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February 24
10:24 2021

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UK Automotive looks to ex-military personnel to upskill industry on brink of electrification

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has signed a ground-breaking Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to advocate for recruitment and retention of ex-military personnel across the automotive industry. The pledge commits SMMT to promoting best practice, fostering a culture and ethos of inclusivity, and making the commercial case for automotive companies to also sign up to the Covenant.

The signing reaffirms the work done through Mission Automotive, an initiative dedicated to placing veterans in jobs across the sector, set up in partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the forces charity Mission Motorsport, and supported by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Alex Fogg dressed in gym gear smiling straight at the camera.

Alex Fogg, former Royal Engineer and Arrival Logistics Store Manager. Copyright: Mission Automotive 2021

Watch the video about Mission Automotive.

Full transcript is available: Mission Automotive transcript (ODT, 5.01KB).

Read the full article: UK Automotive looks to ex-military personnel to upskill industry on brink of electrification.

What is a Veteran

Veterans are defined as anyone who has served for at least one day in Her Majestys Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) or Merchant Mariners who have seen duty on legally defined military operations. There are currently 2.4 million Veterans in Great Britain.

40% of Veterans are 16-64 years old, working age is set to increase to 44% by 2028, 60% of veterans are over 65, 75% of Veterans own their home or have a mortgage, 3 to 6% sleeping rough are veterans, 75% are healthy, 8% have bad health.

Listen to our team of Veterans talk about their experiences transitioning from the UK Armed Forces and what the word Veteran means to them.

You can find and listen to all of our Being Forces Friendly podcast episodes on Soundcloud.

Partnering with defence

Basingstoke based scuba club helping veterans and service leavers experience the benefits of life under water

Paul Ungi is an Army veteran (3rd Battalion Royal Green Jackets) and works as a candidate support manager with Capita at the Army National Recruitment Centre. He recently completed a reactivate course with Ocean Turtle Diving (OTD), an Armed Forces Covenant (the Covenant) signatory and Career Transition Partnership (CTP) preferred supplier. OTD are able to work with service leavers who wish to pursue a recreational or professional diving qualification. In addition, owner Kerrie Eade hopes to break down barriers and promote the wellbeing benefits of diving.

Read the full article at Ocean Turtle Diving: a Forces Friendly dive school

Members of staff from the Diving School standing outside and holding the Armed Forces Covenant flag.

Ocean Turtle Diving school and the staff standing outside. RFCA Crown Copyright.

Why hiring Veterans is good for business

For 10 years BuildForce has been championing the armed forces Community within the construction industry. Through a bespoke programme, backed by industry leaders, BuildForce matches skilled service leavers and veterans with meaningful careers in construction and the built environment.

David Duncan wearing a white hard hat smiling straight into the camera.

David Duncan, Safety, Health and Environmental Advisor at Vistry Group. Crown Copyright.

Read the fully story at BuildForce: shaping military skills for a career in construction

Kelly Mullane is the Co-Chair of Northern Trust EMEA Military Network and leads the Veterans Workstream of the Diversity Project. Read Kellys story where she explains the importance of the Diversity Project and the aims of the Veterans Workstream.

Selfie of Kelly Mullane.

Copyright 2018 The Diversity Project.

Why do Veterans make great business owners

Veteran owned UK group signing the Armed Forces Covenant in March 2020.

Veteran owned UK group signing the Armed Forces Covenant in March 2020. MOD Crown Copyright 2020.

Why do Veterans make great business owners

After leaving the Service, many Veterans put their military skills to practice in the commercial sector. Consequently Veteran owned businesses are on the rise across a wide range of industries. In the video, 3 Veterans talk about their own experiences and why Veterans excel as small business owners. Read more about the contribution Veterans are making to the small business

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