Initiative boosts employment among ex-servicemen
- Published on Monday, 13 May 2013 11:45
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
A new initiative has been launched in a bid to enable ex-servicemen to find jobs in the energy industry.
The scheme was kickstarted by Magnus Jeffrey, an ex-army officer who works as a project engineer for Senergy Development Solutions (SDS) to help other servicemen make the transition.
Known as The Network Aberdeen, the project will encourage ex-military men to meet on a regular basis and attend talks by industry experts.
Mr Jeffrey explained that the hardest step for ex-army employees who are aiming to improve their career development is making the initial transition.
He said: "A lot of people leave the services without relevant industry qualifications, but they often have the knowledge and skills needed, as well as broader experience garnered from operational military work.
"If the same individual is able to meet with someone and given the opportunity to explain what they can offer, the outcome can be very positive for both parties."
In last month's Budget, George Osborne revealed that pay rises for all soldiers are set to increase by 1.5 per cent.