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MOD encourages organisations to hire Armed Forces veterans

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The Ministry of Defence and Department for Work and Pensions recently issued a letter to organisations encouraging them to utilise the skills of Armed Forces leavers and veterans to build a diverse workforce in the midst of economic recovery.

Businesses that are looking for talent are encouraged to register with the Career Transition Partnership, the only service that can provide access to the entire service leaver candidate pool. When registered with CTP, employers gain access to CTP RightJob; a unique, no cost, online jobs board for veterans to advertise job vacancies, attend employment fairs and more. Employers will be assigned a CTP Employment Relationship Manager who will act as the link between an organisation and a sought-after talent pool of skilled individuals.

Other ways the Ministry of Defence look to help bring employers and veterans together include:

  • A national insurance holiday for those employing veterans within their first 12 months of leaving service
  • Offering a Veterans’ Railcard to support the cost of commuting and increasing opportunities to join the civil service through a Veterans Interview Scheme
  • The £2bn Kickstart scheme launched in September 20 could also help those veterans who are aged 16-24, completely unemployed and at risk of long-term unemployment by offering six-month placements.

Gillian Russell, Senior Programme manager at Amazon discussed her experience with CTP:

“The team are constantly innovating to think of ways for us to attract that new, great military talent and we utilise the whole range of services they provide. We advertise our jobs through CTP RightJob, always attend their employment fairs (pre-Covid) and since the start of the pandemic we’ve moved to online events. They have proven to be a great opportunity for our recruiters to meet Service leavers and answer any questions they might have. It also allows us to showcase our brand and form a good picture to potential candidates of what employment is going to be like at Amazon.”

David Duffy, CTP Contract Director and UK General Manager, Right Management added:

 “As the demands from businesses change access to individuals that have transferable skills will be critical. Each year over 14,000 people leave the Armed Forces bringing with them un-paralleled skills in planning, communication, teamwork and leadership, along with adaptability, drive and resilience. The work we do with the MOD is important in helping bring together employers and veterans, building successful partnerships and workforces that are better prepared for the future.”