MILITARY veterans could soon be offered an interview for any job they apply for in Mirfield, after a motion was passed by the town council.
Businesses who opt in to the scheme would be obliged to see any ex-service personnel who submits an application for a position.
The motion was tabled by Mayor, Coun Martyn Bolt, after he met the director of defence contracts for Amey PLC, a large infrastructure company based in Oxford, who use the process successfully.
Coun Bolt said the scheme will allow veterans to navigate the “minefield” of job applications and stressed that it was now up to businesses to make it work.
“Mirfield Town Council recognises the invaluable contribution made to our community and country by members of the Armed Forces, the life and professional skills they gain, and our debt to them in perpetuity,” he said.
“We also recognise that their service does not always equip them with administrative and literary skills needed to satisfy some of today’s initial employment application questionnaires and procedures.
“The council has done all we can with this motion and we now hope that businesses will get on board and give ex-Forces personnel a chance.”
Town councillor Sean Guy will visit local businesses to encourage them to support the scheme.
Coun Bolt said he was confident there would be “no sudden surge of new applicants” and added that veterans would have no guarantee of a job. “If someone is unsuitable for the job no-one is suggesting that they should get it any way – this is about the courtesy of giving these men and women an interview.”