The role of Veterans Scotland (VS) is to enhance the welfare of the Veterans community in Scotland by acting as the prime vehicle for:
- Joint working between its member charities;
- For the dissemination of information to its members and
- Co-ordination of joint approaches to UK; Scottish Government; Local Authorities and other organisations whose business is of benefit to veterans.
The partnership with SaluteMyJob and Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce has meant that Veterans Scotland had been able to reach a new audience, that of Scottish Businesses. The innovative approach that SVETS has taken towards engaging with businesses, no matter their size and requirements has resulted in the detailed discussions on the transferable skills that the Ex-Military community have to offer businesses of all sizes.
Events like the ‘SVETS Business Breakfast’ at Forth Valley College, allowed members of the Chamber of Commerce to hear first hand how they could benefit from accessing this ‘Hidden Talent’ pool. This has led to other Chambers of Commerce engaging with Veterans Scotland, the next scheduled event is in Edinburgh on the 24th February 2016.
"Those that have left the Military have been trained to a high standard, have experience of working in complex and challenging environments and can be a real asset to an employer. Veterans Scotland, working closely with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and SaluteMyJob on the SVETS initiative have been able to promote the value of Ex-Military personnel directly to the Businesses in Scotland that are looking for talented individuals."
- Jim Wilson, General Secretary of Veterans Scotland
With over 1,500 ex-military personnel relocating to live in Scotland every year, Veterans Scotland understands that SVETS offers a service that compliments the efforts of those organisations that are actively engaged with the Ex-Military community, by bridging the gap between Employers and Ex-Military jobseekers. By working in partnership with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA), The Officers Association Scotland and others aims to ensure that Scotland benefits from this fantastic resource.
Article by Shaun Cauvin, Client Relationship Manager of SVETS. If anyone would like to arrange a meeting with Shaun, he can be reached at the following e-mail: SVETS@forthvalleychamber.co.uk