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Courageous, compassionate and competent - Army tells businesses why ex-soldiers make great employees

PUBLISHED: 11:33 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:13 06 October 2015

Colonel Stephen Cartwright addresses his audience of businesspeople

Colonel Stephen Cartwright addresses his audience of businesspeople

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Soldiers took the first step back to civilian working life at an employers' workshop in Dartford run by the Army.

Soldiers took the first step back to civilian working life at an employers’ workshop in Dartford run by the Army.

Employers were invited to come and see a presentation at Dartford Football Club on the skills soldiers develop during their service.

These range from courage, compassion, decision-making skills and reliabillity to communication and negotiation skills, problem-solving abilities, leadership and management skills and flexibility.

Information was also available on how the Army supports employers who are recruiting ex-soldiers, and there was a question-and-answer session and a chance for soldiers and potential employers to meet each other.

A second, smaller event afterwards drew ex-soldiers from as far afield as Cyprus.

Captain Glen Lishman, regimental manning and careers officer from 36 Engineer Regiment RE, said:

“The event was extremely worthwhile, from both a military perspective, especially for those in the process of leaving, and also from the civilian, commercial side.

“Both groups were grateful for the opportunity to speak with each other, something a number of companies and individuals hadn’t experienced before.”

Major Jodie Kennedy-Smith, from Headquarters 11 (Infantry) Brigade, added: “Our men and women leave the services armed with some fantastic skills and technical qualifications.

“What is more, we provide significant educational opportunities and funding for courses up to foundation degree level in order to better equip our service leavers to meet the skills demands after leaving the Army.”

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