Crawley Borough Council has signed up to the Veterans’ Interview Programme (VIP), which gives a guaranteed interview for armed forces veterans.
The scheme went live earlier this month and applies to current and all future vacancies at the council.
The VIP, which has been developed as part of the council’s commitments under the Crawley Armed Forces Community Covenant, encourages employers to offer a guaranteed interview to ex-servicemen and women who meet the essential criteria of the job they have applied for.
The council will also encourage other local employers to sign up to the scheme.
Councillor Chris Oxlade, member for community engagement, said: “This programme recognises that ex-servicemen and women have a huge amount to offer potential employers with a wide range of experiences and skills arising from their service in the armed forces including leadership, teamwork and organisation.
“I’m delighted that we are one of the first local authorities to sign up to the Veterans’ Interview Programme and hope that this scheme encourages ex-servicemen and women to consider applying for positions at the council.”
VIP is a voluntary scheme which gives veterans a chance to show employers how their skills and experience could benefit their business.
“It’s not a guaranteed jobs programme, but it will help improve their transition and resettlement to civilian life,” said a council spokesman.
To help the applicant and the recruiting manager, the council’s online application form now includes an option for the applicants to advise if they are a veteran.
The council signed the Crawley Armed Forces Community Covenant in June, 2013.
It was drawn up between the council and the local armed forces community, including 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), the Royal British Legion and SSAFA.
For more information on the Community Covenant visit www.crawley.gov.uk/covenant