13 March 2009
Eleven Kiwi employers will see their employees in action at their ‘other job’ in the Solomon Islands next week. The employers are travelling as part of 'Exercise Boss Lift', an initiative to show employers of Territorial Force soldiers the work their employees do close-up in an operational environment.
“Military training and service helps provide employees and their employers with leadership, problem solving skills, team-building and management training of an intensity and duration that exceeds any fee-paying development or team-building course available in the civilian world,” says Director General Reserve Forces, Brigadier Tim Brewer.
“Exercise Boss Lift is a great opportunity to show the benefits of employing Territorial Force soldiers, the Army Reserve, first-hand. Not only do the Reservists build and test their skills operationally but they then have the ability to bring those skills back home and apply them at work to the benefit of the employer,” Brigadier Brewer says.
The employers attending ‘Boss Lift’ represent a cross-section of industry including hospitality, sales, law, and painting and decorating.The chance to visit a local village and visit a World War II battle site are among the activities the employers will undertake while based in and around the nations capital, Honiara, with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) contingent.
Brigadier Brewer says Boss Lift is also a chance to extend thanks to the employers of Defence Force Reservists.“Their assistance is essential in allowing territorial force employees commit to training at home but also to serve their country in places like Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands. We truly value the support from employers of Reservists across New Zealand.”
Exercise Boss Lift is being held in conjunction with the 9th rotation of NZDF troops to the Solomon Islands.
For more information and requests for imagery, please contact Bas Bolyn, Media Adviser (NZ Army) on 04 496 0285 or 021 478 574.
Note to editors:
- The current 44-strong New Zealand Defence Force contingent in the Solomon Islands is largely drawn from Territorial Force regiments based in the South Island. During the four-month tour their roles include regular patrols, liaising with locals, assisting RAMSI Police in downtown Honiara and helping with external observation at Rove Prison.
- Reserves around the world: Twenty-seven of the 44 NZDF personnel in the Solomon Islands are reservists. A platoon-sized group (30) of reserves serve in Timor-Leste, five in Sinai, two in Korea and three reservists are also currently serving in Afghanistan.
- NZDF personnel have contributed to security and stability in the Solomon Islands since July 2003. They assist the RAMSI mission at the request of the Solomon Islands government, working alongside other supporting nations such as Australia, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.