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SIMON WESTON The Face of the Falklands
© Jason Dimmock
1 We chat with Simon Weston
2 The Balfour Beatty Warrior Challenge 16 Rewards for Forces
The Big Interview Simon Weston
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THE BIG INTERVIEW
THE FACE OF THE FALKLANDS by Jacquie McGeoch
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What made you decide to join the Military? I got into trouble as a 14-year-old and things escalated and I ended up in court. I got a fine of £30 which was a lot of money in they days. I needed more discipline and the Military was the obvious way out; as it has been for millions of other British people who decided to get away from the environment they grew up in. I served with the Welsh Guard’s 1st Battalion.
Now your transition was a totally different from most, how did you find your transition? Horrendous. It was so difficult. I knew I was going to be discharged from the Army, but when they actually did it I was absolutely crestfallen. As much as you prepare, you’re never fully ready for that moment when you no longer are valuable to an organisation. You’re in a world where, yes there is a lot of respect, but in reality, that’s as far as it goes. Respect for what you do ends the day you walk out the gate of the Armed Forces. You have to build your own reputation again in Civvy St, and for some that is easy and for some, it is incredibly difficult.
Your resettlement Major told you, you were on the scrap heap, how did you bounce back from that? After the initial statement made to me, which didn’t sink in at first. I got quite angry, not angry at him or the Military. I got angry because somebody had judged me without knowing me. After all the years we had met and different sessions, I was angry he judged me so harshly without knowing what sort of character I was. That pushed me forward to do more. I am big on proving people wrong I like to prove people wrong. Sometimes it’s good to listen to stupid quotes and Donald Trump said the other night something like, revenge is something he really lives for, he enjoys revenge. Me I don’t, I like to prove people wrong, if someone does me wrong, I will wait a long long time to make sure my efforts prove them wrong. If there is a downside to their career because of something that happens to me being successful, then so be it. That isn’t revenge that is karma. That is www.bfrss.org.uk
what I believe in. I just look forward to the day I can have the day of triumph, and I will have that day because I have done well and have proved you wrong. I believe in myself and believe that I can succeed in anything I try to succeed at.
You never saw yourself as a victim, what advice would you give to others that have had a life-changing event in their lives? If you experience any life-changing event, forgive yourself, don’t beat yourself up over it. You are not the master of all of your destiny at that point, but after that, you are in control. If you see yourself as a victim, you’ll always be a victim, but if you see yourself as a survivor and a winner you’ve got a chance. Give yourself the best fighting chance, invest in yourself, learn more, experience more and always remember ‘knowledge is power.’ We all have to go out, and we all have to seek a fair opportunity, which doesn’t always exist sometimes. When it doesn’t exist for you, you have to create it. Which is not the advice you get when you’re young, but sometimes you just have to do things differently. For me what I have always done is; I have always tried to see the positives. I have always worked towards the Virtual National Employment & Careers Fair, May 2017 | 9
THE BIG INTERVIEW
“I BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND BELIEVE THAT I CAN SUCCEED IN ANYTHING I TRY TO SUCCEED AT.” positives. I have never been one for slagging people off, or publishing peoples names. I have never been one for getting into big public spats with people. The only one I have ever done that with is, Christine Fernandes de Kirchner who was the Argentinian President and that was over the Falklands. She was stupid and there is no school or university in the world that teaches stupid. It is a choice, stupid is definitely a choice and moronic people are just moronic cause they want to be. When my public career was slightly dipping Christine would step up and say something stupid about the Falklands and that would put me right back in the limelight! Thanks, Christine.
What was the best piece of advice you were given during transition? I was never given any advice really. Among the things that I have taken from myself is “like yourself, like who you are” If you like who you are then people will like you. The problem is most people look at what they haven’t got rather than what they have got. Yes that day in the Falklands changed my life but I never wanted sympathy. Sympathy, as they say in the Military, is somewhere in the dictionary between shit and syphilis. When life seems like hell just keep going, when all around is going to hell and it is freezing cold outside sometimes you just got to pull your pants down and slide on the ice.
Your skills you honed in the Army, do you think they set you up for your motivational speaking and security business? I was taught discipline and self-discipline in the Army and those skills always help you, in anything
you do. When you leave, you have to do what you have to do. Don’t worry about it, just get on with it. Do what you do in the Military. I enjoy my job, the only downside is the amount of time I spent travelling and wearing a suit. It is one of those most incredible pleasurable consequence of what happened to me. As I say to people I won’t be defined by what happened to me, but by what I did about it. What happened to me was a split second, but apart from that it was down to the medical teams that got me physically well again and then it was down to me. I was very fortunate, I had people come into my life at the right time. The wonderful thing about life is, the more positive you are, the more positive people will come into your life. I have a really strong mindset. If you look at all the drinkers on the street they all gravitate to each other, same with drug addicts. You look at depressives, they all gravitate to each other. They all like a shoulder to cry on and somebody to cry on theirs. If you are negative, negative people gravitate to you. The glass has to be half full, it has to be. It is tragic that so any people instantly see what is bad and look at the downside. When it is cold and wet, it is cold and wet for everyone, so get on with it! As Billy Connolly said once “see that graveyard its full of people who would love your problems.” When I was at school all I could think of was success. And if you believe in yourself and go forward with yourself you can do it. Ambition is good, as long as you don’t sell people down the road for it. Don’t ever go out to deliberately offend people, cause you will lose friends, always take the high ground.
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People will be surprised to know you are now friends with Carlos Cachon the Argentinian pilot who bombed the Sir Galahad. Yes. He was doing his job, and I was doing mine. I have made absolutely no comment on my Regiment or any of the other boys that were injured or the boys that passed away. I met him and we became good friends, but don’t judge me for it, don’t criticise me, because you don’t know what I have been through to get here. It just happened.
You have written children’s books, how did you get into that? Years ago I had a real milkman called Mike the milk. A wonderful man. I was watching the telly with my kids, and we saw bob the builder, fireman sam and postman pat and nobody ever spoke about the real person that touched peoples lives, the milkman. If you lived in rural Britain you had a milkman. I wrote with my best friend David Fitzgerald who is the funniest man I have ever known. He is such a kind and funny man who looks like a fat Rory Bremner (his words). We wrote the books together and it was a great experience. I was told I was never going to be able to make it work, an ex-soldier, ex-prop forward, disfigured, disabled, how was I ever going to be able to write a children’s book, but I done it. I proved them wrong. All the way through my career even with my security business and I also have part ownership in an engineering business I have proved people wrong. And to the man who said I was totally unemployable he can kiss my shiny white nose, and the reason I say that, is the skin on my nose comes off my arse. www.bfrss.org.uk
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THE BIG INTERVIEW
You have helped set up Care after Combat, you yourself have had PTSD, do you think Veterans’ are better looked after now than when you left the forces?
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Yes! They are. There is still a long way to go. The investment is slowing down and getting less as there is no active combat at the moment and it isn’t a political issue anymore. We see too many Veterans in jail. Now, there are loads of organisations that have jumped on the bandwagon and set up similar to Care about Combat and I suspect a lot are thinking they are doing something revolutionary, which they aren’t, but good on them. The more people that are trying to help the better. Hopefully, the government will see there is one way of doing it, and say right, this is what we are doing we will look after everything and the charities can dissolve. They should spend a good few million and take charge of. That would actually save the country money. With regards to my PTSD, I had to deal with it in stages, cause there was no help at the time. That is part of why I met Carlos, because of my nightmares. He showed great moral courage. He said straight away he would meet me. He was very kind. That is why we got on, because he was so kind. He was incredibly gentle as a human being. I am sure he has his tough side, he wouldn’t have been a fighter pilot if he wasn’t. He didn’t have to meet me, but he did, and he made a difference in my life. The PTSD didn’t stop until about 23 years later after the Falklands. I wasn’t as bad as some people are. Sadly some people use PTSD to claim from the Military or get away with convictions. That hurts me, because false allegations are diluting the claims of the genuine people who have PTSD. www.bfrss.org.uk
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How important do you think networking is when you leave the Forces? Massive, absolutely massive. Networking in all walks of life is so important. Utilise the ex-services community. Don’t expect loyalty just because you served, don’t trust people simply because they are ex-service people. There is a huge amount of charlatans and fraudsters out there. Networking is hugely important, there is a massive amount of really good ex-service people out there. I have come across a few corrupt people who have tried to take me for a ride, but there is more good than bad. Just be careful. There is a lot of wonderful people in this country in businesses who will do the very best for you. Even Bill Gates and Donald Trump network, it is how everyone succeeds.
Who has had a big impact on your life? How long have you got? In my life, it has been a case of meeting the right people at the right time to alter my life, give me the right support or help me seek the right opportunities. Stepping away from the Military side of things for a moment, there were so many people that touched my life and kept me alive. I would have to say the first civilian who did something to change the direction of my life, would be Malcolm Brinkworth, he made the first documentary about my injuries and that gave me the public profile and from www.bfrss.org.uk
thereon in, I have never looked back. He provided me with a platform and an opportunity and from that moment on I was able to use that and this has helped thousand of others.
What 3 words would friends and family use to describe you? Laughing Obnoxious belligerent and stubborn!
A professional rugby club was going to sign you before you were injured, if your rugby career had taken off what would you have said if England had asked you to play for them? Ha ha, I would have got injured. I know that is childish, I would have played for an English rugby club but not the country. I am Welsh. My biological father was Scottish but I couldn’t have played for Scotland either. I couldn’t pull on a shirt of another country. I actually coudn’t pull on a shirt from a football club apart from the ones I support. Rangers in Scotland and Manchester United in England. I know a lot of English rugby players and I hate to say it they are great guys. In fact most youths today should get into rugby. it helps focus so many young people in Wales, It is a fantastic sport. Like the Army it instills discipline.
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Last issue we told you about the Warrior Challenge; The Warrior Challenge will start in Lytham St Annes on the 16th June and will finish at Westminster Bridge in London 14 days later. The route will take Andy and Glen past the graves of the six soldiers killed when the Warrior armoured vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an IED in Afghanistan. The soldiers - Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley, and Privates Christopher Kershaw, Daniel Wilford, Anton Frampton, and Daniel Wade – served with The Yorkshire Regiment, the same Regiment as Andy, and The Duke of Lancaster Regiment. After cycling for 488 miles Andy and Glen will then take to the river to kayak a further 125 miles in to London, where they will kayak down the Thames to Westminster. They will also be joined by Andy North, a cycling world record holder from Ultra6, who will be running a marathon alongside them every day. As well as fitting in full time jobs both Andy and Glen have been training hard for the challenge, both putting in the miles on their bikes, and working in the gym. Andy has also been training both in a swimming pool and in a river for the kayaking part. Both will be undertaking training on the kayak over the next week. Andy is a triple amputee, business owner, motivational speaker and author. His book Standing Tall is inspirational. Everyone should read it. In Andy’s words “The Taliban nearly killed me, but they couldn’t take away my fighting spirit.” And this challenge shows Andy and Glen’s fighting spirit. On the Challenge, Andy said: “Glen and I really wanted to pay a fitting tribute to the lads who lost their lives, so hopefully this challenge will do just that. We will visit each of their
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graves along the way before stopping off at the Headquarters of 3 Yorks in Warminster. It’s going to be tough but we’re really up for it.” WO Hughes added: “We’re both veterans of Afghanistan and we both came back with lifechanging injuries, but that won’t be getting in the way of this Challenge. It’s a great chance to pay tribute to the guys who died whilst also raising money for two charities close to us. I’m sure all the blisters and aching muscles will be worth it!”
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Most do well…
On leaving military service, whether a short stint or a full career, most people get on with the next stage of their lives and do alright. For a number of reasons some fall down and some lucky buggers do fantastically well, but they are small in number. It is stands to reason, therefore, that the sort of person you are, combined with the experiences and skills you have gathered, make decent post-service employment an odds-on bet. Right?
Figure 1. Normal Distribution (Bell Curve) for service leavers That is scant comfort to the man or woman on terminal leave, when the unit cohesion and esprit de corps that sustained them is fast disappearing, the ‘dead cert’ job in maritime security/operations management/whatever has been delayed yet again, and the full scale of the task ahead is becoming very apparent.
Unhelpfully for service-leavers the two main narratives about post service life can be summarised as follows: • Media/social media. The armed forces contain a high proportion of misfits, scarred by their terrible experiences and doomed to fail unless supported by charities. Employ at
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your peril because they’ll shout at people and probably go sick with PTSD or worse. • MoD/Resettlement ‘Establishment’. You have proven yourself, you’re hard-working and you have loads of transferrable skills. Of course Infantry Section Commander is a good grounding for a career in management. Do this course that (coincidentally) costs exactly 1 x ELC plus your IRTC and you’ll be fine.
1. Acknowledge that your transition to civilian life could be imminent. Even if you haven’t signed off, there are many reasons for getting out, and some of them are beyond your control (WIS, redundancy, family pressures, etc.). Look hard at yourself to gauge your readiness in terms of money, housing, life skills, etc. (there is plenty of help available and you could do worse than read these https://www.ctp.org.uk/resettlementguides).
These are tongue in cheek, but both contain an element of truth. According to published statistics around 85% of service leavers are in employment 12 months after leaving , which compares favourably (though is not a demographic match) to the wider population at 72%. Whether the jobs are paying enough, satisfying and sustainable is a question that is not asked. I am aware of several former colleagues who are stuck in low paid crap jobs well below their potential and previous achievements and most would appear to be related to a lack of preparation.
2. Understand what you want to be. Yes, most of us can get ‘a’ job but, with a whole working life ahead of you, ‘the’ job has to be a better aim. Start by reflecting on what you enjoy most from your current work and other experiences and do some research about likely fields of employment. The Regular Forces Employment Association and the Officers Association have a remit to support all service leavers from up to two years before leaving, so anyone with two years under their belt should contact them for a chat with one of their employment consultants.
Like many in the Forces I really hadn’t thought about the future and assumed that, because I had done jobs with ‘operations’, ‘project’, ‘management’ and so on that I could do a couple of courses and pick up a decent job in my preferred area quite easily. On reflection, of course, that was bollocks. When I look at my earliest attempts at a CV and think back to my assumptions about what I was ‘job-ready’ for I cringe at my naivety.
3. Know your limitations and freedoms. Are you tied to a particular location by family, home etc.? How far can you commute or can you work away from home (best to check with the significant other on this one)? What industries/employers are in your preferred area and what is the state of employment and cost of housing/living? Do you have a truly marketable skill/qualifications?
It doesn’t matter that you are dedicated, hard-working, flexible, easily trained and could add significant value (what the MoD calls ‘transferrable skills’, but are really traits), without being able to prove the following on your CV to a potential employer you will be hard pressed to get an interview: • Do you have the exact skills/qualifications/ experience required? • Can you make/save me money? • Do you present any risk? It is very common for service leavers to take a drop in salary on leaving, and this can last for a while until a few years of civilian life give you the opportunity to knock off a few rough edges and gain some relevant experience. So what can you do to improve your chances of being in the upper half of the bell curve when you do get out? www.bfrss.org.uk
4. Start preparing yourself & networking. Look at job adverts for the sort of thing you are after and check out the qualifications and experiences required. Speak to former colleagues who are out and pick their brains about the best courses you could do, then use SLC/ELC to help pay for them (you will need to put your hand in your pocket and maybe use some of your own time but it is worth it); likewise, try to get some work placements and/or do some relevant voluntary work. LinkedIn is a great resource for building networks and you may be able to get a one to one meeting with someone useful – very helpful for getting advice and feedback. The above may sound a bit simplistic, but 900 words is a bit of a constraint. Hindsight is a great thing, so use other people’s experiences and support to help guide your thoughts and actions. There is no substitute for early and sustained preparation driven by an awareness of the challenges and opportunities in your path and a comprehensive plan to deal with them.
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Meet the team Neil Dean “My Transition” Neil Dean served in the Royal Artillery for 15 years, as a Command Post Detachment Commander. He served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq and various other places around the world.
Why did you join the Army I grew up listening to my fathers and grandfathers’ stories, I knew early on that it would also be a part of my life. It seemed like it would be an adventure, that would provide me with different challenges weekly. For the main it didn’t disappoint me, I was naïve though.
has a habit of getting the details right, without making it complicated. A great example is a drill movement timing 123, 1. As a leader, you need to be aware of your own strengths and weakness and those of your team, this enables you to build the strongest team possible using everyone strengths to ensure you maximise the team’s success everytime.
What were the most important lessons that you learned during your transition? Why were you naïve and what did you get out of your service? Even if I listen to other people’s stories now, it sounds like an adventure. It sounds easy, fun, everything you want in life. The truth is; it is only an adventure because it is challenging, and at times I nearly quit on myself. Luckily you are surrounded by people who won’t let you quit, they make it easier, they make it fun. Every day was an adventure, it was uncomplicated. Far too often since leaving, I have seen people make things way too complicated. The military
The adjustment to being a civilian is absolutely S***. You need to find a sense of purpose as soon as you can, otherwise, it will eat you up. I felt alone, I felt I was no longer contributing to anything (to the bigger picture), which impacted on my family and my job. Don’t be one of those Veterans who sits behind a computer full of self-entitlement, get out there and get your hands dirty and be part of the solution. Stepping up and being proactive like you have been trained to be, will increase your chances of a successful transition, a successful life.
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If you see an opportunity, don’t scoff or belittle it because it doesn’t meet your lofty aspirations. Be part of the solution and pass it on to another Veteran looking for work.
How does it feel to continue to support our Armed Forces Community through your work at BFRS? It’s very fulfilling being able to oversee programs and projects that support, the Armed Forces Community. I love working with companies, who are committed to offering the same opportunities to the Armed Forces Community. Each day a new company recognises the huge demographic, of skill-sets military people have, and when BFRS talks to them we are pleasantly surprised that they are the ones selling us their soft skills. It’s a struggle at times! Fighting against organisations who continue push out, over the top, negative facts about people who have been in the military. Most Veterans, are not dependent on alcohol/drugs, we are not all homeless, we haven’t all killed someone, we are not going shout at everyone. Some of us do need extra support for all sorts of issues that afflict us, BFRSs’ job is to try and help with one of those areas, EMPLOYMENT. Most of us will need help at some point in our lives, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Just remember our values and standards are for life, it’s what our stories are about, embrace your next challenge. www.bfrss.org.uk
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Mount International United Services Career Opportunities across England Salary circa ÂŁ35,000 Due to expansion MIUS, Established by an Ex Navy Petty Officer in 1997 and known as the premier independent service organisation of diagnostic imaging equipment in the UK, are looking for electronic engineers to join our highly motivated and rewarded team Our team of Engineers includes Ex-Forces engineers, from all three services, some from as far back as 2002. We are proud of them all and delighted how quickly they adapted into their new environment
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Some of the MIUS X-Ray service team during a training day (inc 3 ex forces)
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ON IN JUNE Reserves Day 21st June 2017 www.armedforcesday.org.uk/reserves-day/ Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military. The Reserve Forces make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel and as such are integral to protecting the nationâ€™s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber. However, the contribution they make to our Armed Forces often goes unrecognised. As such an annual Reserves Day was created to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution Reservists make to our Armed Forces. Reservists are everywhere, but you might not know it. So on Reserves Day, our Reservists wear their uniform in their civilian life â€“ here are some from the last few years! Keep an eye out for them this year.
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Armed Forces Day 24th June 2017 www.armedforcesday.org.uk/ Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event. For more information on what’s happening in your area check out the Armed Forces Day website.
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SSAFA The Big Brew Up www.ssafa.org.uk/BigBrewUp Put the kettle on, have a Big Brew Up and support our Forces and their families in times of need. By taking part in our biggest fundraising event of the year you will help raise vital funds for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. We provide lifelong support to all our Forces and their families. Armed Forces Week starts on the 19th June so we are encouraging our supporters to hold their Big Brew Up that week, but if that doesn’t work for you just pick a date that does.
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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the National Charity of the British Army, providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families in times of need.
The Charity was originally established in 1944 as the Army Benevolent Fund as a “Fund for the Soldier”, created to ensure that the hardships endured by Servicemen in the aftermath of 1914-1918 were never repeated. Since then, the Charity has grown into a truly national charity with a worldwide footprint – each year, it provides help to some 4,500 individuals in need, as well as makes grants to more than 90 other charities and partner organisations that deliver specialist support on its behalf, touching the lives of over 80,000 people in 55 countries worldwide. Most soldiers leave the Army with a promising future and excellent life skills, but there are some that experience mental, physical, transitional or financial difficulties because of their service. The Soldiers’ Charity provides help across a wide range of problems that those soldiers, veterans and their families face. Often, they help with the everyday things, which
may not seem exciting, but are life-changing for their beneficiaries. Support with care home fees, training courses for a spouse, or home adaptations are just some of the things that can ensure every soldier and veteran of the British Army is afforded the independence and dignity they deserve. The scope of the Charity’s work is enormous; last year its eldest beneficiary was a 105-yearold World War II widow who needed assistance in paying her care home fees; the youngest was a two-year-old child of a serving soldier who needed funding for a specialist piece of medical equipment. For over 70 years the Charity has been helping people from the Army family, defining its work through the Army’s own values of courage, loyalty and selflessness. The Soldiers’ Charity receives no statutory government funding, so holds many fundraising
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events to raise money and awareness for those who suffer the aftermath of fighting for our country. One of their most popular yet challenging events is The Cateran Yomp, which consists of teams of 3-6 people hiking across the rugged Scottish Highlands over 24 hours. With a choice of three distances (Gold – 54 miles, Silver - 36 miles or Bronze - 22 miles), it’s not for the faint-hearted, with over 1,000 people taking part each year and teams coming from as far afield as Canada and the U.S. to take part. Registrations are still open for this year’s event on June 10-11, so if you think you’re tough enough, grab a group of mates and sign up at www.soldierscharity.org/yomp. For more information about the Charity and to find out some of the other ways you can get involved with raising much-needed funds, visit www.soldierscharity.org. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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Meeting Specific Healthcare Needs for Veterans, Reservists and Families. Dorset NHS The success of the team in the short time it has been operational has been inspirational. We have developed good collaborative working Relationships with the regional Personal Recovery Unit (PRU) at Tidworth which has led to referrals directly from MoD to the team which is a significant show of the regard in which the service is held. A health fair was held in January at Bovington Garrison aimed at service personnel organized by the Armed Forces Health and Wellbeing Service (AFCS) in collaboration with the Welfare chain at Bovington which enabled a number of our DHC services to access this group; significantly both the Personal recovery unit at Tidworth and the Department of military Psychiatry had manned stalls at the event. We are already planning a second event this year which will be opened up to the whole community around the Garrison as this was such a success A tea and toast group for the spouses of serving personnel held at the garrison is proving popular and is provided the group with advice and signposting to appropriate help a further advantage of this group is that we have found a pool of individuals who are keen to take up vacancies within our respective services. Such that we propose to hold a job fair at the garrison later in the year A coproduced wellbeing awareness course will be available this year (via the Recovery Education Centre Who the service lead is liaising with currently) for former service personnel, families and carers. It will help them to understand good mental health hygiene and wellbeing and ways to maintain this.
â€˘ Those using the Wellbeing Gateway will also be invited to be involved in the peer to peer support (Transitions Support Group) to help in promoting health and wellbeing. â€˘ The team will be working closely with the voluntary sector and service charities to deliver elements of this service, using their expertise when developing care pathways for each former serviceman or family member. The (AFCS) has developed a clinical pathway which has been co-produced by service users themselves members of service charities and representative from health and local authorities it build on four specific pathways in which to facilitate access to health and wellbeing and develop a workforce capable of supporting those from an Armed forces background. And the AFCS lead is in discussion with DHC training department to produce an e-training package to support greater understanding across health and local authority staff of this service group. The team are working very closely with service charities locally and through them have been able to support a number of homeless veterans into accommodation and access to health and local Authority support this has led to us having first call on accommodation at the War memorial homes in Bournemouth and we continue to work closely with other housing providers to develop housing stock that veterans can access. Additionally with an initial concentration on Poole as a result of the specific needs of the service population posted locally the lead for the service in collaboration with K Moore Policy Officer Poole Council have produced a comprehensive and robust covenant action plan which identifies responsible officers in each of the key areas of Health, Adult Social Care, Education, Housing, leisure etc. This is about to go to cabinet/elected members and it is hoped by the authors (K Moore Poole
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Vlad Rocas (left) with Andy Gritt.
Council and AJ Gritt DHC) that this model will be adopted by local authority partners across Dorset putting us at the forefront nationally. In mid-January as a result of the close working relationship with Poole Garrison the service lead who has been providing support to the welfare chain was invited to the formal opening of the Royal marine community Centre in Hamworthy where the team have been invited to hold workshops and clinics. The center was formally opened by HRH Princess Anne who was interested in the work we are doing locally and spent time with the service lead who outlined this to her Highness. A proposal to develop a retreat in Dorset for Veterans has been developed and a large local land owner has identified a barn complex and orchard which has been offered to the team for a peppercorn rent. The AFCS has been working with local and national Charites to develop this and if it can be developed fully it will mark a significant and unique element in local provision, currently the service lead in collaboration with veteran representative and several charities is working up a business proposal which will go to the management board in a months’ time As a result of the work streams completed to date the Lead for the service was invited to meet with Michael Tomlinson MP who sits on an all-party select committee on the Armed Forces Covenant; as a result of that meeting he presented the work to the select committee (which mentions us by name in a recent Hansard report) and we have provided further supportive information to that committee. The expressed view being that what we have developed is a unique approach which will help inform the national agenda. www.bfrss.org.uk
Additionally in December the service lead met with Colonel Commander HQ Army South West who following the work we have done directly in support of the Wounded injured and Sick (WIS) population and families transitioning out of the Armed Forces feels that what we are providing is in his words “the Gold Standard” which he would like to see rolled out across his area of responsibility (AOR) this is 7 counties and 1/4 of the British Army. A further development of this is that the Commanding officer HQ Army North West is also keen to discuss the work we are doing in both health and local authority sectors to build on the work they have been doing in their region. It has been proposed that a symposium should be held this year 2017 to bring a number of stakeholders across the region together to provide an opportunity to showcase the work we have done here in Dorset with the view that this could act as a standard to implement across the regions. In the 10 months that the team has been operational it has been found that the needs of the Armed Forces Community are manifestly more complex than was first thought which is indicated by the significant and continued uptake of the service currently some 40 veterans are on the books and the team receive daily calls for advice and support from health and local authority colleagues as well as military welfare chains and chain of command across Dorset’s Garrisons. Andy Gritt Trust Lead Armed Forces Community (Veteran’s) Health and Wellbeing. Tel: 01202 584428
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KICK START A NEW CAREER AS A FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR By qualifying as an instructor with Nuco Training, you will be part of the largest network of combined First Aid, Health and Safety and Food Safety instructors in the UK. You will be a fully supported instructor with Nuco Training Ltd who is an approved centre with First Aid Awards Ltd, an Ofqual and SQA regulated awarding organisation. This allows you to deliver a range of nationally accredited qualifications in your chosen subject area.
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For adults who haven’t previously been to University, returning to education can seem like a daunting prospect. The University of Sheffield’s Department for Lifelong Learning is helping mature students from all backgrounds to make the transition back into education by offering a foundation programme aimed at adults coming to University later in life. The University of Sheffield offers a range of 23 degrees with a foundation year, which are designed specifically for mature students without the traditional entry qualifications usually required to enter Higher Education. Studying a degree with a foundation year allows mature students to take full advantage of all the opportunities that studying for a degree brings, whilst also working alongside other mature students and with staff who have many years’ experience working with adult learners. The vast majority of students undertaking a foundation year are 21 or over and are coming to university later in life than a ‘typical’ undergraduate student. They have been working, travelling, caring for children or other family members, and building valuable life experience. Following the foundation year, students begin their degree course as confident, independent learners whose life experiences and insights enrich the learning experience for all students on their course. One such example is Gary who worked for many years in retail before making the decision to study for a degree in Archaeology with a Foundation Year. Gary says “The decision to come to University has been a turning point in my life. Sacrifices did need to be made but for me and my family it is absolutely the right
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Biomedical Engineering in the NHS By Dr Helen Meese
The discipline of engineering that interacts with the human body is principally the province of the biomedical engineer (BME). Biomedical engineering, is a diverse, exciting and relatively new area within the ďŹ eld of engineering. Biomedical engineers work in a vast range of areas and roles across the healthcare sector, from assistive technology to neurosensory devices. They are responsible for the development of equipment which diagnoses, treats and rehabilitates patients as well as developing technologies which help measure, model and simulate human anatomy. They have pioneered the development of artificial joints and organs, robotic surgical equipment, and the growing area of personal health-devices and wearables, helping people and doctors stay connected twenty-four hours a day. These Engineers have the potential to play a huge role in relieving the pressure on stretched clinical staff, resources and budgets within the NHS. Yet despite their not insignificant contribution to our health and care, the work of the biomedical engineering community remains largely hidden and undervalued. It is vital that engineers are at the heart of the design, procurement, use and maintenance of medical technology. It is only with engineers working alongside clinicians and nursing staff that properly informed choices on these issues can be made in the best interests of patients and taxpayers. The problem is, the perception of what an engineer is in the NHS is often misunderstood. It is usually split between those engineers in clinical roles and those in infrastructure and facilities; although the general perception is engineers â€˜just fix thingsâ€™. As technical innovations are set to revolutionise healthcare in the coming decades there is an urgent need to prioritise the role of engineers in the NHS, and introduce a Chief Biomedical Engineer in every NHS acute trust. However, unlike many other NHS professions, there is little uniform recognition of the biomedical engineer. They are often 46 | Virtual National Employment & Careers Fair, May 2017
assigned to different departments, operate at different levels of authority and have varying input into critical decision-making, depending on which Trust they are employed at. Biomedical engineering is referred to as clinical engineering in the NHS, but other titles such as electrical and biomechanical engineering and rehabilitation engineering are often used, amongst a host of other names. This inconsistency not only www.bfrss.org.uk
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers believes there are 5 key benefits to having a Chief Biomedical Engineer in every NHS Trust: 1. Patient safety - overseeing quality of clinical care by analysing and reporting on incidents involving medical devices to improve patient safety. 2. Value for money - achieving maximum value from investments in technology by benchmarking data across the whole NHS to secure cost-efficient procurement and sustainable maintenance of key equipment. 3. Faster access to new technology - supporting medical device clinical trials and providing a unique skill-set to bring industryled product development and academic research into clinical practice in a timely manner.
4. Patient-specific healthcare - providing direct patient services by applying innovative technologies and facilitating the manufacture of patient-specific equipment. 5. Long-term technology strategy - Delivering a sustainable and well-defined plan to maximise patient safety, clinical efficacy and overall value from medical technology through understanding the needs of clinicians, patients and the wider NHS.
undermines the work of engineers, but hampers connectivity between Trusts on the development, procurement, maintenance, and sharing of medical equipment. Today, the NHS is undergoing major reforms to ensure it is fit for purpose, yet affordable. The biggest concern will be servicing a growing, ageing population with increased expectations about what the NHS can do, against a backdrop of tightening budgets, rising costs and a commitment not to affect frontline services. A chief biomedical engineer in each acute NHS Trust would be able to encourage best practice and ensure equipment is procured efficiently across the organisation, helping to maximise patient safety and clinical efficacy. The cost of introducing a chief biomedical engineer in each NHS Trust would be negligible compared to the significant benefits to patients, services and the NHS as a whole. In an ever more technical environment we need high-level engineers to ensure the NHS is able to help improve safe independent living, while improving the NHS for the long term. www.bfrss.org.uk
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TRAINING COURSES Oak Tree Management & Training Ltd Package 14 - NEBOSH Fire Cert Location: Bury St Edmunds/York
Syracuse Managed Solutions Limited Hostile Environment Awareness (HEAT) Location: Contact for Location
Cost: Contact for Cost’s
Tavcom Ltd (Training and Resettlement) Intruder Alarm Repair and Maintenance Location: Hampshire
Cost: £595.00 + VAT
Train2Train Compliance Training Instructor (CTI) course Location: Blandford Forum
Cost: £2000.00+ VAT
University of Derby Online Learning Business and Management BSc (Hons) Degree Location: Online Cost: £13,230
3rg Security Ltd MARITIME SECURITY OPERATORS COURSE (MSO INC PDSD) Location: Contact for details Cost: £495
Cable Telecommunications Training Services (CTTS) Ltd Transition Plan 4 - 7 Weeks (ELC) Broadband Fibre Networks Location: Contact for details Cost: £4730.00
CNet Training Certified Network Cable Installer – Resettlement Location: Suffolk Cost: £2,394
Complete Training Solutions GWO Fire Awareness Location: Contact for Details
Cost: £125 + VAT
Corporate Risk Systems NVQ - Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice Location: Distance Learning Cost: £600 48 | Virtual National Employment & Careers Fair, May 2017
Edge Hill University MComp Computer Security and Networks Location: Lancashire
Cost: Contact for cost
Nuco Training 5-Day Advanced First Aid Instructor Training Course Location: Exeter Contact for Details
Southstep LTD PRINCE2 TRAINING Location: Contact for Location
Cost: Contact for Cost
For more details visit www.bfrss.org.uk/home/Courses/Courses.aspx www.bfrss.org.uk
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INTERVIEW! Over the past several years, companies have developed different approaches to evaluating candidates using a range of different assessment techniques such as data analytics, psychometric tests, personality questionnaires, role plays, assessments centres, case studies, skype and video interviewing and more.
The primary objective of the recruiting process remains the same – to assess the strength of a candidate against the criteria for the role. Interviews are an integral part of making that determination. Over the course of my career, I’ve conducted thousands of interviews and seen some great candidates, so I’d now like to share 5 tips to help you ace your next interview.
1. Preparation, preparation, preparation ‘Winging it’ won’t land you your next job! Make sure you know the requirements of the role. You’d be surprised how many people don’t! Read and re-read the job spec. Know how you have demonstrated the skills they are looking for in past roles and think of clear examples to show what you did, how you did it and what you achieved. Technology makes it easier than ever to do your research. Check out the company website and LinkedIn Company Page, read annual reports, press coverage, social media and blogs. Identify people in your network who work at the company and talk to them. They may be exhibiting at careers events – go and talk to them. They may have some insight into the role and what the company are looking for, or just a few interview tips. Build a clear picture
of the company – what’s their business, what does company culture look and feel like, what recent initiatives or contracts have they undertaken. Keep up to date with industry trends, challenges and opportunities. How are competitors performing? Don’t wait until they ask why you want to work there – take control and tell them up front why you feel you’d fit in, how you see yourself contributing and how you see yourself developing with them in the future.
2. Ask Questions, and Listen Interviews where both the interviewer and interviewee feel comfortable and build rapport go far better than those where lists of questions are fired and answered. The best interviews are 2-way conversations where they can get to know you and you can get to know them. Your CV has probably told them you have great
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5. Don’t Forget the Basics
communication skills so now’s your chance to demonstrate them.
In a competitive environment, being wellqualified, highly experienced and having a great CV may not always be enough. So, what else counts?
Prepare and ask thoughtful questions about the team and the role. By asking questions along the way and helping drive the conversation, you’re more likely to make a connection with the interviewer and leave a positive impression.
Companies won’t waste their time interviewing candidates without the right certificates, skills and background. That’s why they put so much time, effort and money into the short-listing process. Sometimes, it’s the small details that can differentiate you from the other candidates.
Stay focused and listen to the answers. This may lead to further questions and a really good conversation. I’ve employed a number of candidates who have succeeded in making the interview questions almost redundant because we’ve had such a great conversation where not only their aptitude and capability has shone through, but where their maturity, personality and passion for the role has come across with ease.
An interview is about more than just answering a list of questions – it’s also about the impression that you make. Here are some of the “little things” that matter: • Start building a relationship before the interview by calling to confirm your attendance • Arrive in plenty of time – not too early but definitely not late! • Be friendly to everyone you meet • Know the dress code • Relax and be aware of your body language • Send a thank you email or note after the interview
3. Tell Your Story It’s time to bring your CV to life and tell your story – what you’ve done, how you did it and how you made a real contribution to the team or organisation. Craft clear and concise answers to their questions which show you have the skills, judgment and drive to do the job. Interviewers will be looking for evidence of how you added value in past positions as a strong indicator of how you will perform should they employ you.
While preparation and good presentation are key contributors to your success, an interview is really about determining whether you are a good fit for the job and the company and vice versa. Sian Richardson - Founder of Forces CV Services www.forces-cvs.co.uk ©Forces CV Services 2017
Support your answers with specific examples from your past. Share an experience that demonstrates how you’ve overcome adversity or a challenge and what you learned from the process. Before the interview, think about your strengths and development areas and understand how they relate to this role.
4. Be Authentic Be yourself. The objective of the interview is for you to assess if the company aligns with your values and for the interviewer to assess if you can do the job, will do the job and if you’ll fit in. They’ll easily see through anyone who isn’t being themselves and putting on an ‘interview persona’ so relax and be your authentic self. www.bfrss.org.uk
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DATES in Your Diary
BFRS have dates in place for 2017, you can visit our website at www.bfrss.org.uk to find out who will be exhibiting, pre-register your attendance and view the magazine online! Please note some dates and venues may change
GEOAmey Recruitment Assessment Day Time: 0930hrs – 1415hrs Venue: Holiday Inn Location: Egerton Rd, Guildford, GU2 7XZ
Mitchells & Butlers Armed Forces Meet and Greet Days Time: 1045hrs – 1400hrs Venue: Toby Carvery Location: Yarm Rd, Darlington, DL1 4WF
Mitchells & Butlers Armed Forces Meet and Greet Days Time: 1045hrs – 1400hrs Venue: Toby Carvery Location: 206 Longton Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8BU
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Mitchells & Butlers Armed Forces Meet and Greet Days
Time: 1045hrs – 1400hrs Venue: Toby Carvery Frimley Location: 114 Portsmouth Road, Camberley, GU15 1HB
National Employment & Careers Fair @ Oakham
Time: 0930hrs – 1400hrs 2017 Venue: Greetham Valley Golf & Conference Centre Location: Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham LE15 7SN
National Employment & Careers Fair @ Tidworth
Time: 0930hrs – 1400hrs Venue: Tidworth Leisure Centre Location: Nadder Road, Tidworth, Wiltshire, SP9 7QN
National Employment & Careers Fair @ Catterick Time: 0930hrs – 1400hrs Venue: Catterick Leisure Centre Location: Gough Road, Catterick, North Yorks DL9 3EL
Pre-register your attendance online at www.bfrss.org.uk/events to keep up to date with event information! CONTACT BFRS Address: Centenary Business Centre, Hammond Close, Attleborough Fields Ind Est, Nuneaton, CV11 6RY T: 0116 254 5477 www.bfrss.org.uk
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VIRTUAL EXHIBITION 2017 Exhibitor Listings 3RG Security 3rg deliver a portfolio of training courses from our Poole training centre. 3rg’s training is designed to meet the needs of service leavers looking to gain a foothold in the commercial security market. Our courses include: SIA Close Protection - City & Guilds, C&G’s Maritime Security Operatives (MSO), First Person on Scene (FPOSi) medical course, Professional Investigators / Surveillance Source (EDI), HECPO training and Firearms Course. Website http://www.3rg.co.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 01202 744582
Aldi With over 9,000 stores worldwide – and continuing expansion throughout Europe, North America and Australia – you’ll see why it’s an incredibly exciting time to join us. We’re dynamic, energetic and we need people who share our passion for getting it right. Join us and you’ll be the kind of person who enjoys taking on wide-ranging retail challenges. Website www.aldirecruitment.co.uk Phone 0161 655 1087
CNet Training CNet Training has educated thousands of Service Leavers, providing them with the skills, hands-on experience and sought after qualifications to enter the lucrative network cable industry. The Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) is the perfect program to start your new career within the network cable installation industry, it also provides eligibility for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Datacomms Specialist card – a must to allow you to work on-site. Website www.cnet-training.com Phone 01284 767100
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Cable Telecommunications Training Services (CTTS) Ltd Your one stop shop for a new career in Telecoms! The Cable Telecoms Group (CTTS) are the one stop shop for your new career in Telecoms. No technical background required!! Professional Training, Industry recognised qualifications, assistance with CV compilation, work placements, assistance in to employment and then continued long term support, all part of our unique after care package! Website www.cttsgroup.co.uk Email email@example.com Phone 01522 880900
Complete Training Solutions We specialise in the delivery of courses for the Offshore Renewable Sector. We deliver a wide range of industry related training courses from construction, rope access, HSE and Offshore Wind. We are an ELCAS approved centre that delivers mandatory basic training packages designed for the Offshore Wind Industry. Courses are taught at our two training sites on the banks of Liverpoolâ€™s Mersey estuary with great transport links, free parking and lunch included. Website www.completetrainingsolutions.co.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 0151 708 9785
Corporate Risk Systems Ltd One of the largest providers of Health Safety and Environmental training courses CRS currently have over 21 courses/course packages approved by the MoD for ELCAS funding so something for everyone and with specially discounted prices agreed with the MoD you can be sure to get value for money. We offer NEBOSH, IOSH City & Guilds, Construction skills and IEMA courses some distance learning. Website http://www.crsrisk.com/mod Email email@example.com Phone 01332 527107
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Chevron Traffic Management The UK’s leading Traffic Management Specialist Established in 1979, Chevron is the largest independent traffic management company operating throughout England and Wales, with an annual turnover of more than £65m, no other traffic management company is better equipped. Chevron directly employs more than 450 trained TM operatives; we have an extensive fleet of over 375 specialist TM vehicles and operate from 10 different depot locations. Website www.chevrontm.com Phone 01844 354666
Edge Hill University Voted University of The Year 2014/15. We have a 130 year history of providing innovative higher education and offer an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes that have been developed with employability in mind. Many of our degrees offer professional accreditation and exemptions towards professional awards. We also have excellent links and partnerships in sectors including Business, Education, IT, Health, Social Care and Media. Website www.edgehill.ac.uk Email Macrael@edgehill.ac.uk Phone 01695 650901
Forces CVs Land your dream job with a highly professional CV that stands out from the crowd. Moving jobs, changing career or leaving the military for civilian life presents many challenges – getting started in a rewarding new career doesn’t have to be one of them. Are you • stressed about having to write an interview-winning CV? • confused about how to write about your achievements? • finding it difficult to translate military terminology into civilian language? With our military knowledge and commercial experience, we’ve helped hundreds of clients worldwide to do that, and we’d be delighted to help you too. Website http://www.forces-cvs.co.uk/ Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Heathrow Airport Be part of our journey It takes thousands of people in all sorts of roles to give the 190,000 passengers visiting Heathrow each day a warm welcome, a safe experience and a memorable send off. They’re proud of the service they provide, and with good reason. Now you could help us make every journey better. Join us, and we’ll help you fulfil your potential and lead our transformation. Continue your journey with Heathrow. Website www.heathrowairport.com Phone
0844 335 1801
Institution of Mechanical Engineers Improving the World through Engineering The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the fastest growing Professional Engineering Institution in the UK. We offer Professional Registration and Member Benefits to Engineers and Technicians from Industry and the MoD. Website www.imeche.org Email email@example.com Phone
020 7222 7899
Laing O’Rourke Laing O’Rourke is committed to the development of a culture based on Excellence Plus performance. Laing O’Rourke is a multidisciplinary design, manufacturing, engineering and construction group. Our roles cover the spectrum of project-delivery disciplines and trades, including: design, engineering, digital engineering, manufacturing, procurement, project management, commercial, financial, plant and logistics, carpentry and joinery, plumbing, electrical and mechanical, steel-fixing and more. Website www.laingorourke.com Phone
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Linbrooke Linbrooke delivers mission-critical solutions in Rail, Utilities and Subsea environments, focusing on telecoms, power, signalling and civils. As a Principal Contractor for Network Rail and an Independent Connection Provider with NERS accreditation, we provide a world-class comprehensive service, from design, installation, test, commissioning and integration through to training and resourcing.
Ntrs Ntrs: As an accredited City & Guilds training facility, a preferred training provider for the National Skills Academy for Rail and an ELCAS and EAL approved assessment centre, we offer entry level through to complex ‘off the shelf’ and bespoke courses for businesses upskilling their workforces and individuals furthering their careers. Websites http://linbrooke.co.uk http://ntrs.co.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 0844 8000983
MOD Police Our Policing Style is PROFESSIONAL, RESPECTFUL and ADAPTABLE MOD Police Officers don’t patrol the streets, they protect sites of national importance, plus everything and everyone in them. It’s vital, sensitive work that takes our Officers across England, Scotland, and Wales in a whole range of roles, from our Marine Unit to the Dog Section, CID to Special Escort Group, and from Tactical to Central or Operational Support. Website www.modpolice.uk Email email@example.com
Morson Group Morson International is the UK’s No.1 Technical Recruiter* and engineering recruitment company. Recruiting expert personnel globally to a diverse client base, Morson International is renowned for developing bespoke, innovative recruitment solutions for clients and candidates in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Specialties: Aerospace and defence, rail, power, nuclear and utilities, oil and gas, automotive and motorsport, telecoms, IT, marine and shipbuilding, building construction and infrastructure, scientific and pharmaceutical and professional services. *Top 250 Report Website www.morson.com Phone 0161 707 1516
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Nuco Training Ltd Nuco Training the UKâ€™s leading independent provider of First Aid Instructor training. Our 5 day Instructor courses in Health & Safety, Food Safety and First Aid equip the learner to deliver a whole range of national qualifications. Suitable for those looking at self employment or to secure employment. Website www.nucotraining.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 08456 444 999
Oak Tree Management & Training Ltd Over 20years International training delivery experience in all business sectors in areas of Leadership, Health & Safety, Environment, Project Management and Auditing. We are an approved, experienced and successful ELC 4687 and CTP Schemes national training course supplier, providing multi-disciplined discounted course packages from 5-22days. Our unique Course Packages are currently not available with any other supplier, enabling you to gain both internationally and nationally recognised training qualifications. Website www.oaktree-training.co.uk/mod Email email@example.com Phone 01284 763040
Scania (Great Britain) Ltd Scania is a global company manufacturing premium Trucks, Buses and Industrial/ Marine Engines. For more than 120 years Scania has been at the forefront of the automotive industry and today is one of the worlds most recognised and respected commercial vehicle brands. Through a nationwide network of 90 UK service points, Scania provides a wide range of Maintenance and Repair Services. We are looking to develop our Armed Forces recruitment programme and will be advertising positions across the UK for Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Management and other engineering related roles. Website www.scania.co.uk/careers Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 01908 210 210
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Society of Operations Engineers Professional Engineering Institution Licensed by Engineering Council SOE works to advance Operations Engineering for the benefit of everyone through education, training, study and research. SOE also establishes and maintains standards of competence and conduct for those engaged in Operations Engineering professionally, with an emphasis on enhancing public safety. Through its Professional Sectors of IRTE, IPlantE and BES, SOE directly influences the road transport, plant and engineer surveying sectors, developing best practice and improving compliance across the board. Website www.soe.org.uk Email email@example.com
Southstep Ltd We have IT tutors with years of experience who can provide one-on-one training support and progress reviews. They can give you an interview and offer invaluable advice to a career in IT, helping you to make the professional decision in both career and training. This support is free as part of any of our online training courses, and is available even to people who have not registered. Website http://www.southstep.co.uk/main.html Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 0800 677 1232
Surveillance Group The Surveillance Group is the leading UK provider of covert surveillance and investigations. We work with numerous major insurers, government bodies and charities, utilising a variety of surveillance techniques, and offer excellent full time employment opportunities. Additionally we offer a range of professional qualifications in surveillance and investigations. Website www.thesurveillancegroup.com Email email@example.com Phone 0800 5870170
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Syracuse Managed Solutions Limited Career Development & Transitional Support to Armed Forced Personnel and Veterans. Based in South Wales but with the flexibility to operate nationally and internationally, SMS Training provides flexible career enhancing and Transitional Workplace Management Training and Development programs in addition to Safety and Security training to Armed Forces Personnel, their Spouses and Veterans. Website www.syracusemanagedsolutions.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 0800 334 5219
Tavcom Training Tavcom Training is the UKâ€™s leading security systems training company. We teach the correct ways to select, install, operate and maintain Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), Access Control, Intruder alarm and all other types of electronic security systems. We also offer a wide range of technical and non-technical courses within security related fields. Website http://www.tavcom.com Email email@example.com Phone 01489 895099
Train2Train Qualifying trainers, managers and compliance specialists for the future The UKâ€™s leading provider of Compliance Training and Instructor-based courses. All of our Instructor training courses are designed and delivered by leading subject matter experts. As a dynamic and forward-thinking company, Train2Train continues to invest in the development of products. With the launch of the iPad Mini, the resource now used on our Compliance Training Instructor (CTI) course, we remain at the forefront of technology and training provision. Website www.train2train.org Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 07714754287
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Ubi-Tech (3R) Ltd Train to Connect A unique provider of telecommunications training to industry. A specialist provider of engineering & training services to the telecommunications industry. We provide resettlement training courses for those about to leave HM Forces and for those just wishing to enhance their knowledge and qualifications. UbiTech is in the unique position of being able to offer RF Surveys and Analysis through to Network Design. Website www.ubi-tech.co.uk Email email@example.com Phone 01527 529 750
University of Derby Online Learning Whether you’re starting out, moving up or starting again, we’re ready when you are The University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) is one of the UK’s leading universities for online distance learning. Since 2001, UDOL has grown into a globally recognised distance learning provider. Offering students flexible study options and support from our dedicated academics tutors. We provide high quality, accredited online courses in over a variety of subjects and degree levels. Find out more and search all of courses, visit the University of Derby Online Learning website now. Website www.derby.ac.uk/online
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Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) Registering for ELCs From 1st April 2016 the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) and Further Education and Higher Education schemes have seen some changes. The key changes to the schemes are as follows: • All Service Personnel (SP) currently in service will be auto-enrolled to be eligible for both Schemes, as will future SP on completion of Phase 1 training • A new ELC payment has been created: an aggregated lower tier payment, a single payment of up to £3000 for those with 6 or more years of qualifying service completed on or after 1 Apr 16, which will count as all 3 payments. • The qualifying service required for lower tier payments and FEHE will increase from 4 to 6 years from 1 Apr 2017. SP who have already accumulated 4 years qualifying service before 1 Apr 2017 will keep their entitlement to use lower tier payments and FEHE. • Post service access to ELC and FEHE, for all those leaving on or after 1 Apr 2016, will be reduced to 5 years. • Those who left between 1 Apr 11 and 31 Mar 16 (both dates inclusive) will have until 31 Mar 21 to use ELC or FEHE – 5 years from now. Anyone who left before 01 April 2011 will retain 10 years of post-service access.
What you can use ELCs for • You can claim up to £1,000 (Lower Tier) or £2,000 (Higher Tier) per financial year (31st March – 1st April) towards qualifying courses
• ELCs can be used for up to 80% of a course; you have to cover the remaining 20% yourself (you can use your Resettlement Grant for this) • You can claim 3 times (as long as they are in separate financial years) • You can use ELCs for up to 10 years from your last day of service, but for all those leaving on or after 1 Apr 2016, this is reduced to 5 years • ELCs can be used towards the costs of tuition fees including VAT • ELCs cannot be used towards travel, subsistence, accommodation, meals, equipment or course materials where additional fees apply • You can use one claim for multiple courses, as long as they are linked by a single career goal or industry, and are with the same provider.
Qualifying Courses For you to be able to yours your ELCs on a course, it must: • Be from an ELCAS accredited provider (Visit the ELCAS website for a full list). • Be accredited by NQF or QCF (National Qualification Framework or Qualifications and Credit Framework). • Result in a qualification which is Level 3 or higher.
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Minimum of 25-30 working days before course registration deadline or course start date
Minimum 25 working days before course start / registration date
Read and understand JSP898-P4C3 and/or DIN 2009DIN07-042
Complete Claim Form
Research course and Learning Provider including level method, pre-course reading requirements
Send claim form to education staff/SSR for authorisation Do NOT send to ELCAS
Refer to Learning Centre staff / SSR if necessary
Contact Learning Provider to secure place on course
Minimum 20 working days before course start / registration date
Education staff signs claim form and posts to ELCAS for processing or Education staff / SSR processes claim form via online system
ELCAS must receive claim minimum of 15 working days before course start date
Education Officer / Single Service Representative post / fax CAN to Learner or Leaning Provider
ELCAS check claim
Make necessary corrections / actions
ELCAS post CAN (2nd class) back to Learning Centre
Course start / registration date
Education Officer / Single Service Representative post / fax CAN to Learner or Leaning Provider
Claimant actions Education Staff / Single service Representative (SSR) actions ELCAS actions note: Claimants no longer in service must send their claim to their SSR - contact details on Ex-Service personnel page
This is just a brief overview of the process, for the full details and terms and conditions, please see the ELCAS website. You can also contact ELCAS on 01452 558 390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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FTX Logistics Ltd has a PFI contract with the Ministry of Defence. Within the contract FTX Logistics provides the MoD with a fleet of 92 Heavy Equipment Transporters (HET). HET provides the British Army’s heavy lift capability across the UK and on main land Europe. FTX Logistics also provides the Army with one third of the manpower to deliver this service.
Positions available C+E DRIVERS who want the opportunity to drive and operate one of the largest truck and trailer combinations on the road mixed with commercial driving local to your home address. HGV MECHANICS to work at one of our two sites in the UK, Bulford Wiltshire and Catterick North Yorkshire. All Driver Operators and Mechanics have a Sponsored Reservist commitment.
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For further information visit our web site www.ftxlog.com Call on 01980667119 Email email@example.com
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