TechVets are delighted to be shortlisted for two accolades in the 2021 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards.
The not-for-profit, a programme of the RFEA has been named as a frontrunner to receive an award in the EX-FORCES INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR category and TechVets CEO James Murphy is shortlisted in the NEW SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR category.
The finalists were whittled down from a record-breaking 600+ nominations, all of which demonstrated outstanding business achievements enabled by military-gained skills and values. The 2021 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, are the world’s largest celebration of veterans in second careers.
James Murphy, TechVets CEO;
“I am delighted that TechVets have been shortlisted for an EX-FORCES INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR award. This nomination is a testament to the dedication of our team of TechVets volunteers, the support of our sponsors and the hard-work of our parent programme organisation RFEA the Forces Employment Charity. The 2021 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards gives much deserved recognition to the businesses and personnel who continue to champion the exceptional skills that ex-forces bring to industry”.
Since launching in 2018, the prestigious awards initiative has played a prominent role in eradicating the negative misconceptions that disadvantage veterans in the workplace. In a study by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, a third of UK hirers said they’d feel reluctant hiring someone who served in the military, and just 48% of workers said they would feel comfortable working with a service leaver.
As the biggest platform for showcasing the exceptional talent pool formed by the thousands of people who leave the Armed Forces each year, the Ex-Forces in Business Awards cultivate a far more positive veterans narrative to the business community. By showing how military skills and values help enable business success, they demonstrate the strong value employers gain by supporting the transition of servicemen and women.
The Awards programme is also a powerful vehicle for increasing visibility of both role models and career opportunities for service leavers. The sheer breadth of opportunities available to veterans are displayed through the large variety of sectors represented on the shortlist.
Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO at SSAFA, Official Charity Partner of the Awards, said: “Many congratulations to everybody who has been shortlisted for the 2021 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards. SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is very proud to be associated with this important programme, which celebrates veteran employment and increases visibility of business role models for servicemen and women.
“As a former Chief of Defence People, and now Chief Executive at an Armed Forces charity which operates a mentoring scheme amongst other vital services, I am very aware of the challenges that can be faced by service leavers during their transition, and role models are crucial. It is heartening to see such a large volume and breadth of employers acknowledging the skills and values of those who have served their country.”
Sponsors of the Awards include Barclays, Barratt Developments, FDM Group, Galliford Try and Santander. The winners are decided by a judging panel of business leaders from companies including John Lewis, Boeing, Serco, Northern Trust, Lloyds Banking Group, Knight Frank, Dell, MBDA, GB Snowsport, the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the NHS.
Alistair Currie, Head of Corporate Banking at Barclays, Headline Sponsor of the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, said: “As a leading employer of military veterans in the UK and admirer of their skills and talents, Barclays are extremely proud to be headline sponsor of the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards for the second year running, and we congratulate all of the finalists for being incredible role models to service leavers.
“Having recruited over 600 veterans and supported thousands more through both our AFTER and VETS programmes, we are fully aware of how beneficial military-gained skills and values are and Barclays is a better business because of our veteran colleagues.
“These Awards play a crucial role in promoting the huge value that ex-forces personnel add in their second careers, both to their individual employers and to the economy as a whole. It is wonderful to see the veterans community come together in force and I have no doubt this outstanding talent pool will play a vital role in the UK’s economic rebound.”
The winners of this year’s British Ex-Forces in Business Awards will be announced and celebrated at a glittering ceremony on 2 December, taking place in the InterContinental London – The O2. In attendance will be over 1,000 business and military leaders, expected to represent over 400 UK employers. Jacqui Oatley MBE will host the ceremony, as well as introducing a programme of live entertainment and special guest speakers including the double Olympic rowing champion Major Heather Stanning OBE.