Are you struggling to find suitable candidates for the posts you need filling asks Chris from Expert HR Solutions? Would you like to tap into a pool of 16,000 potential employees with a strong work ethic and with highly tuned leadership and team working skills. Well that is roughly the number of people who leave the Armed Services every year and most look to build a second career, utilise the skills they have learned within a different environment and create a stable base for their families, following what can be years of uncertainty.
The NHS has a dedicated project, Step into Health, which so far has matched nearly 200 people into roles and not just making use of people whose medical skills have been honed in fairly extreme circumstances.
It can take a bit of imagination, there may not be obvious transferrable skills for someone used to procuring chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence equipment but such a person is now working as the executive director of transformation at a hospital near Liverpool. People with a Service background are used to extreme multitasking within the Armed Forces and relying on a team to ensure we get things done, such skills could be invaluable.
A CIPD survey found that 97% of NHS organisations surveyed said hiring members of the Armed Forces community brought enhanced working behaviours. A further 83% said they brought additional skills such as teamwork, leadership and management. With a competitive labour market and the UK’s departure from the EU, recruiting from our local communities has never been more important says Chris.
And with many UK employers struggling to fill posts, the continual pipeline of those leaving the military looking for meaningful employment, as well as the families that support them, represent a very real opportunity. The skills and experiences of this community add a richness to the NHS workforce, and other organisations should undoubtedly follow the same path he continues.
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