has shown that many employers value veterans as great and valuable assets to their businesses.
“Moving forward, SaluteMyJob plan to do further work with employers to broker the opportunities they offer to suitably qualified veterans. In addition, SaluteMyJob will be heavily involved in the BITC initiative, specifically helping create a best practice toolkit for successfully recruiting and retaining former ex-military personnel. SaluteMyJob is also planning to host more virtual job fairs in the near future, to further connect employers with ex-military and reservist jobseekers, and would be keen to hear from employers interested in participating in a London-based online job fair.”
If you are an employer and are interested in taking part in SaluteMyJob’s next job fair or would like to hold one of your own, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.