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Jul 20, 2017

FRS Features on Breakfast TV


FRS was invited by BBC Breakfast to appear on their award-winning morning news programme following the release of new research by the Veterans Employment Transition Support Programme - VETS.

The new research by VETS revealed the impact on the UK economy over the next five years if service leavers aren't able to find employment, or are under employed after transitioning from the Armed Forces.

Adam Bonner, FRS Ops Manager was interviewed by BBC Breakfast business presenter, Sean Farrington to discuss the reasons why some UK businesses continue to overlook ex-forces men and women when it comes to recruitment, particularly in areas of employment experiencing significant skill shortages. 

When asked about the challenges faced by military personnel when applying for civilian employment, Adam explained the misunderstanding of some prospective employers about the skills and experience service personnel can bring to their workforce.

Around two thirds of employers are expected to experience deficits in soft skills within the next five years, with more than 600,000 jobs left unfilled. By deploying more ex-forces personnel into civilian job roles, one in six of these vacancies could be filled. This would result in a contribution of £12.6bn to the UK economy, which is approximate to the annual production of the UK Pharmaceuticals industry.

100% of the men and women serving in the British Armed Forces have completed technical training, making up a large talent pool unmatched in depth and quality and in our experience, businesses that hire ex-military staff actively go on to hire more.

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