On Reserves Day 2018, we are recognising the contribution of Reservists to the workplace and the employers that support them.
Lt Oli Holland is a Royal Naval Reservist at HMS PRESIDENT, one of three London-based Maritime Reserve training centres. Having been a member of the University Royal Naval Unit while studying at the University of East Anglia, and with a family connection to the Armed Forces, Oli chose to join the Royal Naval Reserve five years ago to challenge himself both mentally and physically.
"I wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary, to meet new people and take advantage of the variety of opportunities available. I knew there were some opportunities available, but I didn't realise quite how many until I actually joined."
Oli is employed full-time by Alexander Mann Solutions, the world's leading provider of talent acquisition and management solutions, with over 4,000 colleagues operating in 90 countries and 40 languages. As a Reservist, he uses the leadership and management skills he has gained through Royal Naval officer training to lead a team of 30 people in three locations, demonstrating daily how his Royal Naval Reserve skills are directly transferable to his civilian life.
"The amount of personal development training I have received since joining the Royal Naval Reserve is 'unreal'. I have been taught leadership, teamwork, the ability to prioritise and to remain calm under pressure."
Alexander Mann Solutions, who proudly signed the Armed Forces Covenant on 30 June 2016, provide Oli with the ongoing support (including 10 days' additional paid leave) and flexibility that enables him to pursue both a military and civilian career. In doing so, the company is not only upholding its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant but also harnessing those valuable skills Reservists bring to the workplace. Through supporting Oli, Alexander Mann Solutions is enabling him to share this diverse skill set with his civilian colleagues.