Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted their second Insight into Industry day on 15th June, welcoming 15 transitioning soldiers from the Personnel Recovery Centre in Edinburgh. Several Chamber members took part in supporting the day, and in sharing their business knowledge.
The morning session was led by Creation Social Media and focussed on creating a strong LinkedIn profile to highlight employability and transferable skills. A very informative and interesting session which generated a lot of questions. In the afternoon, the delegates heard from RAF veteran Simon Cole of DOGFI.sh Mobile, on both his experiences of resettlement and also what he looks for when recruiting new staff - Some top tips from Simon.
To round off the day there was a session on self-employment and starting your own business, led by Michelle McKearnon from the Chamber. Working in groups, the former soldiers “set up” their businesses, ranging from an ice-cream van to an online dating agency, and then reacted to a sudden crisis in the market. This exercise couldn’t have been a better showcase for military planning and adaptability, with the team running the “Stand Down” care home coming up trumps in demonstrating how their military skills would be put to good use in a civilian environment. Personally, I would have hired the lot of them there and then!
A great day and thanks to Capt Kenny Darnton for co-ordinating the visit.