Yorkshire firms in need of skilled staff are urged to hire ex-military personnel

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THEY’VE displayed a steady nerve in some of the toughest situations, and now former officers in the British Army are looking for career opportunities in Yorkshire.

A charity that helps officers leaving the services to find work has opened an office in South Parade, Leeds. It’s the first time The Officers’ Association has opened an office outside London, and the charity held a launch event at the Royal Armouries in Leeds last night to encourage more employers to support its work.

They heard from people like former army captain Chris Recchia, who is a lead partner for the Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme.

He’s a veteran of the first Gulf War who has shown how skills honed in the military can be transferred to civvy street.

Mr Recchia said that, apart from technical skills, former officers can also bring drive, integrity and emotional intelligence into the workplace.

“They can make good, sensible and pragmatic decisions,’’ he added.

“The trick is to translate what they’ve done in the military into a commercial value.”

The Officers’ Association works with the MoD’s Career Transition Partnership, and a key part of its work is to help officers with their transition from the services into civilian employment.