In January 2015, professional services firm EY signed a pledge to become an armed forces-friendly organisation and announced that it would be actively recruiting former military personnel.
The company has signed up to the Armed Forces Military Covenant, which commits EY to supporting the employment of veterans and their families, in addition to supporting employees who choose to become members of the Reserve Forces.
In the UK and Ireland, EY already employees more than 40 ex-military personnel and has a network of 130 people, including spouses of serving military, friends, family and reservists.
EY will be recruiting into all of its service lines, as part its ambitious growth plans, but expects most veterans to enter its advisory practice. New joiners will be recruited as experienced hires, rather than through the firm’s graduate programme, but the role, level of entry and additional training needs will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, EY will work closely with candidates to help them translate their military experience into transferrable skills for the private sector and will provide ongoing support through a mentoring scheme.
Bjorn Conway, EY’s head of government and public sector, UK and Ireland, commented: “At EY we are focused on finding top talent, regardless of background, and we recognise that many military personnel have a wealth of skills and leadership qualities that would be invaluable to our business. From their problem-solving abilities and resilience under pressure, to their people management and communication skills.
“We already have some great examples of partners, directors and managers who have successfully transitioned from the military into professional services and we are looking to formalise this career path through our recruitment process. We will be running events and establishing a network of former military mentors to help support our new recruits.”
The minister for reserves, Julian Brazier said: “It is excellent to see one of the UK’s largest professional services firms sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant, recognising the tremendous contribution that our armed forces and their families make to society, as well as the huge benefits that reservists and former service personnel can bring to the company.
“EY is working hard to ensure that all members of the armed forces community are fully supported in the workplace and I hope many more companies will follow their lead.”
For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant – click here: www.gov.uk/government/collections/armed-forces-covenant-supporting-information