GET INVOLVED

PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT

Over 1,500 employers across the UK have pledged their support to the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant – a Ministry of Defence scheme designed to encourage companies to hire veterans.

Find out how to make a pledge here.

BECOME A FORCES-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER

Employing armed forces community members can help diversify the talent in your workforce. Find out more about being a forces friendly employer.

Employers can choose specific promises or pledges to support their employees within the Armed Forces community. Local authorities promise to encourage local communities in supporting the Armed Forces community, including promoting understanding and awareness.

SHARE THE FILMS

Joanna Lumley, Ray Winstone and Hugh Bonneville are but some of the celebrities that have rallied together to star in a series of short films produced to promote military veteran employment.

Help us reach as many businesses as possible by sharing the films with your employees, customers and suppliers.

Go to the Veterans Work YouTube Channel.

READ THE REPORT

Read the Veterans Work report, produced in partnership by Deloitte, the Officers’ Association (OA) and Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). Gain a better understanding of the significant business benefits of recruiting from the veteran talent pool.

Download the report here: Veterans Work Report.

LEARN ABOUT THE ISSUES

It’s time for employers to recognise the benefits veterans bring to the workforce.

Why is this project important? 

There are an estimated 2.6 million military veterans in the UK – and 900,000 of them are estimated to be of working age.

Around 16000 veterans leave the Service each year. The prospect of transitioning into civilian employment can be very daunting, so Veterans Work aims to make the process as easy as possible by encouraging employers to remove the barriers facing many veterans entering the workplace.

The barriers facing veterans

While 71 per cent of employers say they would consider employing veterans, just 39 per cent would employ someone without industry specific experience. This rigid attitude to hiring means access to high-skilled employment remains patchy and uneven among Service leavers and veterans typically fall back on lower paid, routine jobs.

The business case for action

Those employing veterans agree they are particularly strong in communication, time management, and team working. As a result, more than half of veteran employers promote them quicker than the rest of the workforce.

79 per cent of these organisations also say that they have lower rates of sickness absence – an issue that currently loses 130 million days each year in the UK, costing the economy around £100bn.

CASE STUDIES

HIRE A VETERAN

Here we introduce the key organisations who can help and what each one does. Find out how they can support your business to access talented Service leavers.

VETERANS’ SUPPORT – Are you a Veteran looking for employment or other support?

Veterans’ Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans and their families seeking support. By connecting you with the right partner from our network, they make it quick and easy to get the help you need. Contact them 24 hours a day, seven days a week – no matter the issue. 0808 802 1212  – veteransgateway.org.uk

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.

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