Cirencester Army Reserves take aim at workplaces
BUSINESSES were targeted this week as part of an Army recruitment drive.
The Cirencester Army Reservists, based on Somerford Road, held an open day to encourage more companies in the area to consider employing members of the Army reserves, formerly known as the Territorial Army.
“If an employer knows what an army reservist is and has to choose two candidates for the job, he will most likely choose the reservist. However, they might be put off if they aren’t well informed and think their employee might leave at a moment’s notice,” said John Beake of Support Britain’s Reservists and Employers.
The Army must give an employer at least 12 months notice if a reservist needs to be sent out for mobilisation and will support the employer by helping them find a temporary employee to fill the position. The Army will also compensate if that cover is more expensive than the reservist being covered.
“A small or medium enterprise will also claim £500 a month if they have an army reservist employee who had been mobilised,” John continued.
Army Reservists are soldiers who are also employed in a normal civilian job. They can be students, self-employed, unemployed or work part or full-time.
“Their civilian career always comes first for reservists,” John explained. “Being in the Army is second.”
Soldiers also gave a tour of the base as part of the open day and explained the various positions a soldier can hold, from combat medic to military chef.
“Often a reservist can deal with workplace stress better than their other colleagues,” said Lance Corporal Rachel Clayton. “Especially if they’ve been somewhere like Afghanistan.”
An employer who knows about the work Army reservists do will understand that they are bringing into the workplace a responsible, self-motivated, and self-disciplined employee.
“I’m a plumber when I’m not a reservist,” said Sergeant Dennis Walker. “There’s no difference to organising my diary or my customers at work than organising 12 soldiers here. Being a reservist gives people confidence which you don’t experience in normal life.”
The C Squadron in Cirencester is a reservist squadron and saw the biggest number of personnel deployed to Afghanistan last year of all four squadrons in the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.
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