Scotland business

Firms encouraged to recruit veterans

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Private sector firms are being encouraged to recruit ex-forces personnel under a new initiative supported by the Scottish government.

The project, called Supporting Veterans into Employment, urges firms to harness their skills and experience.

A "best practice toolkit" for recruitment will be drawn up between organisations that support veterans' employment.

Events will also be held to help employers connect with veterans.

The project will be delivered by Business in the Community, a charity headed by the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles attended the launch of the initiative at a summit at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

The event included promoting a virtual jobs fair for veterans developed by social enterprise Salute My Job, with funding from the Scottish government's Scottish Veterans Fund.

'Significant asset'

Launching the initiative, Veterans Minister Keith Brown said: "Veterans are a significant asset to Scottish businesses. They offer employers a huge amount, through their unique skills sets, training and experience.

"Unfortunately, employers often miss out on the talent offered by veterans as recruitment practices can fail to recognise this valuable experience - experience that could help employers facing recruitment, retention and skills shortage challenges.

"This initiative is designed to address this by harnessing the energy and expertise of supportive employers to champion veterans in the workplace and encourage the private sector as a whole to become more veteran friendly.

"Many businesses - large and small - are realising the benefits of employing veterans and I encourage employers across Scotland to get involved."

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