Local training provider celebrates the role of the Reserves as part of Armed Forces Week

As part of Armed Forces Week (22 – 27 June), Mold-based business Solvings – a leading IT infrastructure services, solutions and project consultancy – celebrated Reservists Day on Wednesday 24 June. The business, which is committed to supporting the Armed Forces and service leavers, opened its doors to local businesses and representatives of the Regular and Reserve forces for a buffet lunch and presentation.

On Reservists Day, Reserves nationwide wear their uniform in their civilian life as a way of highlighting the role they play. Solvings employee Sophie Williams, is also a member of the Reserves and was proud to take part in her employer’s event in uniform. When not working full time as a Project Coordinator at Solvings, Sophie helps out with the Reserves as a Vehicle Mechanic. Sophie joined the Reserves in December 2008 and has been involved in annual training camps in Bodon, Portsmouth, which Solvings has fully supported. Reservist Day highlights and recognises the valuable contribution made by Reserves, who make up approximately one sixth of Armed Forces personnel.

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing civilian life with a military career. They prepare to serve in the military, should they be required, and are integral to protecting the nation’s security, particularly providing capability in areas such as medical and cyber. Armed Forces Week pays tribute to those who make up the Armed Forces community from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

Last year Solvings became a partner of Recovery Career Services (RCS) – a charity that helps rehabilitate wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel. Following the buffet lunch Dougie Eaglesham, Practice Lead at Solvings gave a brief talk to guests on the work of the charity and provided an insight into Solvings’ involvement.  The event was also attended by members of the recruitment team for 101 Battalion, the Reserve branch in North West England and Wales. Cllr Dunbobbin, Leader of Flintshire County Council and Armed Forces Champion, members of the local business, education, third sector and recruitment community and the Mayor of Mold, Councillor Brian Lloyd were in attendance too. Quioptiq, a photonic products manufacturing and solutions company also attended in support.

Commented Steve Lysaght, Director at Solvings: “Our training services focus heavily on opportunities and courses aimed at helping armed forces leavers who are working towards a civilian career.  We work closely with the candidates to help them translate their armed forces skills into easily recognisable business skills.  Our own team includes several veterans. We recognise that the experience and expertise they gain from their forces careers can provide Solvings with innumerable benefits. It is therefore important to us that we show our support to the Armed Forces this week and this is just one way that we can do this, whilst also bringing members of the community together in solidarity.”

Steve also signed Solvings up to the Corporate Covenant agreement last year, in recognition of the nation’s moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces. Solvings is also committed to the MoD’s Defence Recovery Capability scheme, which it satisfies by delivering ‘Transition and Resettlement’ presentations at Personnel Recovery Centres (PRC) across the UK. Solving’s wanted to show it values its contracts with the MoD, and deliver these presentations as a way of giving back to service men and women.

For more information about the Armed Forces training programmes at Solvings visit www.solvings.co.uk or contact Amy Broadbent, Training Coordinator on 01352 331400 or email amy.broadbent@solvings.com.