Colchester Borough Council is to hold a business lunch, designed at promoting the benefits of employing ex-Armed Forces and Reservist personnel in the private and public sectors.

‘Benefits of Employing Ex-Armed Forces and Reservists’, a free event, aims to promote how ex-services employees can transfer skills from military life into civilian organisations.

Many MoD employees are offered training courses during their service such as high-level diplomas. Others have years of experience in logistics, catering and the management people. Other qualities include an excellent ability to work in a team, and provide leadership.

Colchester has a long-established relationship with the Armed Forces, with the first infantry barracks built in 1794 during the Napoleonic Wars. Today, Colchester is home to several barracks including the Regimental Headquarters of the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Corps of Signals.

Councillor Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said:

“Colchester Borough Council is committed to supporting the military community and I’m delighted that we’re able to offer this free event to local organisations.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for businesses to come along and find out more about how they as local employers can support those who have served in the armed forces.

“As part of our Better Colchester campaign, we’re keen to make Colchester an even better place to work and this event demonstrates the support and opportunities there are for local businesses and ex-armed forces and reservists in the borough.”

Spaces for this event are limited and organisations are encouraged to book their free place by emailing Armed.Forces@colchester.gov.uk by 4 October.

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