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The Story so far | 2021 - Podcasts

Veterans Work: The Podcast.

Kate Silverton hosts this five-part series where she talks to business leaders, entrepreneurs, political decision makers and veterans from all walks of life to discuss the value and skillset service-leavers bring to business. Breaking down the assumptions and stereotypes about the military, she looks at the key skills they possess – from vital human skills and a drive to help, to their unique suitability to future industries, and the powerful quality of resilience that underlines it all.


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.


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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’.



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.

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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. Approximately 14,500 veterans leave the Armed Forces each year and many of those will be looking for a second career. Veterans Work is a thought leadership series that shines a light on the considerable transferrable skills that veterans possess that are valuable to employers, particularly in the context of the future of work. Through the use of data, research and first hand experiences from employers, large and small, it encourages businesses to consider veterans as part of their hiring strategy.

Our aim is for Veterans Work to challenge employers to look beyond rigid hiring criteria and recognise the huge value that Service leavers can bring to business. Taking a slightly longer term view and harnessing veterans’ transferrable skills and behaviours, fills much needed skills gaps, positively impacts organisational culture and can pay great dividends; it’s no longer a nice to have, but something employers cannot afford to ignore.

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.

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.

5 Million Futures (5MF) is Deloitte’s North South Europe (NSE) social impact goal, aiming to help five million people get to where they want to be through access to education and employment.

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.

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#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.