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October 25th 2016

Employers visit RAF Coningsby

Air Combat Power visit October 2016

A number of local employers visited RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire last weekend to learn more about how the Royal Air Force develops its military capability and to find out more about the importance of employer understanding and support for a reservist’s military service.

Representatives from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust took part in the Air Combat Power event on Sunday 23 October, which was organised to showcase the RAF’s commitment to reserves and the benefits of the skills and attributes that reservist employees take back in to the civilian workplace as a result of their military training.

The event included a guided tour around RAF Coningsby, usually off limits to the public, as well as a chance to see a number of aircraft and other equipment used on military operations around the world.

During the visit, attendees were split into groups to see a variety of demonstrations and static stands themed around the RAF’s power roles and capabilities relating to the RAF Reserve.

Paul Devlin, Chair of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Paul Devlin, Chair of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Speaking ahead of the event, Paul Devlin, Chair of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust , said: “I am excited to be visiting RAF Coningsby and seeing first hand some of the work of the men and women in our Armed Forces. As Chair of a NHS Trust that values the contribution of reservists, veterans, and their families in our workforce, and provides care for active personnel, it is important I learn what I can about the services. I’m expecting a loud, instructive and rewarding day!”

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service currently employs seven reservists and understands that the Reserve Forces are a vital part of the Defence community and make-up a significant part of the nation’s security on operations in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Bryn Coleman, Group Manager, at Notts Fire and Rescue Service

Bryn Coleman, Group Manager, at Notts Fire and Rescue Service

Explaining why he wanted to attend the event, Bryn Coleman, Group Manager, at the fire service said: “Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue are pleased to support our employees in their role as reservists. There are many transferable skills from working in the emergency services and the role performed by our Armed Forces such as team work and working in challenging and high pressure environments. The event has given me a greater insight into the skills and knowledge that the reservists have acquired and the direct contribution that they can make back into our communities”.

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s East Midlands Employer Engagement Director, said: “30 employers from across the country attended this RAF engagement event. Members of the Reserve Forces undergo a variety of training each year which allows them to build on their team working, management, problem solving and leadership skills, each of which are valuable attributes that can be transferred back to their civilian workplaces.

“The event at RAF Coningsby allowed employers to speak directly to reservists. Attendees were able to ask questions about military training, learn more about the highlights of reservists’ careers and how they balance their military duties around their civilian jobs and family commitments.”

"The event has given me a greater insight into the skills and knowledge that the reservists have acquired and the direct contribution that they can make back into our communities”.