The Officers’ Association (OA) is calling on local businesses across the North of England to attend its Veteran Work Northern Showcase event, which takes place Thursday 14th June at Virgin Money, Jubilee House, in Newcastle…

Whilst 71% of medium and large organisations say they would consider employing veterans, only 39% would consider employing someone with no industry experience. Employers are potentially missing a trick by not tapping into this talent pool and the benefits veterans bring to the workplace – whatever its size.

To help tackle this disconnect, the OA, Deloitte and The Drive Project, have organised a national roadshow to raise awareness amongst the local business community of veterans’ transferable skills and the value they bring to any organisation.

The first event takes place in the North-East and will showcase the Veteran Work films: a series of three short films challenging veteran stereotypes and recognising why military is good for business.

Two of the films star some of Britain’s best-loved celebrities and include Joanna Lumley, Ray Winstone and Hugh Bonneville. The third film features veterans themselves, highlighting their value and skills to business.

The films will then be followed by a panel Q&A. The panel will include representatives from Deloitte and Virgin Money sharing their experience of how actively recruiting veterans strengthens their organisations. It will also involve the OA in its role as a veteran employment transition expert, and The Drive Project, the creative force behind the films.