Northern Businesses to Increase Recruitment of Veterans

Businesses across the North of England supported a Veteran Recruitment Roadshow, with over 40 businesses of all sizes from across the region attending to learn more about how they could tap into the veteran talent pool.

The event was hosted by Deloitte, The Drive Project and veterans’ charity the Officers’ Association at Virgin Money in Newcastle.

Whilst 71% of medium and large organisations say they would consider employing veterans, only 39% would consider employing someone with no industry experience. This means employers are potentially missing a trick by not tapping into this talent pool and the benefits veterans bring to the workplace – whatever its size.

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor David Down, attended and Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah showed her support via social media. The event showcased the Veteran Work films: a series of three short films challenging veteran stereotypes and recognising why military is good for business. Two of the films star some of Britain’s best-loved celebrities and include Joanna Lumley, Ray Winstone and Hugh Bonneville. The third film features veterans themselves, highlighting their value and skills to business.

The films were followed by a panel discussion, which included veterans Will Orme and Ed Pashley, who shared their personal experiences of transitioning from the military into business.

Veterans Work is a collaboration between Deloitte, the Officers’ Association and The Drive Project – supported by Business in the Community – to deliver three unique films that showcase the value of hiring veterans.

Sophia Koniarska, Director of Programmes and Partnerships at the OA, said: “We were delighted to have so many businesses attend the event – it shows how much interest there is in understanding what veterans can bring to the table and how to access this often untapped resource.

“I want to thank the Lord Mayor of Newcastle for attending the event, to our partners Deloitte, Virgin Money and The Drive Project, and most importantly, to all the businesses who attended and were so engaged by both the Veterans Work films and panel discussions.”

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor David Down, said: “I learnt a lot at the event. The rewards and benefits for both large and small companies that employ veterans are many – all tried/tested during service years.

“Leadership skills, commitment, team players, great timekeeping and more. You name it, veterans will have it.”


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