The rail industry has a history of recruiting new talent from the military and in collaboration with the Career Transition Partnership, Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) are proud to support that tradition through their Military is Good For Rail careers events. This year will see RFM’s third Military is Good For Rail taking place on 27th May running from 9am-1pm.
Elaine Clark, CEO of RFM said: ”Our members, and the industry as a whole, value the brilliant work ethic and skill sets that military leavers possess which is why RFM are delighted to confirm that the fair is going ahead again this year albeit virtually. This new format brings the added benefit of more delegates having the opportunity to attend regardless of where they are based; so attendee numbers are set to increase well above the record 160 set in 2019.”
Exhibiting companies can expect to network with an estimated 200-250 delegates attending from all different areas and ranks of the military. Attendees will be a combination of both recent and imminent military leavers looking for jobs; people leaving in the coming 3-6 months that have identified rail as a serious option for them; and people not due to leave for around 12 months but who want to explore more about what rail has to offer. So, exhibitors will have a large range of delegates to network with.
RFM are thrilled to announce that this year’s event is sponsored by ISS Labour.
ISS Labour’s, Group Business Development & Strategic Partnerships Director, Simon Higgens said: “The UK railway network is enjoying a significant period of investment and growth but the workforce to deliver it is currently short of some 10,000 skilled workers. ISS Labour, who are proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant, recognise the broad range of skills and qualities Service Leavers possess and are proud sponsors of the ‘Military is Good for Rail’ event.”
With a dozen companies already confirmed to take part including infrastructure contractors, rolling stock companies and train operators RFM can accommodate another ten or so exhibitors providing delegates with a wide variety of potential roles and careers on offer. Military is Good for Rail will be held on the same highly interactive networking platform as InfraTalk which received a resounding thumbs up from attendees and participating Tier 1 companies following that event in January. With several floors of employer hosted tables together with smaller tables for more private dialogue in a one to one setting; delegates will be able to visit as many employers as they wish so the opportunity to network and connect with a large number of service leavers is vast.
The event will commence with a brief welcome and introduction to the industry, followed by 2-3 short case studies from individuals who have made the transition from the armed forces into rail. After that, the delegates have free rein to chat to any employer that they wish to speak to in order to find out more about their company and the potential opportunities on offer.