The series of Veterans Work films highlight the benefits of recruiting veterans, and aims to challenge misconceptions surrounding the recruitment of Service leavers.
‘What does an idea sound like?’ is one of the three films created, featuring Matt Barber, Clare Balding OBE, ‘Judge’ Robert Rinder, Richard Wilson, Nick Knowles, Larry Lamb and Joanna Lumley OBE. The Veterans Work films challenge employers to actively consider employing veterans in order to capitalise on their expertise to fill recruitment skills shortages.
Lee Holloway, OA Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are urging employers to look beyond their rigid hiring criteria to recognise the value Service leavers can bring to their business. The findings in the Veterans Work report make it clear that many veterans have the skills employers need.”
Liz Stevens, Head of Employment Services at the OA, said: “With our Military is Good for Business campaign, we aim to create a long term impact by helping organisations recognise the value of employing former military personnel and assist them in building the business case to capitalise on this talent pool.”
The film will be shown at the National Employer Conference, where organisations will have the opportunity to understand the benefits of partnering with the Ministry of Defence and supporting the Armed Forces Covenant. The event is run by Defence Relationship Management at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, on Tuesday 20th March.
Lee Holloway will take part in a panel discussion to discuss the value of veteran employment. Also on the panel will be Chris Recchia, Partner in Risk Advisory at Deloitte, and Alice Driver, Founder and Managing Director of the Drive Project, a creative social enterprise that produced the films. The OA will be exhibiting at the conference, alongside the Veterans Work project team, where employers can discuss further the value of recruiting veteran talent.
According to the original Veterans Work Report, produced by Deloitte, the OA and Forces in Mind Trust, 72% of organisations surveyed with active ex-military recruitment programmes would definitely recommend employing veterans. Other findings include that veterans often have skills where organisations are experiencing gaps, and they are likely to be promoted faster than other colleagues.