May 21st 2015

Golf day is a success in Erewash

A golf day designed to highlight the benefits of employing Reservists’ in business was a success in Erewash.

14 teams of four Reservists and employers teed-off at Erewash Valley Golf Club in Derbyshire as part of the Defence employer engagement programme.

Reservists are men and women who give up their spare time to train with the military for which they are paid, and can receive an annual bounty. They develop a broad range of skills through their military training which are beneficial in the civilian workplace such as decision-making, planning, communication, evaluation and the ability to think on their feet.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE Campaign Director, said: “The golf day was a great success with 30 employers having an opportunity to spend time with Reservists on the golf course and ask any questions they may have about the transferable skills they can bring into the civilian workplace.

“Prizes were presented to the winning teams by HM Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire Mr Willie Tucker. I would like to thank each employer and Reservist for taking the time to take part in this valuable engagement exercise, as well as Long Eaton Rotary Club who organised the event.”

Richard Odlin, a Manager at Inner State Properties, who are based in Beeston, attended the golf event. He said: “Reservists are a key part of our military forces, and can bring many skills in to the civilian workplace. Combining two career paths is great for both the Armed Forces and civilian industries.

“The golf day is a good opportunity to meet other employers who employ Reservists as well as having a chance to learn more about what Reservists do.”

Alan Avery, Executive for Telecommunications and Media for Europe, at IBM Computers, said: “Supporting the Reserve Forces is essential for an organisation such as IBM to drive the business agenda in to a wider field. We are proud to support the Reserve Forces and welcome the opportunity to forge new partnership links.”

The event took place on 20 May 2015.