Introducing ‘The Employer Toolkit’

Sam Sowemimo Disability, Getting you back to work, Jobs, Military

Want to hire ex-Service people or provide a more inclusive workplace for those with mental or physical health conditions?

Great news for employers all over the UK: We have developed The Employer Toolkit – a resource for employers that is full of advice and guidance for employing and managing disabled and ex-Forces men and women.

The Employer Toolkit comprises 10 sections, covering everything from mental health to employment law. It helps employers to understand what a career in the military entails, whilst ‘myth busting’ common misconceptions about some health conditions and why it can be especially tough for disabled veterans to enter the civilian jobs market, despite having a wealth of proven transferable skills.

Roz Golds, National Express ‘Military Promise’ leader told us:

“Diversity is key to a strong workforce and veterans in particular bring strong skills sets to the table, including perseverance, team-working, problem-solving and leadership.

“We’d absolutely encourage other companies to look at The Employer Toolkit and see how working with veterans could make a positive difference to their business.”

The Employer Toolkit has been generously funded by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). Meri Mayhew, Deputy Chief Executive of the FiMT, agrees with National Express:

Wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women have a great deal to contribute, with many bringing unique yet transferable skills and experiences to their workplaces. Employment does not just help veterans make successful transition to civilian life but actively benefits employers as well.

“Understanding how best to approach the individual needs of ex-Service personnel in workplace requires relatively little effort but can generate great outcomes not just for the individual, but also for the employer.”

The Poppy Factory has a vision for a world in which every workplace values disabled veterans.

We hope to achieve this by sharing our knowledge and expertise, highlighting the barriers faced by these individuals, and helping to transform the way organisations think about employing disabled ex-Service personnel.

Please help us change the lives of disabled veterans by sharing this toolkit with your contacts.