Blog: Veterans’ Champions

Midlands Rural Surveyor John Greenshields looks at how you can get involved with the CLA’s framework
Brigadier Nick Thomas & Sarah Hendry, AFC

Agriculture and combat are probably two of the most ancient human professions. One of the oldest recorded conflicts, the Peloponnesian War contains details of the systematic destruction of rich land in Attica and the impact of seasons.

Many of our members already have a special bond with the Armed Forces, having served themselves as former personnel or already employ military veterans, with both environments requiring many of the same skills.

Making the commitment at The Royal Welsh Show, the CLA has made the promise to show support to those who have served in the Armed Forces and help ensure that they will be treated with fairness and respect in society, by being the first national rural trade association to become a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant.

The CLA has made three pledges in connection with the Covenant:

The first is to encourage CLA member businesses to employ veterans of the Armed Forces. Second to share information to facilitate our members to work with the military community and finally to link-up with national and regional frameworks that currently support military veterans, to improve their physical and mental well-being when they leave the forces for a new life.

Owing to a shortage in domestic labour and restrictions in connection to overseas workers, the pledge comes as many rural businesses are facing a challenge in recruitment in a wide range of roles.

Getting involved

We ask all members to get involved and become Veterans’ Champions. Not only to help veterans by providing a fulfilling and secure, long-term job, but to help you fill any labour gaps that you may have.

Veterans can become an integral part of the rural workforce and community, with many military veterans possessing unique skills that can prove extremely valuable to rural employers.

For anyone wishing to sign up in the Midlands (Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Cheshire, Warwickshire) please contact John Greenshields either by emailing or calling 07809 495331.

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John Greenshields Rural Surveyor, CLA Midlands