New charitable partnership for ex-service personnel
by Helen Jackson |
posted 18 March 2019
There is a new charitable partnership that has been set up to help service leavers and veterans into jobs in the automotive sector. It’s called Mission Automotive, and it involves major players from right across the industry.
Mission Automotive initiative is being delivered by Mission Motorsport, the Forces’ Motorsport Charity who are working closely with The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the Ministry of Defence.
Covering the entire sector, from components, infrastructure and software through to manufacturing and logistics, the project will supply a broad range of highly-relevant skills to the job market. Mission Automotive distils the charity’s seven years’ experience in placing veterans into employment across the UK Automotive industry.
As the move to electrification and related technology gains pace, the initiative will also provide a welcome boost through the dissemination of high-voltage competencies that are commonplace in all three Services.
Since the first Invictus Games in 2014, Mission Motorsport partners have helped 1700 veterans into work of whom over 150 were ex-servicemen and women categorized as wounded, injured or sick. By encouraging companies to develop their own mechanisms to access military talent through promoting positive business behaviours and reinforcing an Armed Forces friendly culture, veterans and spouses are able to thrive, realise their potential and promote positive change in others.
By mapping military career groups to the qualifications required by the sector, Mission Automotive lets UK industry tap into a pool of unrealised talent, and deliver sustainable and relevant employment opportunities for service leavers, veterans and their partners.
Backed by the MoD, industry groups led by SMMT, and with the full support of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it links HR best practices with a focus on the wider issue of corporate responsibility.