April 26th 2014


A number of East Midlands employers had the opportunity to meet His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Michael of Kent GCVO at an Employer Engagement Reception last night (25 April).

Employers including Nottinghamshire County Council; Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust; Nottingham Trams Ltd; Nottingham City Transport Ltd; Oakham School in Rutland; Derby College; Derbyshire Police; Sterling Decorating Services Ltd and ACAS East Midlands were present at the event, which took place at County Hall, Loughborough Road in West Bridgford.

During the event employers had an opportunity to speak to Reservists currently serving in the Armed Forces, network with representatives from other organisations and meet HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, in his role as Honorary Rear Admiral and Commodore-in-Chief Maritime Reserves.

The event was organised to raise awareness about the value that Reservists, from each of the military services, can bring to the civilian work place.

Many of the employers who attended the event currently employ Reservists or have employed Reservists in the past.

Reservists develop a wide variety of skills and qualities that can be transferred to local businesses such as team working, leadership, organisational skills, reliability and confidence among other factors.

John Wilson, the Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserves and Employers) Director in the East Midlands, explained the importance of employer engagement: “The event was a great success with many employers having an opportunity to share their stories of Reserve mobilisation with HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO.

“Employers also commented on the benefits of sharing knowledge and understanding with other Reserve employers about the mobilisation of a Reservist employee and how a Reservist’s skills and attributes have benefited their organisation.”

HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO was joined at the event by Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Defence Personal, Welfare and Veterans, she said: “Reserve service is a source of unique skills and experience gained from the military which benefit both the individual and his or her employer. So while the support of employers, large and small, is important to delivering the future Reserve Forces the nation needs, it is a relationship that must work for all parties. We are committed to putting that relationship on a more business-like footing – being more open and predictable and based on mutual benefit.”