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Deloitte launches Military Transition and Talent programme

24 January 2013

Deloitte, the business advisory firm, today announces the launch of its Military Transition and Talent programme.

The programme is aimed at current and ex-military personnel moving from the armed forces to the private sector. It seeks to support, transition and develop those leaving the armed forces by introducing them to the business world, and helping them with specific skills and networking opportunities.  

Leading Deloitte’s new programme is Chris Recchia, an ex-army captain who joined Deloitte in 2001 and is now a partner in the firm’s enterprise risk services team. He said: “People are continually leaving the armed forces, whether because of injury, redundancy or a decision to start a second career. These individuals often have a wide range of transferable skills in supply chain and project management, procurement and IT.  

We also see a wealth of personal attributes, including high levels of motivation, leadership skills and a strong desire to succeed. Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen some of these people join our firm, and we now have over 50 people from a military background working at Deloitte. We hope the programme will open the door for ex-military personnel who want to make the move into a commercial environment.”

Deloitte will be running quarterly ‘Insight’ days for people interested in learning more about the programme and working in the private sector. The first Insight day for the military was hosted in 2012 and coordinated with the Officer’s Association, the Army Recovery Capability and the Career Transition Partnership. The day included presentations from ex-military employees, tips on ‘civilianising’ a CV, assessment procedures and networking drinks.

Recchia continued: “It was empowering for us as a firm to host an event that brought together so many exceptional and inspiring individuals into a business forum, and to help them start the first step of their transition. Although not everyone who attends an Insight day will want a career with the firm, we hope they will build a lasting affinity with Deloitte.”

Major Peter Flynn, currently serving in the Parachute Regiment, said: ‘’The Insight day at Deloitte was hugely informative and answered two key questions: exactly what does a top end professional services firm like Deloitte do and just how could you fit in? It provides an ideal stepping stone on the transition pathway from military service to civilian career."

‘’From a personal perspective, you draw a great deal of confidence from the Insight day, when you discover that you do have plenty of transferable skills and could really fit in with a prestigious business like Deloitte."

For more information on Deloitte’s Military Transition and Talent programme please visit: http://mycareer.deloitte.com/uk/en/professionals/military-recruitment

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Notes to editors:

Help For Heroes
Since 2010, Deloitte has been working with Help for Heroes (H4H), a national charity that supports wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, veterans and their families.  The firm has helped H4H tackle urgent strategic and organisational issues, as well as raise funds to support its core mission. The broad range of support includes providing strategic advice to senior management, project management expertise and pro bono work.  As well, over 5,000 employees have been involved in volunteering and fundraising over £500k.

Other ex-forces employees ensure that smaller charities close to their heart are also supported through their own fundraising efforts which the firm is happy to support. Jon Wear, an ex-paratrooper and now a senior consultant in ERS, is teaming up with ex-paratrooper colleagues at Barclays to run the London marathon this year. They have set themselves a tough challenge because the team will be running with a stretcher equal to the weight of a wounded soldier in order to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund and the Afghanistan Trust.

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The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press. 

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