There’s a problem in the UK tech industry and it’s staring us in the face. The tech industry is growing at twice the rate of the wider economy and now contributes around £97bn a year, up 30pc in five years. And yet only 4% of military veterans work in ICT, which is 20% fewer than non-veterans. Meanwhile, 45% of businesses claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity ...

TechVets will be a not-for-profit which provides a bridge for veterans and service leavers into cybersecurity and technology.

Veterans possess unrivalled leadership, crisis management and problem-solving skills which have been forged in the toughest environments. When given effective transition support, veterans have the potential to contribute an enormous amount to the future of the UK’s tech, cybersecurity and startup sectors.

TechVets is being backed by General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE (pictured), who served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six “Chiefs of Staff” leading the UK Armed Forces until April 2016. He says: “The transferable skills of the veteran community are a national resource and have a vital role to play in supporting the security and prosperity of the nation.”

Read the full article about TechVets' launch in the UK by Mike Butcher at TechCrunch.