Julie will not only be wearing her Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV) uniform on Reserves Day, but she will also be speaking at a Business Breakfast organised by West Midland RFCA.
Julie has been a CFAV with Hereford & Worcester Army Cadet Force (ACF) for two and a half years and is a Probation Instructor (PI) for one of the ACF Company’s. As a PI Julie teaches Cadets, up to 1*, first aid, navigation, field craft, military knowledge and life skills.
“I really enjoy working with the Cadets and seeing the individuals develop and build in confidence throughout their training” Julie explained.
“I joined the Cadets as I wanted to put something back into the community as my family have been involved in the Armed Forces for over 100 years. I also volunteer for Hire a Hero, which tie in well together.” Julie continued.
As well as volunteering her time to work with the Cadets Julie also works full time as the Office Manager at The Busters Group, a Birmingham based environmental business. The Busters Group made their pledge to the Armed Forces Community last year by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and have already received their Bronze Award on the Employer Recognition Scheme.
As part of their ongoing commitment the company are seeking to support the employment of armed forces veterans in their workforce, and where possible provide help to employees who choose to become members of the Reserve Forces or support their local Cadet units.
The company currently have two armed forces veterans from the Coldstream Guards and the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment employed in their workforce, as well as an Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteer. The Busters Group have not only benefitted from the transferable skills that these members of the armed forces community have brought to the business, but have proved that their workplace can provide a forward-thinking and supportive working environment for both former and currently serving personnel.
“Armed Forces personnel and CFAV’s are a benefit to the company as they work well as a team, determination to get the job done and respect people around them. We’ve have been down a team member since March, but you wouldn’t know it.” Darren Brough, Managing Director of The Busters Group commented.