Are your recruitment practices armed-forces friendly?

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Employment for ex-Service personnel

On average, 21,000 skilled and experience people leave the armed forces every year, many looking to enter the civilian workforce. As highly trained individuals with a range of transferrable skills, including leadership, teamwork and communication, veterans make capable and committed employees.

While many Service leavers make a successful transition from life in the forces to civilian employment, others find it harder to adapt to life and work in “civvy street”. One of the most common challenges for veterans is translating their military experience in a way that resonates with employers.

On the other hand, research shows that many employers fail to recognise the skills veterans have to offer and miss out on this valuable talent pool as a result.

Steps businesses can take to become armed-forces friendly

Drawing on best practice approaches and expert advice1, the employment framework has been developed to help businesses understand what practical steps they can take to successfully recruit and retain veterans and reservists in the civilian workplace. Click on the sections below for tips and tools on how to become an armed forces-friendly employer:

Inspire - Helping ex-military personnel prepare for civilian employment.

Hire - Understanding the value of military experience and creating accessible, meaningful jobs.

Grow - Providing support to help ex-military personnel thrive in the civilian workplace.

How your business can get involved

Business in the Community (BITC), together with the support of businesses, SaluteMyJob, SVETS, and the Scottish Government have developed a free toolkit to help businesses break down these barriers and become armed-forces friendly employers, thereby benefitting from the skills and experiences these talented individuals have to offer.

To promote this toolkit and encourage employers to engage in this agenda, Maurice Corry MSP, Convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group for Veteran and Armed Forces Communities, hosted a 'meet the experts' session with BITC Scotland on 21 March 2017, where we invited employers from all sectors and of all sizes to come with questions on how they can become armed-forces friendly employers and the benefits of doing so.

For further information, please e-mail Programme Manager Cynthia Fry.


1) BITC conducted detailed interviews with representatives responsible for supporting veterans in and into work, including Jaguar Land Rover, Carillion, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, BT, Gentoo, Barclays, Marsh & McKellan Group, Fujitsu, and Deloitte between Jan – Feb 2016.

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Key Contact in England

Samantha Di Talamo

Communications Manager – Work Inclusion

T: +44 (0)20 7566 8718 


Key Contact in Scotland

Mark Bevan

Director of Operations and Deputy Managing Director

Business in the Community Scotland

T: 0131 451 1100



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