Following calls by Clwyd West AM and Chair Cross-Party Group on the Armed Forces and Cadets, Darren Millar, the First Minister has announced that the Welsh Government will be introducing ‘guaranteed interviews’ to help veterans access employment after leaving the military.
Questioning the First Minister in the Senedd back in March, Darren said ’guaranteed interviews’ assist veterans in overcoming barriers to finding civilian employment and asked whether the Welsh Government would consider introducing them and promoting them more widely within the public sector.
This week, Darren received a letter from the First Minister, Mark Drakeford AM, stating that a voluntary ‘’Guaranteed Interview’ scheme for service leavers and veterans will be adopted by the Welsh Government’.
“This is absolutely fantastic news and I thank the First Minister for listening to my calls and acting on them.
“Many veterans face difficulty in trying to access employment once they have left their time in the military and guaranteed interviews are one way of helping them overcome the barrier they face.
“In the United States, there are guaranteed interviews with some public sector employers so that veterans have the opportunity to at least present themselves directly to an employer, and these have proved to be very successful in assisting veterans in their transition back to civilian life.
“In his letter, the First Minister said that the scheme will build on the Employment Pathway and Employers Toolkit already in place and that he hopes this will encourage other organisations and businesses across the public, private and third sectors to do likewise - I hope so too!
“It is expected that the scheme will be in place early in the New Year.”