News story: Partnering with Defence Employer Conference 2015


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The event was a fantastic opportunity to bring together industry and defence leaders to discuss how partnering can be mutually beneficial in developing and retaining talent, being relevant in modern society and in particular in building Britain’s skills base.

The day was a great success, and attended by over 160 employers and defence personnel. We wanted to share some of the highlights from the day:

We heard from companies including Fujitsu, the AA, Atkins Global, Manpower, Jaguar Land Rover, The Federation of Small Businesses with examples of best practice from partnering with defence.

The Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Francois made several key announcements on the day including:

  • defence’s successful partnering with the Department for Work and Pensions and business in helping young people get into work; the Armed Forces Employability Pathway incorporates a military life taster course for job seekers, followed by work experience with a civilian employer

  • new legislation from April 2015 allowing job seekers to complete up to 43 days training with the reserves in their first year without having to sign off

  • details of extended financial assistance for employers relating to call out and recall procedures for reservists

Vodafone joined nearly 500 businesses in pledging to support the armed forces community by signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant on the day.

We saw a video of 13 UK employers immersed in a once in a lifetime experience at a live Royal Marine Reserve Arctic training exercise in Norway that day.

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Feedback from participants on the day was extremely positive. In order to assist with the planning for future events, we would be grateful if you could provide your specific comments on the Partnering with Defence 2015 event via our short feedback form below. Once you have submitted your feedback, you will be redirected to a page where you can find presentations, useful links and a video from the day.

Attendees are requested to Submit your feedback for Partnering with Defence 2015.


Watch the employers join Royal Marine Reserves for Exercise Hairspring, Norway in the video below.

Employers join Royal Marine Reserves for Exercise Hairspring in Norway video

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