Meet Your Army event in Dundee

June 4, 2024
Ray Watt at his information stand.

The Army Engagement Group (AEG) was in Dundee on 16 May for a Meet Your Army event held at the Invercarse Hotel in the city’s West End.

The event offered an opportunity to engage with the Army and gain insights into its work. Attendees were able to learn about the various departments, their missions, and the individuals who serve. There was also an opportunity to interact with Army personnel.

Highland RFCA was in attendance, with Regional Employer Engagement Director Ray Watt setting up an information stand (main image) with the aim of raising awareness of the positive links between Defence and civilian employers in the Highland RFCA-area.

The event also provided an opportunity to engage with local Armed Forces Covenant signatories and Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Award holders including Angus Council, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce and The Dundee Gin Company Ltd. In addition, there was the chance to inform some new companies about the benefits of supporting Defence through the Armed Forces Covenant scheme.

Ray Watt speaks to a visitor.
Ray Watt chatting to a visitor during the Army Engagement Event in Dundee.

Among the other attendees was the Chair of Highland RFCA’s Highland Gold Network (HGN) Sharon Faulkner. The HGN consists of the current 39 Gold Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) employers in the HRFCA-area. The aim of the group is to advocate for Defence people, while sharing best practice and ideas, and to encourage and mentor Bronze and Silver employers to gain Gold Award status.

The main part of the event featured an excellent presentation from the AEG team, with 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland’s Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Clark providing Scottish context.

A question and answer session followed with a large number of queries relating to the Army’s recruitment process and operational focus.

The evening ran from 1830 and wrapped up with a buffet supper and an opportunity for networking.

The AEG had previously made presentations in Inverness and Livingston on 14 and 15 May respectively.

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