Developed throughout their career, veterans and reservists bring a vast number of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace.Recognising that it can be tough coming out of active service and developing another career, ESP launches its Veterans Support Group service.
“ESP is a forces friendly employer and supports the Armed Forces Covenant. More than 27% of our staff, are either reservists, veterans’, or spouses of active service personnel. Each one is an integral part of our business, and all have been instrumental in pulling this new service together.” states Jason Hargreaves, ESP’s Managing Director.
Services offered include skills matching to develop individual growth plans, CV writing, job shadowing, identifying potential courses to enhance skills, discussions on funding eligibility, providing aftercare support to actual job placement. All the time being mentored by ex-military and reservist ESP staff members.
“After 16 years’ service, I found myself at a loose end work wise, so got a job I knew I could easily earn money in. Then an old army friend of mine put me in touch with someone at ESP who came from a similar military background. After a few discussions, and a successful interview I joined the ESP team. ESP assisted me in an extensive job shadowing programme, and additional coursework to not only help ease into my role but also grow my own skills” mentions an ex-military ESP staff member.
Over and above the ELCAS (Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme) discounts for ex-military personnel, ESP offers 20% discount on all its courses not only to ex-military personnel but also to their families.
“I used my ELCAS (Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme) to complete an IQA course and am now working on a Leadership & Management (L5) diploma with ESP. ESP helped me gain confidence in my transition to civilian life and provided me with first class support and tutors throughout.” says another ESP staff member.