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April 16th 2014

ROYAL VISITOR MEETS LOCAL EMPLOYERS

A number of East Midlands employers are set to meet His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Michael of Kent GCVO at an Employer Engagement Reception later this month.

During the event, which will be held in Nottingham, employers will have 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 has been 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 attending 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.

Julia Tabreham, Non-Executive Director, at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, will be attending the event. She said: “As the Mother of two serving RAF Airmen, I am acutely aware of the remarkable job our Reservists do for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and for the Country. I am very much looking forward to this important event and to the wider opportunity to support Trust Reservists and Regulars as an area of special interest for me in my Non Executive role at the Trust.”

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust currently employs six Reservists at the City Hospital and 13 Reservists at the Queens Medical Centre.

John Wilson, the Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserves and Employers) Director in the East Midlands, explained the importance of employer engagement: “Reservists are men and women who give up their time to train and serve alongside Regular Forces. There are currently around 22,000 volunteer Reservists in the UK and the number is increasing. It is important, therefore, that employers have a good understanding about Reservists’ training commitments and the many benefits employers can gain from employing a Reservist.

“Events such as this are a great opportunity for employers to speak face-to-face with other organisations that employ Reservists, to meet Reservists from the three Services and to ask questions about Reserve Forces and the employment of Reservists.”

HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO will be joined at the event by Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Defence Personnel, 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.”