Erewash Borough Council

Guaranteed interview scheme for veterans

Erewash Borough Council is committed to The Armed Forces Covenant and recognises the value serving personal, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our organisation.
Erewash Borough Council will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant by promoting the fact it is an armed forces-friendly organisation and seeks to support the employment of veterans. The Council recognises it has a role to play in helping those leaving the Armed Forces (veterans) to fulfil their potential in civilian life.
Veterans can find making the transition to civilian life extremely challenging, particularly in finding and securing lasting employment. To support this, the Council has introduced a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Veterans.

Scope

  • The Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Veterans will operate for all external recruitment.
  • This scheme will not be considered in cases of redeployment, redundancy selection or internal reorganisations.

Equal Opportunities

  • The Council is an equal opportunities employer and recognises that a diverse workforce, coming from all sections of the community, can improve services by offering differing skills, experiences, backgrounds and cultures. The Council is also recognised as a Disability Confident Employer.
  • The Council is committed to supporting the armed forces community in Erewash, including all serving and former members, reservists and their families. The Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Veterans stems from this commitment.

What are the benefits of the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Veterans?

This scheme has a number of benefits, including the following:

  • Veterans can bring valuable transferable skills and qualities into the organisation, such as:
  • Organisational skills and commitment
  • Problem solving and adaptability
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Health and safety / security awareness
  • Team working skills
  • It may provide the recruiting manager with a wider selection of candidates to consider, using the essential criteria listed on the person specification relevant to the job.
  • It will assist veterans to overcome barriers in finding civilian employment.
  • It will help reduce the risk of veterans developing health and welfare problems as a result of long term unemployment.
  • It will contribute to the Council to developing an appropriately skilled workforce, and ensuring financial security and independence of veterans in the community.

Who is a Veteran in the UK?

The Ministry of Defence provides the following definition: “Veterans are defined as anyone who has serviced for at least one day in her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) or Merchant Mariners who have seen duty on legally defined military operations.”

A “Service Leaver” is a term for someone who is in transition from or has ceased to be a member of HM Armed Forces. Many former Armed Forces personnel in the UK do not define themselves as “veterans.”

For the purposes of this information, the term “veteran” will be used to represent all former Armed Forces Personnel.

What is the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Veterans?

The Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Veterans is a commitment that the Council has made to support the Armed Forces Community Covenant. This commitment is to guarantee an interview for any veterans that meet the essential criteria set out in the person specification.

The scheme is not a guaranteed job for Veterans, as selection procedures will ensure the best candidate for the job is appointed, based on the objective criteria of the job description and person specification.

Who is eligible for a Guaranteed Interview?

Applicants that meet the essential criteria set out in the person specification. Anyone who meets the essential criteria on the person specification for the role they have applied for, are guaranteed an interview.

How will the Scheme work?

Person Specification:

Before advertising, the recruiting manager needs to review the person specification and ensure that it lists all the key skills and qualifications that are essential to the role. This will ensure that shortlisting is completed in an objective way.

Shortlisting

The recruiting manager should check the application form to see if the applicant has declared that they are a veteran. Any veteran that meets the essential criteria for the role and the Scheme must be offered an interview alongside other applicants that meet the essential criteria. This will ensure a veteran does not displace a candidate that meets the essential criteria, thus widening the shortlist and ensuring the equality of opportunities.
Where a veteran is classed as disabled they will be considered under the Disability Confidence Scheme.

Interviewing 

The recruiting manager/Personnel can check one of the following:

  1.  The veteran’s military service record which may be a useful demonstration of their skills and experience. Or:
  2.  See proof of the applicant’s Armed Forces discharge date. Where a candidate has falsely claimed to be a Veteran any offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Feedback

Currently there is no obligation to provide feedback to applicants that were not shortlisted. However, where possible recruiting managers will attempt to feedback to unsuccessful interviewees.

Care should be taken when providing feedback to unsuccessful applicants, making sure that it is based on factual evidence from the interview notes.


As a first step to gaining civilian employment, veterans may be keen to receive feedback on how they have performed at interview.