VETS offers a range of transition support activities such as CV and Interview workshops, talent days, work placements, internships. Mentors will provide guidance on which support activities a veteran should attend. Placements and internships are arranged directly through the VETS Hub, further details available through your mentor.

Date/time What is it? Location Website
28 November 2019, 10:00 - 15:00 Openreach Engineering Insight
Openreach has recruited over 3,000 armed forces veterans since 2011 – in 2017-18 alone, 20% of Openreach’s engineer recruits had an armed forces background. The Transition Force programme aims to help you find the role, company, and industry that's right for you. By attending the ‘Openreach Engineering Insight’ workshop you will get: an introduction to Openreach’s business, and a focus on the engineering roles available (Openreach is recruiting 3,000 trainee engineers in 2019); advice on demonstrating how your military skills and experience transfer to civilian employment; information about Openreach’s recruitment processes; and introductions to ex-Service personnel working for Openreach who have the experience of making a successful transition from military to civilian employment. To book your place, go to
Portsmouth Visit
10 January - 28 February 2020 Stress Management & Mental Health Workshop
Stress in our day-to-day lives, both at work and home, can impact on our physical and mental health. This practical workshop explores the relationship between stress and mental health and enables participants to recognise the signs/symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. The session also provides evidence based information and practical approaches for addressing these often difficult life issues. For full information download the Stress Management Mental Health Brochure ( <b>By the end of the course, participants will:<b/> - To raise awareness of stress and its relationship with mental health - To enhance knowledge of how to prevent and alleviate stress - To raise awareness of the potential impact of stress and mental health issues in the workplace - To reduce stigma and address prejudice re mental health issues - To enhance participants emotional wellbeing and resilience As part of their Veteran programme, BuildForce have teamed up with MHS Training to provide 1-2-1 counselling sessions and Stress Management & Mental Health group workshops. BuildForce will be facilitating the workshops on the following dates (venues tbc): Jan 10th: South West Jan 17th: South Jan 24th: North Feb 14th: South East Feb 21st: South West Feb 28th: South Please contact to express interest and if you would like to reserve a place.
21 January 2020, 18:30 - 20:30 Service Leavers’ and Veterans Transition Networking Event
Why: 65% - 85% of jobs are found by networking (Harvard Business School). If you are leaving the Armed Forces, you cannot afford not to network! Who: Service Leavers, are you leaving the Armed Forces soon, or just thinking about it. Or are you a Veteran not fulfilling your potential? Network generation in business is essential to your success and Leavers’ Link events are free and genuinely help you answer the tough questions about Transition. Who: Employers, Leavers’ Link is a voluntary free to all networking event giving you free access to our Service Leaver and Veteran community as they Transition to Civvie Street. The offer is to network with quality, flexible and highly motivated potential employees who will add exceptional value to your business? Find them before a competitor does! Where: The Colchester Officers’ Club*, St John’s Green, Colchester, CO2 7EZ (2 minutes from Colchester Town Station Road access from Londinium Road) *With kind permission of the executive board When: 6.30pm, finish at 8.30pm. Cost: Free to all Refreshments: Drinks are available at the bar. Registration: please e-mail to register. Event Organisers: John Vickers 07974 245161, Iain Finch 07913 248028, Evan Flockhart 07968 336883
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