Reservists develop a broad range of skills through their military training which help them in their civilian jobs and which are valuable to their employers. Research by SaBRE and endorsed by the Chartered Management Institute, found that an employer would have to purchase over £8,000 of commercial civilian training to provide the same amount of development that an average Reservist’s military service provides in a year. This research relates only to the skills that are relevant to the civilian workplace.
Experience gained from an average period of mobilisation, including pre-deployment training, is worth around £8,300 for a Private, £14,600 for a Sergeant and £18,400 for an Officer.
Employers are more likely to support service with the Reserve Forces, including giving time off for training, if they understand the training Reservists receive and how it benefits them.
Course guides to help explain the value of training
SaBRE has produced a series of short guides to hand to employers, that describe what some of the most popular courses entail and how it benefit civilian employers.
They also provide figures for how much the training (the part which is useful in a civilian job) would cost if the employer had to purchase equivalent training
There are currently 17 guides on various TA Courses, 16 for the RAuxAF and 2 for Royal Naval Reserves. The number of course guides for Royal Naval Reserves will be expanded in the near future. See the links below to access the course guides available:
Sell the benefits of Reservist training to your employer
On average, a Reservist receives the equivalent of over £8,000 worth of military training every year. This is far more than civilian employers generally spend on their staff. Find out more about how to sell your skills to a prospective employer on the benefits to your employer page.