Managing Director Chris Roche is urging other businesses to take on volunteer military reservists.
The Government is hoping to increase the number of reservists (formerly known as the Territorial Army) from 19,000 to 30,000 in the next five years.
ACUTEC, employs active reservist Scott Thorpe as the company’s Infrastructure Manager.
This led to an invitation from SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) to the British Army Infantry Battle School in the Brecon Beacons for a behind-the-scenes look at the type of training and conditions reservists go through.
Roche said: “It was a really interesting exercise and certainly opened my eyes to some of the things Scott and his colleagues have to go through.
“Even before the event, I would have encouraged other firms to do it because it’s a win-win situation, in my opinion.
“They receive great training which would cost thousands of pounds if the business paid to put them through it and you definitely see the benefit in the member of staff.
“The military brings a totally different ethos and I believe you see a difference in their team-work, assertiveness, decision-making and a range of other soft and hard skills.
“I would certainly have no qualms about taking on further reservists and the more businesses that do, the better, because it’s of huge benefit to the country too.”
“Of course, you know there is a chance that your reservist may be called up but you get plenty of notice and there are procedures in place that allow you to get staff cover at no extra cost to the business.
“In the IT sector, particularly, we may have a significant role to play because the military need trained professionals from our sector to help them ‘fight’ on the cyber front.
“I believe we have a duty to help but I believe it brings great benefits to the business too.”