Bringing military skills to civilian jobs
It’s this challenge that ISS UK’s JointForces@ISS program is designed to overcome. Alongside his day job as IMS and Quality Manager at ISS UK, Ray runs the program with a team of ISS volunteers. He’s keen to stress that JointForces@ISS isn’t about getting veterans into jobs at ISS; it’s about ISS helping veterans get into work, full-stop.
“A veteran is a fantastic asset to an employer,” he says. “Military personnel develop strong leadership and teamworking skills. They’re calm under pressure and very good at finding solutions. They also bring a perspective and training that other employees just don’t have. Of course, we’d love to have all the veterans we help join ISS – but the program is about matching veterans to a job, whether that’s at ISS, with one of our customers, or somewhere else.”
The best version of yourself
The concept of the program is fairly simple and covers five stages, from an open day to finding meaningful work. At the open days – either at an ISS office or online – veterans can learn about the program and the company. If they’re interested in participating, they’re assigned a mentor, who guides them through the job-hunting process, being part of a mock interview, building CV’s and converting qualifications to identifying opportunities and writing applications.
So far, it’s proven extremely successful. The program was established in 2017. To date, 391 veterans or their spouses have entered the program. 322 of those have begun new careers, either at ISS or at one of our customers.
And it’s not just the veterans who benefit. ISS staff who volunteer as mentors also find the program incredibly valuable.
“I get a huge sense of enjoyment and fulfilment from helping someone else,” says Zoe Moulson, an ISS UK Account Director and JointForces@ISS mentor. ““Being a mentor makes me want to be the best version of myself. And when I give advice or challenge my mentees, it inspires me to take on new challenges myself.”
Supporting diversity and social mobility
The JointForces@ISS programme is just one of a number of our initiatives across the globe that help vulnerable groups prepare for and find work so they can improve their livelihoods. Ray and the team in the UK are inspired by this global approach. “We want to bring the program to as many countries as we can, so we can support veterans of every nationality across the world.”