Officer Employment Forum

Date: 4 November, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Location: Online


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The civilian jobs market is changing rapidly. Employers’ expectations of new hires suggest that today’s candidates need to be more agile, entrepreneurial and results-orientated than ever before.

Military skills and expertise provide the perfect antidotes to hiring shortfalls, but how do you find that essential next-step new role as you forge your next career?

Join our final Officer Employment Forum of the year as we explore today’s recruitment landscape and learn from former officers who have successfully transitioned. Hear from actively recruiting employers and senior recruitment experts from across industry sectors who, together, will provide invaluable commercial insights to help you plan your next steps.

Key themes and sessions throughout the day cover:

  • Commercial Awareness – what is it, and how do I demonstrate it?
  • Understanding & Articulating your Management Discipline
  • Finding your Fit
  • The Evolving Employment Landscape – am I prepared?

This is your opportunity to hear first-hand what employers are really looking for and gain a strong understanding of the changing world of work. So, if you’re looking for your first or fourth civilian role, this event will give you the practical knowledge and confidence needed to change roles.

You’ll leave feeling confident in your knowledge about emerging and thriving sectors and understand how and where to find your next opportunity – enabling you to better prepare and succeed in your next career move.

The day is designed around you, allowing you to dip in and out of the sessions most relevant to your current situation.

10:00-10:10 Welcome
10:10-10:15 Headline Welcome, from Sandra Henke, Group Head of People & Culture at Hays Recruitment
10:15-10:45 Executive Panel with three industry leaders
10:45-11:15 Employment Landscape Update: the Future of Work
11:30-12:30 Demystifying Civilian Management Disciplines
12:30-13:00 Qualifications & Further Education
13:50-14:30 Veteran Voices with BAE Systems, Chill-Chain and 2 more tba
13:50-14:30 Employer Presentations from our Sponsors Hays & Jacobs and 1 more tba
15:30-15:50 HR & Recruitment Panel
15:50-16:00 Close



“Hays is proud to be sponsoring this event to support professionals who have served in the military. We’re extremely passionate about placing former armed forces personnel into the world of work and offer plenty of resources to help them secure a new role upon leaving the military.

“We believe veterans possess valuable transferable skills and are often highly qualified, making them excellent candidates for exciting career opportunities across a range of industries. Leadership and communications skills alone, can make ex-forces personnel highly desirable to employers.

“It’s important that former military personnel are recognised for their range of skills, especially soft and core skills, which can be translated well into a number of job categories and the potential they have to transition into new industries with additional training and support.’’

Meet the speakers

Mark Staniland, Regional Managing Director of Hays London City, Midlands & Ireland

Mark joined Hays in 1985 as a trainee consultant. In 2000, he launched Hays Education with just six recruiting experts. By 2007, it had become the market leading education recruitment consultancy in the UK with a turnover of £70m, and employing 250 staff. He was appointed as Managing Director of Hays Midlands in 2011, and in 2015 was also appointed Regional Managing Director of Hays City of London business, based in Cheapside. In 2019, Mark was also appointed Regional Managing Director of Hays Ireland.

Sandra Henke, Head Of People & Culture at Hays Plc, Member of the Global Management Board

Believing people to be at the heart of the businessWith 24 years of experience, Henke thrives on creating opportunities and unlocking peoples’ talent and potential. Under Henke’s leadership, Hays has been recognized as a Great Place to Work in several countries and has also received the National Equality Standard in the UK. During the past year, Henke and her team have progressed the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion agenda within Hays, including a focus on inclusive leadership and culture and further expanding social purpose initiatives.

Yvonne Smyth, Group Head of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion for Hays Plc And Director of UK Specialist Human Resources & Legal Recruiting Teams

Hays is very often the bridge between the employers in the world of work and professionals looking to progress their careers.  Yvonne spearheads the opportunity and responsibility that Hays has to be a champion for change, not only as a leading employer in the staffing sector but also as a positive influencer and agent for change in the wider world of work.
Yvonne works closely with customers and Hays specialist consultant teams to shape, create, and implement the recruitment strategies that effectively support and increase the representation of more diverse staff profiles and inclusive workplace cultures. Yvonne also chairs Hays Leading Women, a highly regarded network for professional women which delivers a programme of personal and professional insights and events designed to support women to achieve their full potential as they progress their careers.


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