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VETERANS WORK: THE DEBATE

On 21st Jan 2020, a whole-range of invested stakeholders from business, government, the MOD, military charities, the media and veterans themselves, came together to move the veteran narrative on by smashing open the current echo chamber of myths and stereotypes, both positive and negative.

Hosted by Broadcaster Kate Silverton, the panels of experts debated the following topics:

Brand Veteran: Paul McNamara (Political Correspondent, C4 News), David Harris (Creative Director, Deloitte), Alice Williams (Schneider Electric), Rosaleen Blair (Founder, Alexander Mann Solutions), Daniel Caltagirone (Actor and producer)

How UK plc can be more collaborative and more effective in hiring veterans: Helen Helliwell (Director, Armed Forces People Policy), Richard Sharp (CEO, Team Rubicon), Chris Recchia (Partner, Deloitte), David Richmond CBE (Director, Office for Veterans’ Affairs), Adrian Peters (Head of Transition, Career Transition Partnership), Matt Fossey (Director of Veterans & Family Institute, Anglia Ruskin University)

The future of work and the role veterans can play: Will Gosling (Partner, Deloitte), Oz Alashe (CEO, Cybsafe), Sophie Coryton (CEO, The Room Service), General Mitch Mitchell (DCDC), Sabby Gill (MD, Sage UK)

The day concluded with a keynote address from Veterans’ Minister Johnny Mercer MP.

Watch the live stream of the debate here.


Veterans Employers

WHAT IS VETERANS WORK?

Purpose of the project

There are an estimated 2.6 million military veterans in the UK – and 900,000 of them are estimated to be of working age. Veterans Work encourages businesses to consider these veterans as part of their hiring strategy.

What do we want?

Veterans Work challenges employers to look beyond rigid hiring criteria and recognise the value that Service leavers can bring to business. Taking a slightly longer term view and harnessing the transferrable skills of veterans can pay great dividends.

THE VETERANS WORK FILM SERIES

What does an idea sound like?

This film explores Veterans' varied transferrable skills.

Not only a Veteran

This film challenges the meaning of the word Veteran and gives a broader view of their diversity and talents.

Space for you

This film identifies the business case for employing Veterans and why ‘Military is good for business’.

WHERE IT STARTED. VETERANS WORK: THE REPORT

THE VETERANS WORK REPORT

The ‘Veterans Work’ report produced by Deloitte, the Officers’ Association and Forces in Mind Trust highlights some of the challenges faced by UK veterans entering employment, and the significant benefits organisations can realise by recruiting from the veteran talent pool. The Veterans Work report is part of Deloitte’s Five Million Futures programme which addresses the challenges faced by many people in the UK in accessing education, training and employment and how we overcome these barriers to unlock the full potential of groups of ‘hidden talent’ within our society.

OUR SECOND REPORT. VETERANS WORK: MOVING ON

Veterans Work Collaborators

With the aim of encouraging UK business to consider employing ex-military personnel, Veterans Work is a collaboration across charity and business.

The Forces in Mind Trust aims to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.

The Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme (DMTTP) supports Service leavers making the transition into new careers. This programme is part of Deloitte’s One Million Futures social impact strategy.

The Officers’ Association (OA) supports serving and former officers transition to new careers outside of the military and works closely with employers to support the 'Military is Good for Business' agenda.

Join the conversation

#VeteransWork Tweets

Help to spread the word about the Veterans Work project, and urge civilian recruitment managers to consider ex-Service personnel as part of their hiring strategy, on your social profiles by quoting #VeteransWork.

On LinkedIn, employers are discussing the benefits that veterans bring to their operations – join in on this LinkedIn page.