SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, recently published a survey indicating that 31 per cent of recruiters would feel reluctant to hire someone who had previously served in the Armed Forces. The research also indicated that there was a perception that veterans were aggressive or short-tempered.
Many skills veterans possess are in areas where employers have gaps. Deloitte research found that a third of medium and large organisations surveyed have skills gaps in strategic management, managing and motivating staff, team-working, positive attitude and listening skills.
This scheme provides a great return for tax payers in developing the talent and skills already funded by the public purseto keep working for the public’s benefit.
Following the Armed Forces Covenant to support veterans, the public sector will take a lead in opening up work opportunities. Research shows that a clear majority (72 per cent) of organisations with veterans’ recruitment programmes would recommend employing veterans.
This includes Rochdale and West Sussex Council. We aim to build upon this success and have similar schemes implemented across the UK. We will consult on the specific criteria and the operation of the policy with armed forces charities, unions and expert bodies.
This is the first time that veterans’ affairs will have to support of dedicated ministers in both the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defense, ensuring the whole of government pulls together to deliver the life-long support our veterans deserve.
This will support initiatives such as the first ever UK-wide Veterans’ Strategy so we can give our brave veterans the support they need.
The initiative will provide veterans easier access to public and charitable support including healthcare and housing. Veterans’ ID cards will also help GP ensure they can receive appropriate support.
The principles of the Covenant are now part of the law of our land and the value we place on our Armed Forces is clear for all to see.