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Virgin want to ensure that the transition between Armed Forces and Civilian life is as smooth as possible, with the help of Vets@Virgin, a group of military veterans, now working for Virgin Money.
If you’ve spent most of your adult life in the Armed Forces, leaving that structured environment can be difficult. Project management is an area you can transfer a lot of your military skills to. Vets@Virgin started with Dean Beaumont, who served as an Army communications specialist in the First Gulf War and Northern Ireland before leaving 20 years ago.
“I had ten great years but, coming out, I felt isolated. I didn’t know how to relate to people, and I had a sense of loss,” Dean says. “I thought maybe that was unique to me.”
Then he met a colleague who had just started at Virgin Money. Dean started seeking out more service leavers in Virgin Money and his little group grew to 12. They started off meeting once a month socially, but decided that wasn’t enough. They wanted to reach out to the wider service community. So, in conjunction with charities such as the Officers’ Association, the Royal British Legion and forces employment charity the RFEA – and with support from Virgin Money HR – they started to host events to help people get ready for civilian work.
For example, service leavers were applying for jobs but because their CVs were full of military jargon, hiring managers couldn’t recognise the strong skills sets on offer. So, these events now include CV workshops, interview practice days and networking opportunities.
Vets@Virgin now has a budget from HR (£3,000 this year) and champions from all over the business. “When we ask colleagues to give up some time or to lend us a room, our requests fall on fertile ground,” says Dean. “People often explain that their dad was in the forces, or their son is in the Paras. A lot of people have a connection with the forces and they are very happy to help.”
To apply for this job please visit careers.virginmoney.com.