Military2Energy: Energy Force

NOF Energy, the business support organization for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables, has teamed up with The British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) to launch The Military2Energy Careers Service. The service, which is designed to introduce ex-servicemen and women into careers in the energy sector, offers NOF Energy members the opportunity to communicate with and recruit from BFRS’s Armed Forces community of more than 14,000 skilled Service leavers.

NOF Energy and the BFRS are hosting their second Military2Energy Careers Event on Thursday 27th June 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. at Catterick Leisure Centre in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. The event, which is open to ex-military personnel and organizations in the energy sector, is a chance for energy sector supply chain employers and training companies to meet, network and recruit from a network of highly skilled Armed Forces leavers   interested in starting a career in the energy sector. The event follows on from the inaugural Military2Energy Careers Day in 2012, which proved successful for a number of ex-service people and employers. Each year, more than 20,000 individuals leave the Armed Forces. This figure is set to dramatically increase as the MoD plans to make 54,000 additional redundancies before 2015. The next round of redundancies will be announced on the 18th June 2013, shortly before the event. Many of these Service leavers possess valuable skills that are perfectly transferable to roles in the energy sector and with  staggered leaving dates, the Military2Energy Careers Services offers companies the opportunity to build a pipeline of skilled and able workers ready to resource future projects.

The partnership is committed to tackling both industries’ key skills and employment issues. The Military2Energy Careers Service allows NOF Energy members to take advantage of skilled ex-military personnel.

It offers companies a constant influx of ex-servicemen and women for enrollment on training courses, opportunity to promote vacancies at any point and organizes work trial placements with potential candidates through interaction with ex-military personnel at live and virtual career events and exhibitions, company listing on the BFRS website and inclusion in the BFRS newsletter.

The service also provides organizations in the energy sector with a 12 month program of support and multiple marketing opportunities to position their company as the employer of choice or leading training provider to the Armed Forces community.

Joanne Leng MBE, Director Business Development at NOF Energy, said: “The transferable skills of armed forces personnel make them perfect candidates for positions within the energy sector, with many possessing specialist engineering and technical skills in high demand from the sector. The Military2Energy Careers Service offers businesses in the energy sector an excellent platform to take advantage of the fantastic skills on offer and I would urge them to get involved with the scheme.”

Hannah Price, Marketing Director from The British Forces Resettlement Services, said: “BFRS champions the skills, qualities and expertise possessed by those in the Armed Forces community and we’re thrilled to be working with NOF Energy to help promote the valuable contribution that ex-military personnel can make to the energy sector.


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