Hosted by South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, and the Ministry of Defence Campaign Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers (SaBRE), the event invited companies in the South East for a presentation of honours to those who have recognised the value Reservists can bring to their workforce.
The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, and Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE were on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth to award the selected companies.
Of the occasion, Vice Admiral Woodcock said, “This has been a great opportunity for Defence to say thank you to those who employ our amazing Reserve Force personnel – we don’t always remember that behind a dedicated Reservist are their friends and families and also, very often, a highly supportive employer. We are proud to be able to recognise employers.”
FDM was awarded a Certificate of Support in recognition of the firm’s efforts towards employing Britain’s ex-Forces personnel and Reservists through its dedicated Ex-Forces Programme. Head of Ex-Forces Programme Col (Retd) Stewart Sharman and Business Relationship Manager Capt (Retd) Stuart Thomas were in attendance to accept the award on behalf of FDM.
FDM CEO, Rod Flavell said, “We are delighted to be selected by SaBRE for this accolade on board HMS Victory. FDM recognises the skills the ex-Forces community can bring to our workforce, ranging from entry-level positions to senior project management roles, and it is our duty to ease their transition into the commercial world.”
SaBRE was set up by the Ministry of Defence to educate and inform employers of the skills Reservists can bring to the workplace. The organisation supports businesses looking to employ Reservists and helps them to understand the processes and queries they may encounter in the event of mobilisation.
The event comes at a time when Prince Charles has urged businesses to support ex-Servicemen and women in their civilian careers. At the recent Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards, the Prince of Wales said, “Loyalty, integrity, teamwork and the ability to work calmly and with discipline and good humour under intense pressure are qualities that any business must surely value highly.”
FDM’s UK Ex-Forces Programme, launched earlier this year, has offered ex-Forces personnel the opportunity to join its award-winning IT Consultant training programme. The programme provides personnel with professional IT training in a number of disciplines both business and technically focused, followed by commercial experience for at least two years, enabling a smooth transition into a corporate environment.
FDM has partnered with British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) and formally signed the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, further cementing our goal to support the employment of ex-Forces personnel.