As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, we launched The ISS Pathway programme in 2015, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, the Recovery Career Services, Walking with the Wounded, and the Career Transition Partnership. The aim of the programme was to create a clear pathway for those leaving the Armed Forces into a career in facilities management. The programme consists of 4 stages:
1) Insight – Through military talent days and informational days, we advise Armed Forces service leavers about the types of careers available with ISS and in Facilities Management generally. Participants are also offered a corporate mentor to help them make a successful transition.
2) Training – After gaining an insight into the Facilities Management industry the service leaver can use the first few months of their resettlement period to gain qualifications they need in their future career, through the Career Transition Partnership.
3) Preparation – This stage involves getting the service leaver ‘job ready’. We host a number of workshops on CV preparation and interview skills, with individual mentors then fine tuning these core skills.
4) Job Ready – The service leaver is now job ready and is supported in applying for job opportunities. Their mentor helps them tailor their CV to each application, takes advantage of guaranteed interview offers as well as being an ‘insider’ to help provide guidance. ISS works in partnership with a number of other corporations that are keen to help the Armed Forces community; we will approach these partners if they have suitable job opportunities, as well as the conventional jobs boards.
In Employment – Once the service leaver has found work, we stay in touch periodically to see how they are adjusting to their new role. When they have settled in, we ask them to become a mentor in order to help future service leavers make a successful transition into civilian employment.
As a result of our ongoing advocacy for the Defence community, we hold The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. This scheme recognises organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
If you would like to know more about the ISS Pathway programme, please email: Corporate.Covenant@uk.issworld.com