There’s only one week to go now until the 2017 Veterans’ and Dependents’ Jobs Fair for people in Plymouth who have left or are leaving the Armed Forces, as well as their families and their dependents.
The second annual jobs fair organised by Plymouth Armed Forces Corporate Covenant (coordinated by Plymouth City Council) takes place at Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 12pm to 6pm.
Last year’s jobs fair was a great success, with more than 230 people attending and 50 stands from employers across the city. Veterans and their families will get to visit company stands, talk about their own skills and experience to local employers, plus there will be workshops linked to self-employment; mock interviews and CV writing throughout the day.
The event has been sponsored by Wolferstans Solicitors, Babcock International, the Royal British Legion and BMT Asset Performance Ltd who are among the many employers that will be holding information stands at the jobs fair.
Natasha Mason worked in the Royal Navy for 19 years in the Communications and Weapons Engineering branches, leaving in 2013. Natasha completed a law degree in 2016 at Plymouth University and has worked at Wolferstans Solicitors since 2015 as a Paralegal. This summer Natasha passed her Legal Practice Course and Masters in Professional Legal Practice with the University of Law and will soon become a trainee solicitor with Wolferstans.
Natasha said: “I was nervous about applying for jobs having been turned down for one already. I researched law firms in Plymouth and found that Wolferstans Solicitors had signed the Armed Forces Covenant and the Defence Employers Recognition Scheme, and provided advice clinics for our Armed Forces community”.
“I was offered a paralegal position in the Family Law department and since then have moved to the Personal Injury department and work within the Wolferstans Armed Forces Team to provide greater support and signposting to our armed forces personnel, our veterans and their families by working with other local support organisations.”
Natasha also supported her employer to become the first law firm in the UK to be awarded the Defence ERS Gold Award. Natasha added: “It has been wonderful to combine my military background and experience with a new career.”
Among the local employers who successfully recruited at last year’s jobs fair is BMT Asset Performance. Their Technical Resources Manager Kevin Hurst said: “The event is a lot more personal than a ‘cold’ advert on a website – you can immediately find out more about each other and potentially save a lot of time! We’re really looking forward to this year’s event and, hopefully, finding some new recruits!”
Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture and Armed Forces Champion for Plymouth City Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to this year’s jobs fair. As a Veteran myself I know how hard it can be to adapt to civilian life and starting a new career, so it’s really important that we continue to do all we can to support local Veterans back into work when they leave the Forces.”
For more information about the event and to find out about other local veterans who have gone on to a successful second career, visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/veteransjobsfair