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Energy firms join forces with military
NOF Energy, the business support organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables, has teamed up with The British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) to launch a new careers service.
Designed to introduce ex-servicemen and women into careers in the energy sector, the service offers NOF Energy members the opportunity to communicate with and recruit from BFRS’s Armed Forces community of more than 14,000 skilled Service leavers.
Each year, more than 20,000 individuals leave the Armed Forces. This figure is set to dramatically increase as the MoD plans to make 54,000 additional redundancies before 2015. Many of these Service leavers possess valuable skills that are perfectly transferrable to roles in the energy sector.
The Military2Energy Careers Service allows NOF Energy members to take advantage of skilled ex-military personnel.
It offers companies a constant influx of ex-servicemen and women for enrolment on training courses, opportunity to promote vacancies at any point and organises work trial placements with potential candidates through interaction with ex-military personnel at live and virtual career events and exhibitions, company listing on the BFRS website and inclusion in the BFRS newsletter.
The service also provides organisations in the energy sector with a 12 month programme of support and multiple marketing opportunities to position their company as the employer of choice or leading training provider to the Armed Forces community.
The service is being launched following the successful Energy Sector Military to Civilian Careers Fair in September hosted by NOF Energy and the BFRS. The partnership is committed to tackling both industries’ key skills and employment issues.
The BFRS is a non-profit company working for the sole benefit of the Armed Forces community. It provides help, advice and support to more than 14,000 members of the Armed Forces, both past and present, and their families, throughout the transition from Military to Civilian life.
Joanne Leng, business development director at NOF Energy, said: “The transferable skills of armed forces personnel make them perfect candidates for positions within the energy sector, with many possessing specialist engineering and technical skills in high demand from the sector.”
“The Military2Energy Careers Service offers businesses in the energy sector an excellent platform to take advantage of the fantastic skills on offer and I would urge them to get involved with the scheme.”
Hannah Reynolds, marketing director from The British Forces Resettlement Services, said: “BFRS champions the skills, qualities and expertise possessed by those in the Armed Forces community and we’re thrilled to be working with NOF Energy to help promote the valuable contribution that ex-military personnel can make to the energy sector.”