John Riley, Amey’s Operations Director, Regional Prime South East, and Richard Castell, Amey’s Operational Relationship Manager, were recently invited to attend an employer briefing day at the Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst, aimed at promoting the benefits that Reservists can bring to businesses such as ours.
Within Amey’s Defence contracts we employ a number of Reservists and ex-regulars with Reservist liability and we’re keen to harness the skills they learn in their military training, such as leadership and teamwork, to help us improve the service we provide to our Armed Forces and their families.
The event included an open forum where discussions took place around how organisations can improve the way that candidates leaving the Forces are selected – of particular interest was to use the skills of those with military backgrounds to monitor, support and translate CVs and job applications. The feeling from those in the room was that many candidates are overlooked simply because employers can sometimes be too ‘qualifications’ focused and don’t understand what is really on offer.
Engagement with Service leavers was also discussed and although Amey work with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) when looking to recruit Service leavers, we are keen to build further relationships with the Officers’ Association, a British charity that helps Serving and former Officers with employment services, and look at hosting our own joint industry insight day with the CTP for those Service leavers approaching a career transition.
Richard Castell said “The day was extremely well run, with a real focus on smartness and professionalism. Uniformed Officer Cadets escorted us from the car park to the Old College where we listened to some presentations of their training regime and the benefits of Reserve Service. We also watched a very slick parade rehearsal with a horse walking up the steps of the parade area! This was followed by lunch with the Cadets and a chance for us to talk to them about their plans for the future.”
John Riley added “Encouraging Reserve Service is of benefit to the individual, the Army and the employer. The training provided helps the Cadets become seriously good leaders and the decision making skills they learn are very difficult to replicate. It was described as ‘training young Officers in how to think rather than what to think’. Richard and myself took a lot from the day and will be looking to put some of their suggestions into practice.”
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