We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand-new podcast, which went live on Friday, 24 November…Forces Employment Charity: The Podcast. Cathrine Slaatta presents this inaugural episode titled, ‘Keeping motivated on the job hunt’ and features its CEO, Alistair Halliday and Veterans Support Employment Manager, Kevin Grist. 

The podcast explores incredible stories, insights, and resources that empower Service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families in their quest for meaningful careers and fulfilling lives. Throughout the series, we emphasise the importance of resilience, camaraderie, and the indomitable spirit that defines our military community. 

The first episode investigates the hurdles Service leavers and veterans encounter in their job search, exchanging personal stories and motivational strategies. Our conversation delves into harnessing the distinctive strengths of veterans and emphasising the importance of a support system and resilience.  

Alistair Halliday highlighted three key aspects in interviews:  

What are people after in an interview? Firstly, can you do the job? Secondly, do you want the job? And third, will you fit in? Understanding the culture and environment of the organisation you are looking to go into is very important. For employers, it is a different message. This is an amazing talent pool of individuals; you don’t have to feel sorry for them. It is not about welfare or corporate social responsibility; it is just good business, and it is good for the bottom line. If you have Service leavers and veterans come into your organisation, they are going to show all these skills, be resilient, be great team players, and they are going to deliver when you need it or when you least expect it.” 

Forces Employment Charity: The Podcast serves as an extended avenue of support. We strive to offer steadfast assistance by connecting veterans and military families with job opportunities and delivering invaluable training and resources. Join us as we celebrate stories of strength, success, and service!

Consider supporting the podcast by subscribing to the Forces Employment Charity’s YouTube channel. 

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Rewarding veterans in business, fitness, sport, and the wider community


The Forces Employment Charity is partnering with and sponsoring the Northern Ireland Veterans Awards 2023!

Northern Ireland boasts a remarkable community of highly accomplished Armed Forces veterans who have transitioned successfully from military to civilian life. These awards are a testament to their outstanding achievements in various fields and serve as beacons of inspiration for future service leavers.

Alana Surgenor, Regional Employment Advisor for the Ex-Forces Employment Programme, said: “Forces Employment Charity takes pride in supporting ex-forces personnel in Northern Ireland to help them understand, showcase and sell the amazing skills that come from having a service background. The veterans from Northern Ireland have always been and continue to be resilient and tenacious with a strong work ethic, that would no doubt, bring a lot to any employer. Forces Employment Charity is proud to sponsor this year’s Northern Ireland Veterans Awards after the success of the first one last year. It is a wonderful opportunity to thank the hardworking and helpful individuals who continue to show how important veterans are within the community of Northern Ireland.”

Individuals of any nationality can apply, provided they are based and operate in Northern Ireland.

If you believe a business, individual, or client deserves recognition for their accomplishments, we encourage you to nominate them for the Northern Ireland Veterans Awards!

Rewarding veterans in business, fitness, sport, and the wider community


We are thrilled to share that the Forces Employment Charity is partnering with and sponsoring the Scottish Veterans Awards 2024.

The awards welcome Military Veterans in Scotland who make noteworthy contributions. They also celebrate Reservists surpassing expectations and companies that wholeheartedly support or hire from our community.

Claire Sally, Scotland Employment Consultant for the Ex-Forces Employment Programme, said: “Forces Employment Charity understands and appreciates the tenacity and resilience of those who have served in the Armed Forces. Ex-servicemen and women hold many attributes including their dedication, humility and strong work ethic which is noticed and valued amongst the civilian community. We are proud to support the Scottish Veterans Awards 2024, which celebrates the veterans and organisations who continue to show the value that the veteran community brings to society in Scotland.”

Individuals of any nationality can apply, provided they are based in Scotland.

If you believe that your business, an individual, or a client deserves recognition for their achievements, nominate them for the Scottish Veterans Awards!

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