TV stars back new veteran employment campaign

A HOST of business leaders, alongside film and TV stars, are backing a new campaign to encourage employers to recruit service leavers.

Veterans Work, a series of short films produced by the Drive Project, aims to encourage businesses of the benefits of employing ex-forces personnel, whether independently or through specialist organisations such as the Career Transition Partnership and SaluteMyJob.

The films, backed by Deloitte, The Officers’ Association and the Forces In Mind Trust, come on the back of the publication of the Veterans Work report which highlights some of the challenges faced by UK veterans entering employment, and the significant benefits organisations can realise by recruiting from the veteran talent pool.

Andrew Jackson, Managing Director of SaluteMyJob said: "The business case to hire veterans is proven and is beautifully illustrated in these films. Former service men and women help their employers drive business, solve problems, lead and develop their people and secure their cyber networks. It is very encouraging to see an increasing number of employers recognise veterans as assets to their businesses".

The report is part of Deloitte’s One Million Futures programme which addresses the challenges faced by many people in the UK in accessing education, training and employment and how we overcome these barriers to unlock the full potential of groups of ‘hidden talent’ within our society.

It calls on policymakers to find a better balance between the short-term, tactical objective of placing Service leavers into employment, with the long-term alternative of developing veterans’ transferable skills and vocational qualifications.

Companies who are considering employing veterans can access information and support from a range of groups including here at SaluteMyJob. We can offer employers targeted support to recruit service leavers, as well as consultancy, recruitment and training services. We also help employers plan and implement structured, sustainable and measurable veterans’ programmes, aiming to inform and increase demand for ex-military personnel as employees, contractors or consultants.

Visit www.veteranswork.org.uk to watch the films and find out more about the project.

Businesses wanting to learn more about employing service leavers and including them in their recruitment process can also take advantage of an online toolkit produced by Business In The Community.