Army To Join Forces With Local Businesses
8:50am 18th November 2013
The Army's top brass says they want to create even better links with businesses in Dorset.
Soon our Royal Wessex Yeomanry will become the only Armoured Reinforcement unit in Britain as the Army moves towards a bigger unit of part time reserve soldiers.
On civvy street they might be mechanics, carpenters and accountants, but their other job - and other life - is as Reservists serving in the British Army and that role requires an understanding and flexible boss.
Brigadier Piers Hankinson told us the Army already has a great working partnership with many Dorset businesses, and he wants that to continue:
"It's a partnership which is mutually beneficial where the army will invest in individuals by way of time and education, leadership opportunities and experience. We want to invest in those areas which will benefit employers as well."
Speaking at the event at Poole's Lighthouse Theatre Brigadier Piers Hankinson paid tribute to the local soldiers who helped during the Olympics in Weymouth and Portland:
"The Weymouth venue was very much the responsibility of the military and it was great to have men and women from local society contributing to this national event."