ChamberFORCE - Business Skills in Reserve

Why Fife Chamber supports the armed forces

We are pleased to be part of this exciting new initiative to strengthen the links between Fife’s employers and the armed forces, who do so much on our behalf. We also want to showcase the benefits you can get if you adopt armed forces-friendly HR policies and recruitment policies.

Members of the armed forces receive intensive training and learn real-world skills while they are serving, and they can bring this expertise to your business.  

Fife Chamber is proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and receive our Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award, and we encourage all Fife’s businesses to consider how they can support the armed forces.

Chamber receiving its Bronze Award

What’s in it for Business?

A few of the many benefits are:

  • Access to highly-skilled Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to strengthen your workforce either as employees, or on temporary work placements.
  • FREE leadership and teamwork training for your staff via a range of military-led activities and challenges. From half day workshops at your place of work, to a full weekend on a training exercise, these activities will develop your staff’s confidence, decision-making and resilience.
  • Exclusive invitations to key networking events across the UK, including Land and Air Power Combat Demonstrations, Royal Navy ship visits and sea passages, Military Ceremonial Events and Tri-Service employer visits.
  • Fully funded trips overseas with your Reservist employees on exercise during summer or cold weather operations, and a chance to discuss management and leadership strategies.
  • FREE media and communications support to raise the profile of your business as an Armed Forces friendly employer across national business networks.

Did you know?

  • That the Ministry of Defence (MoD) delivers training worth over £8,000 to every Reservist, every year? This makes Reservists on your workforce multi-skilled and highly adaptable, at no cost to your Business.
  • That SME’s can claim up to £500 a month if their Reservist is mobilised, along with up to £2,000 worth of training costs and additional salary costs if needed.
  • That employers have found having a Reservist on the workforce acts as a positive role model to younger members of staff, impacting positively on colleagues and productivity.

Simon Cole

To read about the experience of Reservist Simon Cole, a Squadron Leader with 602 (City of Glasgow) based in Glasgow and an Operations Manager at Mobile, click here

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How do I find out more?

To find out how to get involved with ChamberFORCE, contact Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association’s Regional Employer Engagement Directors.

Call Michelle McKearnon on 01382 631026 or e-mail [email protected].
Call Roy McLellan on 01382 631022 or e-mail [email protected].