The Officers’ Association (OA) is calling on local businesses and Service leavers across the North of England to attend an event promoting the benefits of hiring ex-military personnel.
The third HM Forces Careers Access Event will take place on Thursday 20th June at Virgin Money in Gosforth, Newcastle and will be opened at 11am by Lord Mayor of Newcastle, David Cook. The day is geared towards giving veterans a taste of available roles from a diverse range of employers such as Nissan, the NHS and management consultants Turner and Townsend.
The geographical focus of the event is particularly important as a recent study published by Deloitte, Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the OA: ‘Veterans Work: Moving On’ found that where veterans choose to live has a major impact on finding the right civilian job. The report confirms that 50% of veterans who live in London describe their experience of finding the right job as ‘easy’ compared to just 39% of those living in the North.
Veterans leave the military with a host of technical, leadership and communication skills but often without commercial experience. Whilst 71% of medium and large organisations say they would consider employing veterans, only 39% would consider employing someone with no previous industry experience. This can put ex-military personnel at a disadvantage.
Ed Pashley, a former Warrant officer in the British Army, and now a Business Improvement Lead at Virgin Money, together with former military colleagues, came up with the idea of bringing former military personnel and business together. “We know first-hand how difficult it can be for military personnel to overcome their lack of commercial experience and land that all important first role,” said Pashley. “By bringing employers together with veterans through events like this, they can discuss their experience and the roles available in an informal setting, which is hugely educational for both parties and opens up more opportunities for businesses and veterans.”
The event has grown considerably in popularity since inception and over one hundred Service leavers from across the region are already registered to attend and over thirty employers are involved.
Former Army Major Peter Eadon will be attending the day having found his first civilian role at the event last year. Peter is now a programme manager for TSG Marine, an engineering solutions provider to the energy sector. Commenting on the value of such events, Peter said: “It is reassuring to meet with employers who are actively considering former military personnel for positions within their organisations. They are increasingly in tune with the skills, experience and training we can bring to their organisations. This is a must-attend event for veterans living in the North East who want guidance on what to do next career-wise.”
The event is once again supported by the OA, a tri-service charity that works with serving and former commissioned officers through their transition from military to civilian life. Lee Holloway, Chief Executive Officer at the OA, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the North East Careers Event. It’s a great opportunity for businesses to learn more about the benefits of employing veterans and understand the opportunities of engaging with this unique talent pool.”
Date: Thursday 20th June 2019
Time: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
Location: Virgin Money at Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4PL
The event is free to attend.