The Veterans Employment Transition Support, known as VETS, is a pilot partnership between the Ministry of Defence, Career Transition Partnership, a coalition of willing companies and several leading military charities
VETS compliments The ISS Pathway Programme and seeks to work within the existing landscape of transition support activities, share the best practice, improve and join up these activities in a coordinated and joined up manner. The VETS programme provides end-to end transition support, offering veterans mentoring, CV and interview skills, training, work experience and job opportunities. For employers, advice is offered on how to recruit veterans and support is provided to help get the best from veterans in their workforce.
The scheme is designed to support all veterans, leaving the armed forces, already left, whether seeking employment and of any rank because they are unemployed or wishing to improve their current employment prospects to better utilise their skill sets and enhance their careers.
The coalition of the willing include Service charities such as: Help for Heroes, Poppy Factor, Stoll, Walking with the Wounded, RBLI, X-Forces, Royal British Legion, Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) – The Forces Employment Charity and Corporates like : BAE Systems , Barclays, Deloitte, ISS, Jaguar Landrover, Laing O’Rourke, G4S, Anchor Care Homes and Essential Solutions.
Speaking when the scheme was launched at the House of Commons, Allan Vaughan OBE and Managing Director of ISS Defence told the audience: “ISS is proud to be supporting VETS. We understand the advantage of employing veterans and have benefitted directly from the unique skill sets that veterans possess. The MOD makes a significant investment in training service personnel and there is a real opportunity for businesses to capitalise from this investment.”
VETS recognises that every veteran is different and requires varying levels of support and guidance to help them find the right employment.
Therefore, the VETS process is adaptable to the individual, with the exact process defined by the veteran in collaboration with their mentor and the VETS team.
Veterans can access VETS in numerous ways. They may have been referred by an organisation from a number of extensive military networks that include the MOD/CTP, veterans orientated companies, military members of LinkedIn, the Officers’ Association, and the Liquid List, as well as from the numerous military charities that are supporting veterans.
As with the ISS Pathway, the process to get veterans into the right employment is broken down into phases:
- Step 1 – Access, registration into VETS and allocation of a VETS mentor
- Step 2 – A ready to work programme of transition work activities, such as CV and interview workshops, skills profiling and work experience placements, provided by coalition of willing partners
- Step 3 – Job application against a VETS list of jobs provided by partnering companies that have been advised on best practice HR hiring techniques
- Step 4 – In employment support based on principles, such as allocating in work buddies, utilising induction techniques and template hiring manager briefs to optimise the on-boarding process for individuals and employers
- Step 5 – Supporting the Reserves is a an associated stage that advises companies on how they can support employees serving in the Reserves and in doing so can continue to gain the benefits of the skills transfer arising from those employees serving in the military on a part-time basis
ISS currently provide 23 mentors, all focused on trying to provide focused help to a small group of people looking for employment in specific areas. Each mentor undergoes some early training to show them exactly what is required and what commitment is expected from them. Mentors and mentees are matched by the information provided on the online forms that uses an algorithm to accurately pair them together.
If you would like to know more about the VETS programme, please email: Armed.Forces.Covenant@uk.issworld.com