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January 17th 2017

Employers visit Army Reserve unit in Bilborough

Regional Employer Engagement Director John Wilson and Lieutenant Colonel...

Regional Employer Engagement Director John Wilson and Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Jenkins Commanding Officer of 162 Regiment RLC

A number of Nottingham-based employers visited an Army Reserve unit in Bilborough on Tuesday (16 January) to learn more about the training and personal development opportunities available to their employees through the Reserve Forces.

During the event, hosted by 162 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), employers heard about the Army Reserve and the training undertaken by reservists, as well as seeing how military postal courier services, catering and logistics planning facilities are set up in the field.

162 Regiment is a newly formed unit which will be the second largest in the Army Reserve and will include almost 600 personnel country-wide when fully manned. The Regiment provides a movement control capability, as well as postal and courier services in support of the Regular Army. 

A number of reservists described their roles in the Army Reserve and how they balance their civilian and military careers

A number of reservists described their roles in the Army Reserve and how they balance their civilian and military careers

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, supported the Army Reserve for this event. He said: “Members of the Volunteer Reserve Forces undergo rigorous training, developing skills and attributes which, according to independent research, would cost over £8,000 a year to deliver. Military training develops key personal attributes such as self-confidence, leadership, teamwork, organisation, resourcefulness and perseverance; these are essential in every workforce. 

“By visiting 162 Regiment, employers learned more about the personal development opportunities for reservists and how their business could benefit from the military training undertaken by reservist employees.”

Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Jenkins, Commanding Officer of 162 Regiment RLC, said: “As 162 Regiment RLC is the only Reserve Movement Control and Postal and Courier Regiment, part of the event was spent explaining and demonstrating to attendees the vital role that reserve men and women of the Regiment conduct  when spending time with the reserve.

“The event not only discussed the plethora of opportunities the Army Reserve provide individual reservists, including education, training, sport and camaraderie, it also highlighted the myriad of benefits that employing a reservist can provide a civilian employer such as enabling a more focussed, dynamic and healthier employee with enhanced leadership skills.

Engaging with employers in Bilborough, Nottingham

Engaging with employers in Bilborough, Nottingham

“The positive link between society and its Armed Forces is essential and the civilian/employer link with the reserve is paramount to build a mutually beneficial relationship.”

One of the companies attending the event was Nottingham-based construction services company J Tomlinson Ltd, which currently employs four ex-Armed Forces personnel.

Richard Ball, Head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality at J Tomlinson, commented: “J Tomlinson has had links with East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) for some time now, and currently provides planned, preventative and reactive maintenance for sites managed by RFCA.

“As a former serviceman who spent 22 years in the Corps of Royal Engineers before moving into the construction services sector, I have first-hand experience of the excellent training and skills that the Armed Forces provide. This included having the fortune to complete a tour as the Senior Master Instructor with the Reserve Forces within the Royal Engineers.

Vehicles on display at the Army Reserve Centre on Wigman Road in Nottingham

Vehicles on display at the Army Reserve Centre on Wigman Road in Nottingham

“This event was a chance for companies to find out more about the Reserve Forces, and also hear about the opportunities for personal development and potential benefits to local businesses that are offered.”

Roger Marshall, Managing Partner at Bradburys Global Risk Group attended the event. He said: “The 162 Regiment event offered the perfect opportunity for businesses to engage directly with Reserve Forces personnel and experience first-hand the real value in employing reservists. Members of the Armed Forces Community are vital to our operations, ex-regulars and reservists account for 70 percent of our UK workforce and the military training, strong work ethics, commitment, teamwork and productiveness are just some of the benefits that can be transferred across to the commercial sector when employing reservists.”

A full gallery of pictures is available here.

If you are interested in learning more about 162 Regiment, an open day is set to take place at 281 Movement Control Squadron, Army Reserve Centre, Wigman Road, Bilborough, Nottingham on 25 March. For further details about the event contact Captain John Swan on 07946 307279.

"This event was a chance for companies to find out more about the Reserve Forces, and also hear about the opportunities for personal development and potential benefits to local businesses that are offered.”