'Military spouses need a more level playing field'
WIVES and girlfriends of military personnel deserve a "level playing field" when competing for jobs in the county, according to a company boss.
Heledd Kendrick, founder and CEO of Recruit for Spouses, which supports the partners of service personnel into employment, believes business leaders have an opportunity to take advantage of thousands of skilled workers.
Speaking at business networking event Get Connected, which was organised by the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo and took place at the ARRC base at Imjin Barracks in Innsworth last week, she called for more employers to take note.
The event tied in with Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo campaign Jobs For Our Forces, which aims to make businesses more aware of the skills ex-servicemen and women can bring to the workplace including strong work ethic, leadership and teamwork.
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Launched in The Business in July this year, the campaign is in association with Stonehouse-based Omega Resource Group, who also attended the Get Connected event. Heledd said: "We've pitched to a lot of blue-chip companies and local companies as well to let businesses tap into this pool of talent. We have 4,000 people on our books. The key thing about military spouses is that they are very resilient and very resourceful. A lot of what we are doing is creating a level playing field. It's amazing the amount of positive morale it gives to the forces."
Claire Segrave, of Churchdown, took a job with BBC The Apprentice competitor Rory Laing, who was in the TV show's third series, thanks to Recruit for Spouses.
Claire, who trained as a PA and attended the Get Connected event, called on county employers to take on more military wives and partners, who she said had an array of great skills and traits.
"Gloucestershire was one of the hardest places I found to get work. The local business community needs to take note of the abilities the women have," she said.
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If you would like to enquire about recruiting ex-servicemen or women, contact Omega Resource Group on 01453 827 333 or log on to the company's website omegaresource.co.uk.