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Meet our Government & Defence team at the Security Cleared Expo Bristol

Posted April 11, 2024

Our Government and Defence team are going to be at the Security Cleared Expo in Bristol later this month.

As the leading innovative government and defence talent specialist, we are recognised for delivering exceptional teams into a wide range of clients.

We only recruit for the UK government and their critical supply chains, including: Ministry of Defence (MOD) and areas of National Security; Central Government and Arm’s Length Bodies; National Policing and Justice; and the broader Public Sector.

Come and meet our team

If you are looking for a new challenge and have security clearance, come and meet our talent solutions specialists at the forthcoming SC Expo to be held in Bristol on 25th April.

The event takes place from 10-3pm at Aerospace Bristol under the last Concorde aircraft to fly. Registration to the event is free – click here to secure your ticket.

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How to overcome the digital skills gap – to hire or upskill?

Posted March 21, 2024

Have you noticed a shift in the UK employment market? In fact, Indeed has recently reported that while the labour market has somewhat softened, with plans to hire muted, employer intentions to shed staff have remained limited.

No wonder, given the cost of hiring new staff, the demands for hybrid/remote working, and the ever-increasing wage demands.

Employers want to keep their people and so, we are seeing the focus of many companies shifting to the upskilling of existing resources, rather than hiring in new staff.

But with lack of new talent coming into organisations, could this cause a digital skills gap, particularly in the UK cleared sector? Based on the demand signals we are seeing for digital transformation from some key government departments, I suspect the answer to this is yes. We could even see a new talent bubble emerging as 2024 progresses.

While there is no silver bullet to solving the UK skills challenge, Sanderson’s Government & Defence team can help.

We firmly believe in our operations solutions and leaning in to multiple talent sources across the UK market, ensuring that your solution is not only a partnered one, but is resilient to the ever evolving and changing skills market.

If you’re reading this blog and have found yourself facing similar challenges with your talent, or are worried about finding yourself lacking the digital skills you need, get in touch today. We can help you solve the problem.

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Championing ED&I within the defence sector

Posted February 13, 2024

We are thrilled to announce our 2024 partnership with Women Empowering Defence.

Women Empowering Defence (WED) stands as a beacon of solidarity and empowerment. They are a collective force uniting individuals across the Defence and Security Sector, with a shared mission to champion gender equality and celebrate the diverse achievements of women in the defence sector.

The growth of this community speaks volumes to the value it’s adding to Defence sector and highlights just how much positive change was needed as the industry continues to break down barriers. At Sanderson Government & Defence, our dedication to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is ingrained into our organisational culture and so we are delighted to be one of WED’s partners for 2024.

WED will become a core pillar of our positioning in the marketplace, and a key partner in our mission to support far greater gender diversity within the government and defence sector. Our Head of Projects, Mollie Chamberlain with be driving this partnership forward throughout the course of 2024 as our ambassador.

Commenting on the partnership Mollie confirmed; “We are excited for the year ahead and are looking forward to being part of a community that is empowering and influencing change within the defence sector.”

You can find out more about our partnership with WED here.

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Sanderson G&D have been awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award!

Posted June 16, 2022

Sanderson Government & Defence have been awarded the Silver Armed Forces Covenant Award in the Employers Recognition Scheme Award across the Southwest!

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.

The award (which comes in bronze, silver, and gold) is handed out to employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community in alignment with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Here is what Piers Stacey, who previously worked in The Royal Marines and is now an integral part of the Sanderson Government & Defence team had to say on what it meant to receive the Silver Award…

“We are delighted to receive the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award as it recognises our company’s initiatives for employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists.

“Sanderson Government and Defence recognises the contribution the members of the Armed Forces make to the nation through their service, and we are proud to take our status on the Employer Recognition Scheme to the next level. We will continue to pledge our support of the Armed Forces Community, support the employment of veterans and our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces (including the establishment of Reservist HR procedures) and our local Bristol community, where possible.

“We believe that everyone has a role to play in ensuring that our Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and we are delighted to be an employer who has been recognised for setting an example as meaningful advocates for those protecting our nation.”

What is the Silver Award?

The Silver Award recognises those employers who actively demonstrate support made in their Armed Forces Covenant and employ at least one member of the Armed Forces Community, be that a Reservist, Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer, Service Leaver, or military spouse.

Employers must be nominated for a Silver Award by a third party via the Employer Recognition Scheme website. Silver Award winners will be recognised at regional events.

We caught up with Nick Walrond, Managing Director of Sanderson Government & Defence, to ask what it meant to receive the Silver Award…

“To receive the Silver Armed Forces Covenant Award is another step forward for us as a key talent solutions provider to UK Secure Government – so much rich talent comes out of our armed forces, and a key part of tackling the ongoing skills challenges as UK Plc digitises. Fantastic news – well done to the Sanderson G&D team!”

Find out more on the awards by clicking the link below:

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme | (wessex-rfca.org.uk)