HRFCA hosts Engineering Round Table event

April 17, 2024
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Guests at the Engineering Round Table event.

Highland RFCA hosted an Engineering Round Table in Clydebank to raise awareness of the wide range of skills former members of the Armed Forces can bring to the workplace.

The 28 March event was held at the Golden Jubilee Conference Centre, with around 35 guests invited from across the engineering sector.

General Officer Scotland Major General Robin Lindsay CBE welcomed the invitees.

Commander Phil Burgess RN
Guests were welcomed by General Officer Scotland.

A highly-informative Royal Navy briefing followed from Commander Phil Burgess RN, who is the Senior Naval Officer on the state-of-the-art Type 26 frigate HMS Glasgow. Commander Burgess detailed the types of engineers found in the Royal Navy, their skill sets and core values. He then went on to show what those individuals could bring to the civilian world in terms of being leaders and team players who possess the values of personal responsibility and accountability.

Guests at an Engineering Round Table event.
Commander Phil Burgess RN during his presentation.

Highland RFCA Regional Employer Engagement Directors Roy McLellan and Ray Watt then discussed the Armed Forces Covenant and Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) and how Veteran and Reservist transferable skills can benefit workforces across the engineering sector.

Engineering Round Table guests.
Ray Watt speaks during the open forum.

In addition, Scottish Engineering Chief Executive Paul Sheerin gave a talk. Guest also had the chance to quiz the experts during an open forum session.

Among the employer organisations represented were Armed Forces Covenant and ERS Silver Award holders the University of Dundee, and Glenhead Engineering; and Armed Forces Covenant and ERS Bronze Award holder Briggs Marine and Environmental Services.

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant.

Find out more about the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

Find out more about HMS Glasgow, a Type 26 frigate built in her namesake city and due to enter service in the mid 2020s.

Guests at an Engineering Round Table event.
Paul Sheerin addresses the guests.