Workplace for Veterans’ Affairs launches new group to step up veteran employment

Companies throughout the nation have come collectively right now to assist veterans in employment and assist veterans enter employment after leaving the Armed Forces.

The brand new Veteran Employers Group (VEG), established by the Workplace for Veterans’ Affairs and chaired by the Minister for Armed Forces and Veterans, James Heappey, met right now.

The group heard how companies, together with Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays and Amazon, have benefited from the abilities former members of the Armed Forces can convey to civilian jobs and what extra might be accomplished to assist veterans into employment.

Members of the group additionally mentioned how companies have saved hundreds of kilos via the federal government’s Nationwide Insurance coverage Contributions reduction for employers who rent veterans for his or her first position post-service. This included reward from the Federation of Small Companies, who highlighted how Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have benefitted from the scheme.

Minister for Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs James Heappey mentioned:

Employment is an important consider folks making successful of civilian life. It was incredible to listen to right now from companies on the unimaginable affect that veterans can convey to any organisation. The federal government is supporting veterans into employment, together with with tax cuts for companies who rent veterans.

Craig Beaumont, Chief of Exterior Affairs, Federation of Small Companies mentioned:

FSB is delighted to assist and play its half within the Veteran Employers Group, assembly for the primary time right now. Now we have campaigned on the advantages of using service leavers, selling the advantages of taking over somebody with the values and expertise that they’ve gained whereas serving our nation. Alongside X-Forces Enterprise, we made the case for a Nationwide Insurance coverage discount for individuals who tackle veterans. That is now in place and boosting employment of this key group simply on the time the financial system actually wants them.

The Veteran Employers Group was dedicated to within the Veterans’ Technique Motion Plan earlier this yr. The intention of the group is to determine greatest observe in veteran employability and determine potential obstacles to employment that the federal government can tackle.

Paula Molyneux, Programme Supervisor, Barclays Navy and Veteran Outreach mentioned:

At Barclays, we perceive the necessity for all companies to assist Service Leavers and Veterans into civilian employment. As one of many UK’s main employers of the Veterans and Reservists we recognise and have seen first-hand the massive worth these colleagues convey to our enterprise, and the contribution they make to the broader financial system and society. Barclays is delighted to be a part of the Veterans’ Employers Group to maximise employment alternatives for Serving Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, Reservists and the broader navy household.

James Murphy, Director of TechVets mentioned:

Now we have a major challenge with underemployment within the Forces group, with many leaving the Navy into employment that doesn’t make use of the in-demand expertise they’ve developed throughout Service. Digital and tech is vital for the UKs future prosperity, and we’re in want of incredible gifted folks to assist the expansion of the tech sector. I perceive first-hand the challenges that the Forces group faces, however these people present a variety of thought but to be capitalised upon in lots of tech groups and include unimaginable skilled expertise and expertise – in addition to a ferocious urge for food to be taught new technical expertise rapidly. Careers in tech can even give veterans a fantastic sense of function as they embark on a journey to assist construct the long run for society. Our mission at TechVets is to create a bridge into info expertise careers for the Forces group, and this can’t be achieved alone. Collaboration is vital and I’m extraordinarily excited to assist the Workplace for Veterans’ Affairs to convey collectively nice firms which can be delivering profitable employment programmes for the Forces group, so we are able to form the way forward for employment for all our veterans and their households.

Notes to editors

Members of the Veteran Employers Group are: