Mission Motorsport, the UK Armed Forces’ motorsport charity, has launched Mission Automotive – an Armed Forces engagement initiative designed to get ex-service people working in the automotive sector.
Mission Motorsport is leading the initiative, and is partnered with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and the Royal Foundation. It has backing from the British Ministry of Defence.
The idea behind Mission Automotive is pretty simple: get forces veterans and leavers in to careers within the UK automotive sector.
Getting set on civvy street
To those scoffing in the back saying that this should be an easy task – it isn’t. There are a number of hurdles facing former forces members looking to join civilian life. For one, even though they’ve had more specialist training than you or I are likely to ever have, civilian HR types aren’t too au fait with military acronyms. For some, finding where to start in the industry can be a hurdle in and of itself as well.
Mission Automotive’s job is to link veterans with a huge skillset with an industry that needs skilled individuals. The wealth of skills on offer range from logistics to high voltage specialities, to design and manufacture.
At Mission Automotive’s launch, the benefits of hiring former services personnel were laid out – they’re highly skilled, loyal, work well in a team, and are as dedicated as they come.
This initiative comes after Mission Motorsport has placed over 1700 people in the automotive industry since 2014.
“It can be difficult for Service Leavers to translate how their military experience allows them to fit into civilian career,” explains James Cameron, Mission Motorsport CEO. “Mission Automotive helps organisations to recognise, foster and retain that talent through developing and implementing their own Armed Forces engagement strategies. By promoting these positive business behaviours, the Mission Automotive initiative gives member companies the tools to unlock not only human potential, but also brand and corporate opportunities through embracing the Armed Forces Covenant.”