Why Service leavers and Reservists make great employees

For many years, Fujitsu’s Defence and National Security business has been helping veterans make a smooth transition from military service into the commercial sector. Our long-standing affiliation with the British Armed Forces has allowed us to recognise that Service leavers are exactly the type of intelligent, talented people that we need to join our organisation.

Reservists serving in AfghanistanThese highly trained, incredibly talented people are keen to build upon the knowledge gained throughout their Services career. They can contribute a wealth of transferable skills, leadership and life experiences that can benefit the individual, business and wider community alike.

We recognise the great contribution they can make to our company. They have this real can do attitude, whatever challenge you throw at them they find a way of going the extra mile and exceeding. It’s our view that we need to share this talent with industry. So at Fujitsu, we’re enhancing their employability through a range of activities that will ultimately make them better employees.

Not only is our working environment and customer familiar to Service leavers, but we also know that they are incredibly driven individuals with a desire to develop their careers further. This is a two-way partnership that enables the transfer of skills and sharing of talent.

Today, 15% of Fujitsu’s 3,500 security cleared staff who work in our Defence & National Security business originate from a Services background. They fulfil a wide variety of roles from Project Management, Security Architects and Customer Solution Architects, to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Line support roles, Service Engineers and Test Analysts.

And in recognition of our continued efforts in this area we’re exceptionally proud to have recently received the Gold Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), which encourages employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same.

Supporting reservists and families alike

Just as Service leavers have the potential to make a significant contribution to industry after their military career has finished, at Fujitsu we also recognise and value highly the vital role that Reservists play and the contribution these colleagues make to all UK Armed Forces.

Military and families at social eventAs such, we actively promote the opportunity to become a Reservist to our people. We both benefit significantly from the skills, training and experiences gained by the individual as these are then brought back in to the workplace.

It is really interesting to have someone that has got a wide range of experiences that help shape their personality, and help to bring something different to our team. We benefit from a very large amount of money that has been spent on their training and personal development, and of course being Reservists their skills are maintained and kept up to date.

We have a comprehensive policy in place which provides support for employees who are Volunteer Reserves and Regular Reserves, and their spouses/families over and above what is required by law.  As part of this policy, Fujitsu is committed to creating a flexible environment, by enabling Reservists to attend Reserve Forces training events, and be mobilised for Reservist duties, as required.

Breaking down the barriers to military recruitment

Photo of training exercise at SandhurstAs part of Fujitsu’s commitment to the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Covenant, which we will be re-signing later this year, we are working in partnership with Career Transition Partnership (CTP). Our joint aim is to not only facilitate a recruitment process that recognises British Armed Forces skills and qualifications, but also ensures that Fujitsu’s own job vacancies are widely promoted to the Service leaver community.

The outcome is the development of a strong pipeline of talent that benefits everyone involved.

Fujitsu has also been working closely with CTP Assist whose purpose is to help those who have or are likely to be medically discharged from the Armed Forces to find employment within industry.

A great example of this is Jez Ryan who was recruited by Fujitsu as a Project Leader following a medical discharge.

Commenting on his personal experience he said:

I’m truly appreciative of the pledge Fujitsu has made in supporting my transition back into the working environment. Fujitsu accommodated all my requirements, enabling me to make a smooth and trouble-free induction into the organisation. Fujitsu truly recognises individual skills and the adaptability the serviceman has to offer.

Find out more

At Fujitsu, we’re very proud of our long history working alongside and supporting the MOD. We view each of these initiatives as a crucial part of our long-standing commitment to the UK Armed Forces, and our ongoing pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant.

If you’d like to find out more about Fujitsu’s ongoing commitment and our how we enable the transferring of skills and sharing of talent across the Defence & National Security sector, please visit http://www.fujitsu.com/uk/solutions/industry/defence-national-security/

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