VOLVO Car UK is offering ex-armed forces personnel the chance to find careers in its retailer network.
It has partnered with Mission Motorsport to help veterans bridge the gap between the army, navy and air force and civilian life via the charity’s armed forces engagement programme Mission Automotive.
Laura Loughran, commercial training manager at Volvo Car UK, said: ‘Having had family serve in the Royal Navy, I understand how difficult it can be for those leaving the armed forces to translate their many and varied skills into civilian life.
‘As a leading automotive manufacturer, Volvo has a comprehensive human resources support and training programme, which we believe will be immensely beneficial for those seeking employment through Mission Automotive.
‘In return, the company will gain by being able to recruit from such a huge pool of military talent. I’m full of pride that we will be able to help ex-armed forces personnel match skills learnt in the military with lifelong, sustainable automotive careers.’
James Cameron, chief executive of Mission Motorsport, said: ‘Our servicemen and women have so much to offer society after they have left military service. Working with major brands like Volvo can only serve to help our veterans lead fulfilling civilian lives.
‘Volvo recognises that the ex-military are already highly trained and incredibly motivated. The company echoes the same best-practice and working ethos on which we at Mission Automotive pride ourselves, and I am really looking forward to reaping the rewards of this new partnership.’
Since its inception, Mission Motorsport has supported more than 1,700 veterans in full-time positions with member companies. Many of them have had career-ending injuries while serving.
Volvo will work with Mission Automotive’s relationship managers to run insight visits and arrange work placements as well as training in a range of roles within the retailer network.
Pictured is Volvo Car UK’s advanced training and development centre in Daventry