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Engaging with reservists on the green

20 Employers from across the East Midlands took to the green earlier today (23 May) to take part in an event designed to raise awareness about the Armed Forces community.

Eight teams teed off at Erewash Valley Golf Club with each containing a mixture of employers and reservists.

The event gave each group an opportunity to speak to current reservists and Service personnel and learn more about the transferable skills that can be adapted for the civilian workplace.

Catherine Suckling, the Ministry of Defence’s Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director in the East Midlands, helped to organise the event. She explained:

“Today is a great opportunity for employers to learn more about the roles reservists undertake and the training they complete.

“Many of those who are participating in today’s event have explained that this is a great opportunity to engage with other businesses who also employ members of the Armed Forces community including Service leavers, reservists and adult volunteers.”

Feedback from employers at the event included:

Gary Compton, Estates Officer, at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“I’m hoping to find out more about how we interact with the Army and how we support them. It’s an excellent idea, our service supports reservists and having something that puts both sides together to discuss it is brilliant.”

Lee Hall, Logistic Manager, at Nottingham Trams commented:

“We have people that are reserves at work and we want them to know that we’re looking after them and that if they do go on a deployment their job will waiting for them when they get back.”

Simon Spencer, Assistant General Manager, at Knights of Old explained:

“A golf day is a more relaxed atmosphere then a meal or meeting so it’s easier to talk to people and find out what they do. It always helps for the employer to understand what our employees do outside of work and how it can be used in the workplace, it’s good to get involved in supporting both our staff and the military.”

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