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September 14th 2016

Engaging with employers in Nottingham

The employers at the event in Nottingham

Three reserve units in Nottingham came together last night (13 September) to engage with organisations from the public and private sector who employ military personnel.

 

HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, the Army Reserve’s 350 Field Squadron and the Nottingham detachment of the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) each invited employers along to a special event held at their training base in the city to learn more about the role of reservists, their training and ask any questions they may have about employing military personnel.

The event was attended by more than 15 local employers, who each employ a reservist from one of the units hosting the event.

The evening allowed employers to find out more about reserves serving with the RNR, RMR and Army Reserve. The event included a short reception with presentations from the three reserve units and East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association Chief Executive Nick Sharpe.

Employers then toured seven activity stands where the units demonstrated different skills including agility tests, demonstrations of equipment and showcased the training they receive.

HMS Sherwood’s Commanding Officer, Commander Rob Noble described why the units decided to organise the engagement event. He said: “The event will allow my ship’s company to showcase their military skills to their employers and enable them to demonstrate the valuable role they play whilst serving in the Royal Naval Reserve. This in turn will raise awareness, sustain existing relationships and communicate the positive advantages of Defence and the Reserve Forces in particular to the employers present.”

Commanding Officer of 350 Field Squadron Glynn Steel HMS Sherwood's Commanding Officer Rob Noble and Captain Tom Winterton of the Nottingham detachment of the Royal Marine Reserves

Commanding Officer of 350 Field Squadron Glynn Steel, HMS Sherwood’s Commanding Officer Rob Noble and Captain Tom Winterton of the Nottingham detachment of the Royal Marine Reserves

Major Glyn Steel RE from 350 Field Squadron said: “It is of paramount importance to actively engage with employers of our reservists in order to secure their continued support. Evenings such as this have allowed us to demonstrate the personal development opportunities that their employees receive from us for free through a parallel structured military career that ultimately they can take back into the civilian workplace often improving their performance and confidence. The events also positively raise awareness of the reserve units in the local communities and allow networking with local gatekeepers and influential businesses.”

Major Al Edgar from the Nottingham detachment of the RMR said: “The Reserve Force is playing an increasingly greater role in the nation’s Defence as part of the whole force concept.  This places increasing demands on our reservists and it is vital that they are supported at all levels, especially by their families and employers.

“Reservists make a considerable sacrifice of their leisure time and any help from their employers is appreciated.  The benefit to employers is immeasurable: unparalleled personal development in key areas of life skills and guiding principles, and in particular formalised command and leadership, often missing in the civilian workplace.”

Learning about equipment

Learning about equipment

Feedback from employers in attendance:

Ian Johns, Operations Director at Chemring Defence in Draycott, said: “It was a great event. It’s really interesting to look at the many diverse roles in which the Reserve Forces and cadets are engaged, from supporting the Olympic Games, to operational deployment with a wide spectrum of skills.  At Chemring we fully support the members of the Reserve Forces that we employ, and believe that the skills they gain in serving their country are a great benefit to industry.”

Dorrien Peters is a partner at solicitors Irwin Mitchell which employs HMS Sherwood reservist Officer Cadet Ciaran Dearden who is currently taking part in officer training.

Dorrien said: “We like to support our staff and the leadership training Ciaran receives from Royal Naval Reserve is second to none and he is doing this training in his spare time.  It’s fascinating to listen to what he does as a reservist.”

Each of the units hosting the event train at Foresters House in Chilwell, Nottingham. To find out more about joining HMS Sherwood contact navymr-sherwoodsm@mod.uk

To learn more about 350 Field Squadron email 33engr-350-wo-rrmt@mod.uk

To find out more about the RMR call 0345 600 3222 to speak to an advisor.

A full gallery of photographs from the event  is available to view here  

 

“It was a great event. It’s really interesting to look at the many diverse roles in which the Reserve Forces and cadets are engaged, from supporting The Olympic Games, to operational deployment with a wide spectrum of skills."