For some military personnel, returning to civvy street can be a challenging adjustment. The vast majority settle back in effortlessly, but some need extra support.
The ‘Armed Forces Covenant’ was introduced nearly two decades ago. It’s a set of principles - not legally binding - that aims to remove disadvantage for veterans and their families and to ensure that they get the same access to services as the civilian community.
Having given up many rights that civilians enjoy whilst serving their country, the Ministry of Defence says that upon departure from their posts, the nation has a moral obligation to ex-services personnel. In some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured, special consideration is appropriate.
Many employers, local authorities and charities sign up to the Covenant as a demonstration of their commitment. Alcumus Group counts amongst that number. By doing so, it means we make a special effort to seek out veterans and present them with every opportunity to find careers within the business.
Alcumus ISOQAR, the Certification Body, has proven to be a particularly attractive home for ex-service personnel. As Kev Davidson, Senior HR Business Partner at Alcumus, explains: “There are a couple of reasons in particular that a certification body is such a good fit. First, armed forces personnel often have exceptional organisational skills and resilience which are perfect attributes for an auditor. Second, because we’re auditing technical systems, their knowledge and experience in the various disciplines means they can hit the ground running.”
The most recent recruit into ISOQAR is Christian Perry who joined as Lead Auditor after more than 24 years in the Royal Signals. “I attended the Armed Forces Careers Fair at Aldershot and one company that stood out was Alcumus ISOQAR,” says Christian. “After making contact at the event, I was invited to an insight day at Alcumus HQ in Cardiff.”
“Alcumus helped me translate the skills and experience I had gained during my time in the military into skills they were looking for,” Christian continues. “I was seeking a new challenge with a progressive company and it was clear after the insight day in Cardiff that Alcumus was the perfect fit. Everyone I have met in the company has been supportive and friendly from day one, making me feel really welcome and a part of the team. The support and full re-training to the ISO auditing standards which I have received has been tremendous on my path to a new career and I would recommend Alcumus ISOQAR to any service personnel leaving the military.”
Any armed forces personnel seeking a career in the Alcumus Group should keep an eye on the vacancies page of the website.