This toolkit is a guide to employing Armed Forces veterans and reservists in Wales. The toolkit includes information on why employers should consider hiring veterans and how to foster the talent of veterans who work for their organisation.
The most recent 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 Wales. At a time of steadily rising employment, employers are crying out for skilled staff with the right attitude and attributes to support their growing businesses – and every year in Wales veterans are leaving the Armed Forces with exactly this mix. But 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 and working age veterans are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as civilians. 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. So while employers are struggling to recruit, Wales has a substantial pool of uniquely-qualified, highperforming people who may just need a little extra support to bring them into the workforce. And by working with employers to increase sustainable employment opportunities, we can help to prevent the more serious social and health issues that come with unemployment such as homelessness and poor mental health. We have developed this toolkit to help employers to recognise the valuable skills and experiences that veterans can bring to their business – and to understand the practical steps they can take to create a more veteran-friendly working environment.
Business in the Community, 2018. How to capitalise on military talent: employers' toolkit. This toolkit was prepared for the Welsh Government.