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Jackson recognised for its commitment to employing ex-Forces personnel

Jackson has been recognised for its commitment to employing people who have come from the Armed Forces.

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The company recently received the bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), an initiative that acknowledges UK employers who take on defence personnel.

By signing up to the scheme, Jackson has pledged to promote being armed forces-friendly and being open to employing reservists and armed forces veterans, including the wounded, injured and sick, as well as cadet instructors and military spouses/partners

According to Jackson’s Head of HR and Training, Claire Chattenton, people coming out of the Forces tend to possess a number of valuable skills that can be transferred directly to the construction industry. These include the ability to solve problems and work in teams.

She said: “We have found that the teamwork skills of ex-Forces personnel are fantastic due to the roles they previously held. It’s a key skill for those working in our industry, as no project is built by an individual, it’s all about teamwork.

“When it comes to problem solving – there are many occasions when a project can be challenging and problem solving is a vital skill to success. It shows that an individual has a range of competencies such as logic, creativity, resilience, imagination and determination, all of which are key skills for a role in civil engineering.”