On Thursday 23rd March, twenty Cambridgeshire employers took part in a networking breakfast at The Army Reserve Centre in Cherry Hinton to hear from military personnel about their personal experiences and discover how, as a business, they can support Defence people through the Armed Forces Covenant.
Commanding Officer Lt Col Dylan Read welcomed guests to the headquarters of 254 Medical Regiment giving a brief introduction to the demographics of his regiment and offered insights to a reservist’s typical commitments. Guests heard more about the lived experience of a reservist with presentations from 254’s Captain Angela Barrington (a Paediatric Nurse) and Captain Matt Ellington (Anaesthetist).
Other guest speakers included Captain James Stainer from 3 Military Intelligence Battalion explaining their role as the Military’s analysts (supplying critical information and solutions to Commanders) and James Moore from CTP (Career Transition Partnership) who guided the Cambridgeshire employers through the support they offer to service leaders and how as employers they benefit from recruitment support at no cost to their business.
The focus of the event was the Armed Forces Covenant. All employers were encouraged by Kristina Carrington, Regional Employer Engagement Director on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, to support the Armed Forces community by signing the Covenant.
1,500 businesses and organisations have signed the pledge since its inception in 2014. Employers can provide as much support as they wish and it typically includes: encouraging reserve service; supporting employment of veterans and service spouses/partners; giving the Armed Forces community a fair deal on commercial products and services. The companies’ pledges are held by the Ministry of Defence and are publicly available to download from www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk
After breakfast employers had the opportunity to see and handle equipment used by our Reserve Forces and hear about their vast abilities and skills that are available to employers once their military commitment concludes.
254 Medical Regiment displayed a POW treatment drill and casualty exchange with a quad bike bringing the casualty in on a trailer and handing the patient over the medical team.
33 Engineer Regiment displayed their robotic capabilities demonstrating their remote control dragon system and showing employers bomb detection and protection equipment.
East Anglia RFCA run regular events in similarly exciting locations in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. These are free events for business representatives who are interested in developing a mutually supportive relationship with the military communities.