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02 Oct 20. Thousands of veterans secure meaningful employment in civilian roles. Thousands of veterans are celebrating securing meaningful employment in civilian roles, thanks to the Ex-Forces Programme, delivered by RFEA, The Forces Employment Charity. Ex-Forces are one of the largest sources of talented potential employees in the country. Service leavers and veterans are highly trained and skilled individuals who have worked within a motivated culture with exceptionally strong teamwork. RFEA work with 20,000 service leavers and veterans every year, supporting employers to recruit when they need high volumes of people to join their organisation.
The unique Ex-Forces Programme, which recently received a significant boost from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, of £267,000, is available to all service leavers, reservists and veterans, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service or reason for leaving. It offers regionally based, comprehensive career advice and job opportunities.
Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity:
Meaningful employment plays a major role in ensuring veterans and their immediate families can live a life of independence and dignity and we see RFEA’s Ex-Forces Programme as playing a vital part in helping them achieve that. We are delighted to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile initiative that reaches so many.
RFEA understands the needs of service leavers, including the unique challenges they face during the transition from military to civilian life.
Mark Lightowler, a former Army Captain, secured a lucrative Operations Manager role after seeking help from RFEA: “From the very first call I had from RFEA it was so very refreshing to hear and to speak to someone who spoke ‘the language’ and understood the needs and challenges of veterans looking for work in a civilian world. My Advisor is a very personable individual who offered sound advice, however, by far the most important attribute that RFEA demonstrated was taking the time to care, to really care.”
Alistair Halliday, RFEA’s Chief Executive: “The Ex-Forces Programme is there for all veterans and reservists who need help to find work once they have left the Armed Forces. This means that later in life, if veterans face redundancy, underemployment, or difficulties fitting into a new work culture, we can help them. Serving in the armed forces means shorter relevant industry experience and less understanding and practice at the recruitment process than the civilians veterans are competing with for jobs. Our programme provides an essential safety net beyond transition from the armed forces and we are so grateful to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for the continued support we have received to enable RFEA to carry out this essential work.”
Find out more about the Ex-Forces programme and why hiring veterans is good for business: https://www.rfea.org.uk/employers/ (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
02 Oct 20. Amazon launches new Military Talent Pool. Amazon have launched a new Military Talent Pool, enabling members of the armed forces community to register their interest in working for Amazon.
Amazon employs hundreds of veterans and reservists in its operations sites and corporate offices across the UK, a number that keeps growing every year. With a focus on education, professional development, mentorship and mobility, Amazon aims to be the earth’s most military-friendly company.
The launch of their new Military Talent Pool enables members of the armed forces community to register their interest in working for Amazon. Not only will the dedicated team of military recruiters (who are themselves veterans) use the talent pool to identify prospective candidates for roles across the UK and EU, but all recruiters at Amazon will have access to the military talent pool.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon recuiter said: “At Amazon we’re constantly looking for leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action, and who want to deliver for customers. These principles look very familiar to men and women who have served our (their) country in the armed forces, and we find that their experience leading people is invaluable in our fast-paced work environment.”
Amazon are industry leaders at fostering a forces-friendly ethos, as Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award holders they advocate on behalf of the armed forces community and understand the value military skills bring to the workplace.
- Meet the Veterans working at Amazon
- Read Tony Harris’ remarkable story
- Read the Working for Amazon blog post
Veterans: Register your interest on the Amazon Military Talent Pool
Employers: Find out how your organisation can benefit from becoming a forces-friendly employer. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
ExFor+ CIC is a relatively new organisation but has been established with the objective of becoming a National overarching organisation within the Veterans Support Sector. Our aim is to bring about, positive Social and Economic change for the country as well as a significant
transformation of how Service leavers, Veterans, their families and communities are supported. We will do this through effective collaboration, communication and management of a number of services and departments, ranging from engaging with Government, The Third sector and also the supporters of, those who’ve served and often sacrificed so much for their country. We are currently supporting a number of service leavers and veterans with a range of issues ranging from housing, unemployment, benefits, personal development, education, and are constantly looking for employers who see the positives in recruiting and supporting individuals in to work to create longterm and sustainable futures.