Shell UK Country Chair Erik Bonino has signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant on behalf of the company in a show of support for the country’s armed forces community. As part of the Covenant, Shell has committed to employing ex-forces personnel where appropriate and encouraging current employees to consider joining the Reserves Forces.
In addition, a Shell representative will sit on the DPSAG (Defence Personnel Strategic Advisory Group) to discuss how UK industry and the Ministry of Defence can collaborate to support talent shortages, especially in STEM disciplines.
Both are positive moves and build on the current strong relationship Shell already has with the armed forces: many Shell employees have served. “We are proud of our record in supporting and employing veterans from the armed forces," says Erik, “and this Covenant and initiative underlines that support."
Veterans often have transferable skills that provide fresh opportunities for them and that are an asset to companies such as Shell.
Ryan Ramsey, Offshore Installation Manager at Shearwater, is served well by his experience as a nuclear submarine captain.
“To captain the nuclear submarine HMS Turbulent was always the zenith of my Royal Navy career,” he says. “I wanted to leave on a high. I visited Shell as part of the Windsor Leadership Programme. I was enthused and welcomed the opportunity to join the team, bringing my leadership skills, an ability to take calculated risks and confident decision-making skills.”
Daniel Jones, Cluster Security Manager, became interested in the energy industry after leaving the military and found that his army experience serves him well in a busy business environment.
“Our transferable skills stem from being able to communicate and influence effectively,” he says. “Ex-military personnel can brief senior leaders concisely, which is essential when dealing with multiple countries and business lines. This skill, from working on multinational operations and with different military units, allowed me to find my feet.”
Duncan Manning, Business Opportunity Manager for Brent Decommissioning, liked that Shell accepted his lack of industry experience for wider skills he developed as a Royal Marine.
“Shell attracted me with its challenges: harsh environments like the Northern North Sea, logistical and engineering challenges, working in high performing collaborative teams against the clock – similar to those faced in the military.”
Consider the Reserves
Shell is also supporting the government’s Future Reserves 2020 policy to grow and integrate our Armed Forces, by encouraging employees to consider joining the Reserves. Benefits include paid training and deployment, travel, and a variety of roles beyond combat, which could boost personal and professional development.
It’s a relationship that Shell hopes will benefit business and the individuals involved. As Duncan concludes: “Qualities of teamwork, selflessness, compliance, communication, loyalty and integrity, inculcated in the military, are great strengths for a second career.”