Over 100 local employers from Devon and Cornwall gathered at the spectacular Royal Citadel, Plymouth on Tuesday evening (7th July) to hear about the benefits of employing Reservists.
Representatives from Plymouth Citybus, Princess Yachts, The Cornwall College Group and Plymouth High School for Girls were among the 100 employers who attended the event, which was hosted by the Army Engagement team and 1 Artillery Brigade
Colonel Toby Bridge, Deputy Commander 1 Artillery Brigade, opened the presentation emphasising the importance of Plymouth as part of the wider plan to increase Reserve numbers. “Within Plymouth is a useful workforce as far as we the Army are concerned.”
There are currently 350 Reserves within the Plymouth area, 200 of which are Army Reserves. A further 100 are needed by 2020, in order for targets to be met.
Colonel Toby Bridge went on to say; “This is not a big ask, but the ask is not just from the population we are recruiting from, but also you as employers.”
Lance Corporal Stuart Ross, a Reservist from the 165 Port and Maritime Regiment based at Derriford and also an employee of South West Water, spoke about his time in the Reserves. Stuart joined the Reserves in 2002 and has been on two tours of duty during this time.
Stuart said about the benefit of the skills he had learned with the Reserves; “I put my promotion in my civilian job completely to the experience I have gained in the Reserves.”