The first report, published in 2016 entitled ‘Veterans Work’, highlighted the wealth of potential skills in the ex-service personnel talent pool and the commercial benefits to the organisations who hire them. It also pinpointed the challenges faced by the UK veterans entering civilian employment.
VETERANS WORK: MOVING ON
The aim of this new study is to examine the factors that motivate veterans when making the transition from the military to the civilian job market. In addition, it aims to alert Corporate UK to these factors, that ultimately they can do more to positively impact transition support and recruitment.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Purpose of 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 ORIGINAL 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.
Across the country, three in ten businesses admit they have not even considered employing veterans. While the majority claim to be more open minded, 60 per cent of businesses rule out recruiting someone if they have no industry specific experience. There are roughly 700,000 veterans currently in employment, over half find themselves in routine, low-skilled or low-paid jobs. It is an alarming waste of talent.
The Veterans Work report is part of Deloitte’s One 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.
The report calls on policymakers to find a better balance between the short-term, tactical objective of placing Service leavers into employment, with the long-term alternative of developing veterans’ transferable skills and vocational qualifications.
VETERANS WORK FILMS
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’.
With the aim of encouraging UK business to consider employing ex-military personnel, Veterans Work is a collaborative partnership 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
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.
Veterans Work would like to thank the following organisations for their help in distributing the veteran survey
Alexander Mann Solutions
Defence Relationship Management
Salute My Job
The Drive Project
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
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.