Programme Launched to Support Veterans into Work in Scotland

Scottish businesses are set to come together in coalition to inspire, hire and grow job opportunities for veteran’s Scotland-wide as part of a ground breaking initiative to establish Scotland as the destination of choice for the employment of former members of HM armed Services.

The Scottish Government has announced, ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June, 2016, that investment will be committed to supporting businesses to employ veterans who, alongside their families, amount to over 500,000 people in Scotland.

Government funding will be committed to establish a programme of activity to be undertaken by Business in the Community Scotland, working in partnership with SaluteMyJob, Veterans Scotland and the Scottish Government, to engage Scottish businesses and build a network to support returning servicemen and women into long-term civilian employment.

Throughout 2016 and 2017 Business in the Community Scotland will undertake an outreach initiative to engage Scottish businesses in working with the veterans community and guide organisations in the recruitment and retention of former members of the Armed Forces. These are skilled, talented and dedicated individuals who having made a significant commitment to the country are ready to make that same commitment to our economy.

Mr Brown said: 

“Service personnel have a great deal to offer employers, including a wide range of skills, experience and training - making them significant assets to Scottish businesses. Many employers face skills shortages or recruitment and retention challenges which former service men and women can help to address.

“This programme will harness the private sector‘s considerable energy and expertise to champion veterans in the workplace and identify best practice in recruitment. It will also join up employers with ex-military jobseekers to help find them the role and organisation in which they can thrive and grow in their second careers.

“Veterans and their families add much value to our communities and I want to make Scotland the most attractive destination for them to settle and succeed.” The initiative builds upon existing activity undertaken by Business in the Community UK-wide in calling for business to take the lead in supporting returning servicemen and women into long-term employment.

Mark Bevan, Director of Operations and Deputy Managing Director, Business in the Community Scotland, commented:

“This inspiring initiative provides the opportunity for businesses in Scotland to benefit from the skills, dedication, energy and can-do attitude of our returning servicemen and women into long-term civilian employment.

“Business in the Community is Scotland’s responsible business movement and is growing in size and ambition. By supporting this engagement the Scottish Government will help to place talented service leavers into skilled work, create both a vibrant economy and vibrant communities where people can flourish.”

The initiative will be supported with £22,000 of Scottish Government funding which will focus on providing veterans with support in finding and securing high quality long term employment. £15,000 of the funding will be committed to establish the programme undertaken by Business in the Community Scotland, working in partnership with SaluteMyJob, Veterans Scotland and the Scottish Government. This will be intrinsically linked to a specialist online career fair created by SaluteMyJob, which received £7,000 from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Veterans Fund (for more information on the online veteran job fair, please contact

General Sir Nick Parker, Chairman of SaluteMyJob and former British Army Commander-in-Chief and Governor of Edinburgh Castle said: “Over 800 UK employers, including 45 in Scotland, have now pledged ‘to support the employment of veterans young and old’ by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. This programme is the vital next step to help employers turn that intent into action and to join the dots in Scotland between the hundreds of employers offering thousands of jobs and the former Service men and women who seek them.

“We at SaluteMyJob seek to work collaboratively with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership, the Service charities and commercial organisations to the mutual benefit of employer and veteran alike.”

Martin Gibson, Chairman of Veterans Scotland said: "Veterans Scotland is pleased support BITC and SMJ on this important initiative.  This collaborative approach will provide a platform to promote the employability of those who leave the Armed Forces with a wealth of experience and talent that they can offer businesses of all sizes across Scotland"

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(For additional information about the Online Job Fair please contact