As governments around the world prune defence budgets – the UK’s armed forces alone are being reduced by 29,000 posts by 2015 – initiatives to help service people start second careers are proliferating. In the US, employers ranging from retailer Walmart to investment banks and technology companies have launched recruitment drives to pick up veterans with transferable skills, benefit from tax credits for businesses that hire former military personnel, and win some favourable publicity. In the UK, Barclays, telecoms group BT and multinationals such as General Electric and US banks are among a smaller but growing band that is targeting veterans with employment skills workshops, career days and internships.
Chief executive of GE UK, Mark Elborne, spent time with a final year apprentice from GE Healthcare at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Thursday where he learned about transferability of skills and the importance of role models.
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GE is set to recruit hundreds of UK software engineers and data scientists in the coming months, as part of its “internet of things” strategy drive. The internet of things is not a new concept but the buzzword is becoming more frequent in the IT industry as the likes of IBM, Intel and Cisco spearhead projects aimed at connecting billions of machines capable of communicating without human involvement. GE has a three-year strategy and a fund of $1.5bn to build out such projects, which it terms the “Industrial Internet”. William Ruh, GE software research vice president, is overseeing the investment, which includes the hiring of 8,000 software engineers worldwide.
Amy Strange, a second year GE Aviation engineering apprentice studying at Coleg Morgannwg has been recognised for her outstanding achievements by the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF). Amy received the industry accolade at the 2012 EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, signifying her as the apprentice in Wales who has done the most to seize the training and development opportunities provided during the second year her apprenticeship. Speaking of her achievement, Amy Strange, who is employed by GE Aviation in Caerphilly, said: “I feel very proud to have won this award and I am incredibly grateful to Coleg Morgannwg and GE Aviation for providing me with the opportunity to train under the Pathways to Apprenticeship scheme.”
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