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RAF Reservists are given world-class accredited training to develop key skills that form not only the foundations of an invaluable Reservist but also an invaluable employee. This training can amount to £8,000 per annum (for an organisation to implement). Core skills are developed that are valuable in business such as: •Self-confidence •Determination •Teamwork •Problem solving •Leadership •The ability to work under pressure

Transferable skills which add significant value to you as an employee are gained at all levels. These include: •Communications and IT •Language skills •LGV licences •First aid •Catering •Health and safety •Personnel management

Undergoing training and serving on operations further develops resourcefulness, perseverance and the ability to improvise in unfamiliar or difficult circumstances. Individuals have exceptional team spirit with the ability to lead and follow,and acquire avariety of qualities that every employer looks for; such as commitment, respect, integrity and discipline.

Case Study SACWilliam Blair,

Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Barclays

“I’ve met some really great people in the Reserves – individuals from different backgrounds, united by Serving their country”

How did you become a Reservist?

Afew years ago, Ifound myself in ajob that Iwasn’t particularly enjoying. Iwanted an opportunity to get out

of my chair and do something abit more active and exciting. That’s when Iapplied to join the Royal Air Force as aRegular – |Spring 2018 | ENVOY

but Imissed the recruitment window.Afriend, who had served, suggested the Reserves. Ifound out about asquadron dedicated to media relations, which is my professional background, so Ivisited the unit to learn more. Everyone Imet was really enthusiastic and made me feel welcome. I’ve been with them for three years now. It’s been areally positive experience.

What’s it like being aReservist and working at Barclays?

Iwas approached by arecruiter for my current role at Barclays. When Iwas putting my CV together,the recruiter suggested Ileave off the Reserves because she thought it would hurt my chances. I wanted to be up front and manage expectations about my RAF career with my new employer,and so we agreed to leave it in. I’m very glad Idid because in the first meeting Ihad at Barclays Head Office, the interviewer spotted it immediately and responded really positively, letting me know how supportive Barclays is of the Armed Forces.

Barclays offers flexible working, additional leave and there is a Reservist HR policy,sothere are standard guidelines for managers to follow.IfIhave atraining weekend Ican leave early to get out to my unit. Ialso find it’s part of the culture. My line manager is very supportive and recognises the value of being aReservist.

How do you balance two careers?

Having asecond job with the Reserves keeps both careers fresh. I’ve found good ways of working in both and the skills are transferable. Ihave to be very organised. Iplan my diary far in advance in order to balance both careers with my personal life. My squadron is very supportive and they always emphasise that the Reserves should be my third priority after family first and the day job second.

Further information: Search for ‘RAF Recruitment’ online*

*new website under construction at time of going to print.

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