October 1, 2015

HRFCA was at the University of Stirling for the launch of the new Scottish Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (SVETS). 

SVETS is designed to support Scottish employers in securing the employment of Service Leavers.

With representatives from a range of organisations including the Career Transition Partnership, Poppy Scotland, Salute My Job, Forth Valley College and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the event allowed SVETS to explain their aim of helping small and medium-size enterprises in Scotland to reach out, find and ideally employ Armed Forces leavers.

The September 30 launch was sponsored by Veterans Scotland and supported by Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The guest speaker, General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE, spoke about how it is essential for service leavers to fulfil their potential, as too often they accept civilian jobs which do not fully exploit their skills, experience or personal qualities.

Also speaking was Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, who suggested veterans from all over the UK should be encouraged to settle in Scotland at the end of their Service as in this country their contribution is fully recognised.

Ross Tuffee and Simon Cole from Mobile gave their impressions from the employer and employee point of view, stressing the importance of Service leavers finding jobs that allow them to fully utilise their skills.

The Provost of Stirling, Mike Robbins, and Stirling Council HR boss Kristine Johnson – both keen supporters of Veterans, Reservists and Cadets were among the guests.

HRFCA wishes SVETS every success and looks forward to working with them.


General Sir Nick Parker speaking at the event.


Keith Brown MSP suggested veterans from all over the UK should be encouraged to settle in Scotland.