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June 12th 2017

Employers tee off with reservists

Captain Bruce Saunderson, Phil Pearson, Major Raj Gurung and Mike Hoyle  Golf Day 2017

Captain Bruce Saunderson, Phil Pearson, Major Raj Gurung and Mike Hoyle during the golf day

40 Employers have joined reservists on the green to learn more about the role of those who serve our country in their spare time.

Representatives from both public and private sector organisations attended Erewash Valley Golf Club at Stanton by Dale to play golf alongside representatives from the Reserve Forces.

On the practice greens

On the practice greens

The annual event allows attendees to learn more about the training, skills and experiences gained in the reserves and how these attributes can be used to improve performance in the civilian workplace.

Phil Giles, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s Derbyshire County Chairman organised the event, he said: “Reservists gain valuable skills in areas such as leadership, problem solving, communication, and teamwork as well as often having to make decisions in pressurised situations.

“The golf event gives local employers, some of which currently employ reservists, the chance to gain a greater insight into the military and ask any specific questions they may have about individuals’ roles and how they balance both a civilian and Reserve Forces career.”

Derbyshire Community Health Service employees were among those taking part

Derbyshire Community Health Service employees were among those taking part

Gill Burrows from Derbyshire Community Health Services attended the event. She said: “We are very happy that our staff are able to support the Reserve Forces clinically. We feel that adds benefit in terms of experience for both their careers and for our general day-to-day patients. Taking part in the golf event allows us to support our reservist colleagues and promote team-working.”

Speaking at the event Rob Jepson, a Biomedical Scientist at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Some of the processes we have in our lab are directly attributed to experiences gained in field hospitals such as our major haemorrhage protocol. To meet people at engagement events such as this allows us to speak to a range of people with different experiences.”

“The golf event gives local employers, some of which currently employ reservists, the chance to gain a greater insight into the military and ask any specific questions they may have about individuals’ roles and how they balance both a civilian and Reserve Forces career.”