HRH Prince Charles Shows His Support In Helping Veterans Into Employment

An initiative to champion veterans in the workplace and encourage the private sector to become more veteran friendly was launched on Monday.

HRH Prince Charles with Brig (Retd) Andrew Jackson [middle] and Shaun Cauvin [right]

HRH Prince Charles with Brig (Retd) Andrew Jackson [middle] and Shaun Cauvin [right]

The innovative scheme, Supporting Veterans into Employment, hosted by Business in the Community (BITC), was launched by Veterans Minister Keith Brown during a summit at Dumfries House in Ayrshire. The summit, to discuss veterans’ employability and share best practice, was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Charles. SaluteMyJob participated in the event and demonstrated the Scottish Veterans Employment and Training {SVETS} virtual job fair to Prince Charles and employers who attended. The online job fair was developed by SaluteMyJob, in partnership with BFRS, and funded by the Scottish Government.

"The event was very well organised and the virtual format was very easy to use - even for a technophobe!"

- Lorraine Cauvin, Petroineos

The aim of the virtual job fair was to link employers in Scotland  with ex-military, reservist and military spouse jobseekers. Jobseekers and Armed Forces friendly employers  were able to “meet” and chat throughout the day and get involved in various workshops and Q&As. SaluteMyJob’s expert employment advisors hosted three Q&As specialising in careers and CV advice. Over 420 current vacancies were advertised in a unique manner that allowed attendees to discuss these directly with employers before applying.

"The standard of CV's amongst the Veterans was really quite good, it is a really good pool of talent to fish from"

- Andrea Fife, Perfect Service Solutions

The summit, which promoted the SVETS virtual job fair, 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.  Standard Life were heavily involved, having already shown their commitment by contributing £240,000 to the Scottish Veterans Fund over the next three years.

Launching the initiative, Veterans Minister Keith Brown, said: "Veterans are a significant asset to Scottish businesses. They offer employers a huge amount, through their unique skills sets, training and experience. Unfortunately, employers often miss out on the talent offered by veterans as recruitment practices can fail to recognise this valuable experience - experience that could help employers facing recruitment, retention and skills shortage challenges.

"This initiative is designed to address this by harnessing the energy and expertise of supportive employers to champion veterans in the workplace and encourage the private sector as a whole to become more veteran friendly. Many businesses - large and small - are realising the benefits of employing veterans and I encourage employers across Scotland to get involved."

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. The summit and SVETS virtual job fair have both helped prove that there is a high demand to hire ex-military people and has shown that many employers value veterans as great and valuable assets to their businesses. Moving forwards, 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 - so please check our website for further updates.

For more articles on the BITC summit and the SVETS virtual job fair, visit:

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Supporting-veterans-into-employment-2d91.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-37754340

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14820357.Recruitment_drive_bids_to_help_veterans_into_work/

http://www.yourindustrynews.com/business+to+lead+the+way+in+supporting+veterans+employment_137703.html