Programs for Veterans and Hiring Organizations
Supporting Veterans by Supporting Employers
We believe that Veterans are a hidden talent pool that smart employers should know more about. Companies in all sectors are anticipating and experiencing skilled labour and leadership talent pipeline gaps - with too few internal candidates for critical positions and a highly competitive external recruiting marketplace. Companies need to find new sources of key talent.
We believe that research-backed programs that focus on what Veterans need to know about civilian work environments, matched with programs to educate employers on how to capitalize on a Veteran hiring program for significant business, cultural and market gain is a strong complement to the public services available. We believe it so passionately we invested in doing the research.
We know that there are five drivers shaping the future of work. Understanding key demographic shifts is the first and most immediate driver. Smart organizations will challenge outdated career assumptions and look to capitalize on hidden talent pools. We're here to help every step of the way.
Challenge Factory has been a leading figure in shedding light on biases Canadian Veterans face while transitioning out of the Military and into the civilian workforce.
We have worked directly with currently serving members and Veterans to ensure we understand how their working style, behaviour, motivators, leadership acumen and competencies translate to civilian labour needs. We've quantified the unfounded beliefs Canadian employers have about Veterans as workers and developed blended cohort transition programs that bring transitioning civilian executives together with Veterans as peers.
Veteran & Hiring Manager Research Resources
This research project explored employer bias regarding Veteran working style, motivators and competencies. Sponsored by the Canadian Armed Forces and supported by Veteran Affairs Canada, the project involved administering psychometric assessments to currently serving members and Veterans. Employers also completed assessments where they were asked to answer as if they were a Veteran, capturing unconscious bias. We would like to thank and acknowledge the significant contribution of Target Training International (TTI) who supported this project.
This study remains open and data collected since September 2017 will be analysed in July 2018 to generate updated findings.
To participate in this study as a Veteran or Employer CLICK HERE. You can choose to participate in English or in French.
Project Findings and Tools
The results identified several key learnings for career professionals, recruiters and hiring managers. With CERIC's support, we have created a self-assessment for career practioners & employers to test understanding of Veterans as a hidden talent pool. To take the assessment CLICK HERE
For an in-depth overview of the study's findings, we have provided a one-hour on-demand webinar that was presented to the study's employer participants in November, 2017. To launch the webinar CLICK HERE
Case Study: From research data to a customized Veteran hiring program
Problem: A manufacturing organization wanted to introduce a Veteran hiring program into their Canadian operation. The US parent company had a robust program in place and the company wanted to design a program that would be successful in Canada. They wanted more information on what was unique about Canadian Veteran workplace behaviours and needs as well as data that would inform what training, supports and engagement approaches would be appropriate for the local program.
Solution: The organization had all internal recruiters and managers participate in the research study. Challenge Factory extracted this company's results and provided a customized report benchmarking the current organization's perception of Veterans. This information was compared with the study's overall findings. Specific program elements, training recommendations and support structures were presented to ensure that the organization's specific hiring initiative would be successful - with emphasis on recruitment, onboarding, retention and engagement of Veteran hires.
Contact us for more information or to inquire about a custom report for your organization.
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A Question of Style - Research Findings Resources:
for HR Managers and Canadian Veterans
A Question of Style - Career Transition Courses for Veterans
Challenge Factory has created a learning path specifically designed for releasing military members and Veterans. The first course in the learning path focuses on implications of the research study as a foundation for understanding civilian recruitment. Additional courses include a civilian leadership assessment and comprehensive career exploration program. Before you write a resume, learn what jobs are available, identify which are within your "Sweetspot" and develop a civilian support network.