The Officers’ Association were on hand last week to support Virgin Money as they ran their fourth Military Careers Access Day in the North East.
The enthusiasm and level of support from employers was summarised by Caroline Haydon, Strategic Resourcing Consultant for Virgin Money, when she announced to the 100+ Service leavers attending that ‘This was a recruiter’s dream’ to have so many high calibre candidates in one room.
With over 20 employers in the room, this event allowed job seekers to explore career opportunities and one local employer in the oil and gas sector commented they had met eight potential candidates for technical roles that they were finding hard to fill.
The success of the event is obvious. A number of ex-military personnel, having secured their role from the event previously, returned to offer their advice and support to those now leaving the Forces.
James McCaffery, formerly with the Royal Artillery and now Head of Service Delivery at the Newcastle-based urban transportation organisation Nexus, said ‘This is a fantastic event and the connections I made last year led directly to me finding employment with Nexus. I was delighted to be able to return this year to help other Service leavers transition in to civilian life and to hopefully deliver the same positive experience from this excellent event.’
Before the Careers Access element, the Officers’ Association ran a Military Programme Clinic to enable employers to gauge how their military programmes were progressing. It was an opportunity to explore potential next steps such as how to build strong partnerships with the Armed Forces community and how to implement a work attachment programme. Organisations from across a wide range of sectors were able to share good practice that will lead to more effective military programmes being implemented.
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