Inspire, Hire, Grow: How to Capitalise on Military Talent – An Employer’s Toolkit

Inspire, Hire, Grow: How to Capitalise on Military Talent – An Employer’s Toolkit provides a simple guide to
employing Armed Forces veterans and reservists in Wales. The toolkit shows employers the valuable skills and experiences veterans can bring to their businesses. It also offers practical guidance on setting up an accessible, Armed Forces friendly recruitment process and veteran-friendly working environment. There are inspiring examples of businesses benefiting from employing and supporting veterans in Wales. You’ll also find a simple checklist of positive actions you can take and a guide to expert organisations which can support and help businesses of all sizes in any sector.

Inspire, Hire, Grow: How to Capitalise on Military Talent discusses five reasons to employ veterans in your business.

  1. Veterans are highly qualified.
  2. Veterans have valuable attitudes and are adaptable.
  3. Veterans are skilled workers.
  4. Veterans make highly effective employees.
  5. Employing veterans is good for business and society.

Employers are crying out for skilled staff with the right attitude and attributes to support their growing businesses. Every year veterans are leaving the Armed Forces with exactly this mix. While many veterans go on to have successful careers after leaving the Service, this is not always the case. Veterans are comparatively under-represented in the workforce. Working age veterans are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as civilians1. Issues such as a lack of academic qualifications or difficulties for employers in recognising military experiences within corporate recruitment structures can be significant barriers to recruitment.

Employing veterans in Wales

Recruiting well-trained, work-ready talent is a growing challenge for businesses in Wales. A Welsh Government skills survey of Welsh employers showed that six per cent had at least one vacancy due to skill-shortage – equivalent to 9,000 vacancies across Wales2 .

Business in the Community Cymrudeveloped Inspire, Hire, Grow: How to Capitalise on Military Talent on behalf of the Welsh Government. The toolkit has been designed around the tried-and tested Business in the Community employment framework model of Inspire, Hire, Grow. It leads business through a straightforward process of developing a strategic, forces-friendly recruitment and retention programme.

Employing veterans in England and Scotland

You may also be interested in Capitalising On Military Talent: Everything You Need To Know About Employing Armed Forces Veterans, which takes employers through the practical steps of setting up an accessible, Armed Forces friendly recruitment practice in England and Scotland.

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References
  1. Royal British Legion (2014) The UK ex-Service community: A Household Survey, available at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk
  2. UK Commission for Employment and Skills – Employer Skills Survey 2015, available at https://www.gov.uk