What is ChamberForce?
A partnership programme between selected Chambers of Commerce and local Army, Navy and RAF units, designed to bring tangible business benefits to Chamber members. Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce has already pledged its support by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and has also been awarded Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.
What’s in it for Business?
A few of the many benefits are:
• Access to highly-skilled Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to strengthen your workforce either as employees, or on temporary work placements.
• FREE leadership and teamwork training for your staff via a range of military-led activities and challenges. From half day workshops at your place of work, to a full weekend on a training exercise, these activities will develop your staff’s confidence, decision-making and resilience.
• Exclusive invitations to key networking events across the UK, including Land and Air Power Combat Demonstrations, Royal Navy ship visits and sea passages, Military Ceremonial Events and Tri-Service employer visits.
• Fully funded trips overseas with your Reservist employees on exercise during summer or cold weather operations, and a chance to discuss management and leadership strategies.
• FREE media and communications support to raise the profile of your business as an Armed Forces friendly employer across national business networks.
Did you know?
• That the Ministry of Defence (MoD) delivers training worth over £8,000 to every Reservist, every year? This makes Reservists on your workforce multi-skilled and highly adaptable, at no cost to your Business.
• That SME’s can claim up to £500 a month if their Reservist is mobilised, along with up to £2,000 worth of training costs and additional salary costs if needed.
• That employers have found having a Reservist on the workforce acts as a positive role model to younger members of staff, impacting positively on colleagues and productivity.
Armed Forces Personnel
Reservists make up around one sixth of all Armed Forces personnel and as such play a vital role in protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas.
June 26 2019 was Reserves Day – the day Reservists can wear their uniform to work – and we paid tribute to their hard work and dedication. After all, it’s not easy holding down two careers.
On the day Major General Ranald Munro CBE TD VR, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), said: “Today is a special day in the Defence calendar. Reserves Day allows us to celebrate and thank Reservists and their employers for their immense contribution.
“Reservists are key to the defence of our nation. They are an integral part of our Armed Forces. They sacrifice their spare time to train so as to be able to support the Regular Forces on a wide range of tasks, including at times of crisis at home and abroad. In today’s complex and unpredictable global security environment they ensure the nation can remain resilient against a myriad of threats. Every organisation, big or small, can make a difference in supporting Reserve service. I invite all businesses and organisations to join the 2500 other employers who have made the Armed Forces Covenant a priority and are standing firmly behind our Reservists.”
In this section we profile three Reservists, one from each branch of the Armed Forces – Royal Navy, Army and RAF. #SaluteOurForces
It’s not easy juggling one career, never mind two, but Andrew Fulton has been successfully doing just that for 16 years as a Leading Hand in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR). He is based at HMS Scotia (Rosyth).
HRFCA caught up with Andrew (48) to get his take on life as a Reservist. We also spoke to his civilian employer to find out how they support his Service.
Neil Millar is a 25-year-old BAE Systems engineer working at the Maritime Services facility at Dalgety Bay.
For the past three years he has been a key member of the team carrying out installation work in Rosyth on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers, the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. Neil is also a Lance Corporal with 106 Battalion of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in Grangemouth.
Stuart McAllan (33) is an Improvement Advisor with NHS Tayside in Dundee. He is also an RAF Medical Reservist with Leuchars-based 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron where he is a Pharmacy Technician.