Events

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
3 September 2019, 09:30 - 14:30 Laing O' Rourke Recruitment Day
Laing O’Rourke is a privately owned, internationally focused engineering enterprise with world-class capabilities spanning the entire client value chain. They operate an integrated business model comprising the full range of engineering, construction and asset management services delivering single-source solutions for some of the world's most prestigious public and private organisations. The heart of their drive to challenge and change the construction industry is their people. They believe in employing and developing the very best talent in the industry, challenging them to find and follow a better way and deliver excellence for their clients whilst leaving a lasting legacy for the communities in which they operate. About Select Select is one of the UK’s largest – and most diverse – suppliers of equipment and services to the construction and building services industry. They have depots based around the country, with Specialist Plant being based at the Grimsby depot. About the Day The purpose of the event is to recruit individuals with transferrable skills into Select. They have fitter vacancies within Select and are specifically recruiting for a travelling fitter and depot fitter for their fleet of piling rigs. The Open Day will run with 2 key sessions, 10am – 12pm and 12:30pm – 2:30pm. There will be a buffet lunch served from 12pm – 12:30pm for both sessions. Session 1: 09:30am – Arrivals 10:00am – Company Presentation 10:30am – Outline of roles available, locations & key skills requirements with opportunity to apply online 11:00am – Depot tour and meet the team 12:00pm – Lunch / Finish Session 2: 12:00pm – Arrivals / Lunch 12:30pm – Company Presentation 13:00pm – Outline of roles available, locations, key skills requirements with the opportunity to apply online 13:30pm – Depot tour and meet the team 14:30pm – Finish Contact Tracy Westerby: twesterby@laingorourke.com or phone: 07836 677764
Waltham Contact
10 September 2019, 10:00 - 15:00 A Day with BT
BT employs more veterans and reservists than any other company in the UK, and its Transition Force programme aims to help you find the role, company, and industry that's right for you. By attending ‘A Day with BT’ you will get: an introduction to BT's business, and the diversity of opportunities it presents; advice on demonstrating how your military skills and experience transfer to civilian jobs; information about BT's recruitment processes; and introductions to ex-Service personnel working for BT who have the experience of making a successful transition from military to civilian employment.
Plymouth Visit
11 September 2019, 09:30 - 16:30 Military is Good for Business Employer Workshop: How to attract and recruit ex-military personnel – Newcastle
Do you understand the tools and techniques your business needs to establish a successful ex-military recruitment process? The Officers' Association and Business in the Community have experience consulting companies on what exactly is needed, so you can best develop a sustainable ex-military recruitment pipeline. Focusing on attraction and recruitment, this one day course will explore myth busting, deciphering military language, and real life examples of success. You’ll leave with an understanding of the tools you need to create your own ex-military recruitment process. We will be joined by a guest speaker, who will share insight into their leading ex-military recruitment strategy. You will hear about the successes, challenges and learnings and have the opportunity to network with other organisations. This course is aimed at HR professionals and line managers with recruitment responsibilities; no prior knowledge on the topic is expected. Places are limited, but before the workshop we will confirm your place and arrange a convenient time for a quick call to talk through your current situation so that we can tailor the event for your needs. We also organise a follow-up call after the workshop to discuss your next steps and offer advice as required.
Virgin Money. Jubilee House. Gosforth. NE3 4PL Visit Contact
11 September 2019, 12:00 - 16:30 Transition into the NHS - ex-military Careers Day
Join University Hospitals Birmingham for an afternoon of careers insight, as well as practical application and recruitment advice. This event will look at the Trust’s complete recruitment process and equip you with the tangible knowledge to excel throughout. You will leave with a clear vision of where you fit within the Trust, how to apply, and which live roles are on offer. This event will have breakout sessions and speakers to suit all ranks and career paths, with topic options including: • Facilities & Estates • Finance • Medical Logistics • Project & Operations Management • Healthcare Science • Informatics and Digital Technology • ‘A look inside our machines’ – engineering in the NHS You will have the opportunity to speak to key decision makers within the Trust, and meet with the HR team who can support you through the application process. Confirmed speakers include the Trust’s Deputy Director of Facilities, Head of Estates, Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Technical Services, to name only a few. This event is suitable for all Service leavers and veterans, regardless of location – your learnings from the day can be taken back and used in application for any NHS Trust. Many former Service personnel now have hugely successful careers within the NHS. Do not miss this opportunity to find out how you too can take the next step in your civilian career. "There is a real requirement for the knowledge, skills and experience gained during a military career in the NHS. There are a variety of roles, outside the clinical route, where former service personnel can develop a worthwhile second career.” Quote from Phil Harrison, retired Colonel, now Project Manager with University Hospitals Birmingham. Date: Wednesday 11 September 2019 Time: 12:00 – 16:30 Please note that your registration details will be shared with University Hospitals Birmingham before the event.
Learning Hub, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 180 Metchley Lane, Birmingham B15 2TA Visit
18-29 September 2019 A Day with BT
BT employs more veterans and reservists than any other company in the UK, and its Transition Force programme aims to help you find the role, company, and industry that's right for you. By attending ‘A Day with BT’ you will get: an introduction to BT's business, and the diversity of opportunities it presents; advice on demonstrating how your military skills and experience transfer to civilian jobs; information about BT's recruitment processes; and introductions to ex-Service personnel working for BT who have the experience of making a successful transition from military to civilian employment.
Edinburgh Visit
19 September 2019, 18:00 - 19:15 19th September 2019: OA Event - Networking Workshop – Gateshead
Want to become a great networker in just one hour? Then this event is not to be missed. This workshop is back in the North East due to popular demand so book your place early to avoid missing out. You will learn how to enhance your networking skills and to use them to develop opportunities. This practical workshop will benefit all networkers, from complete beginners to those wanting to further develop their networking skills. You will leave feeling confident in your ability to connect with employers and grow your network. This workshop will be led by Colin Tweedie, a Business Development Consultant with more than 30 years of networking experience. Colin will thoroughly explore the most effective ways to network, and demonstrate that it does not need to be an intimidating process. Testimonials from a previous workshop: “It was concise, covered all aspects of Networking, answered all my questions, was entertaining so I didn’t lose concentration and provided a hand out reminder so I didn’t need to try taking notes whilst listening.” “Brought to light a complete view of how to network.” “Reassurance that what I already do is not way off the mark.” Regional networking group NEON will be hosting their next meeting directly after the workshop. Stay to practice your networking skills with local employers and meet other officers, both in transition and civilian employment. Time: 17:45 arrival for 18:00 start. 19:15 finish continuing into NEON networking
HMS Calliope, Royal Naval Reserve Unit, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 2BE Visit
25 September 2019, 10:00 - 15:00 BT Cyber Security Insight
Are you from a technical trade, e.g. Royal Signals, Military Intelligence, Royal Navy/RAF equivalent? Do you have or are you studying for IT / Networking / Cyber-related experience and qualifications (e.g. CompTIA N+, S+, CySA+, CCNA, CISSP etc)? If you're an armed forces Service leaver or veteran who is serious about a career in cyber security, then you should register for this workshop. To book your place, follow the link below
Bristol Visit
1 October 2019, 09:00 - 15:00 Military Talent Day (London)
The Barclays Military Talent Day consists of a series of presentations about the different business units and functions within Barclays. The presentations are delivered by senior leaders and highlight the transferable skills that service leavers can bring to Barclays. The presentations also outline the various entry routes into Barclays for both service leavers and veterans.
London Visit Contact
1 October 2019, 09:00 - 15:00 Military Talent Day (Leeds)
The Barclays Military Talent Day consists of a series of presentations about the different business units and functions within Barclays. The presentations are delivered by senior leaders and highlight the transferable skills that service leavers can bring to Barclays. The presentations also outline the various entry routes into Barclays for both service leavers and veterans.
Leeds Visit Contact
1 October 2019, 09:45 - 15:00 The Barclays Scotland Military Talent Day in association with Standard Life Aberdeen
The Barclays Scotland Military Talent Day (MTD) in association with Standard Life Aberdeen consists of a series of presentations about the different business units and functions within Barclays and Standard Life Aberdeen. The day is run in parallel with Barclays MTDs in London, Leeds and Manchester and commences with all locations joining a video conference and receiving a presentation by Barclays leadership from the London headquarters in Canary Wharf. After the central video conference presentations are delivered in the room in Glasgow by senior leaders and highlight the transferable skills that service personnel can bring to Barclays and Standard Life Aberdeen. The presentations also outline the various entry routes into Barclays for both service leavers and veterans. The day concludes with an informal networking event, allowing delegates to talk to members of the Barclays Military Network and Standard Life Aberdeen to hear more about their transition from the military into civilian employment. Service leavers and veterans who wish to understand more about careers within the financial services sector are encouraged to attend.
120 Bothwell St, Glasgow G2 7JT Visit
1 October 2019, 10:00 - 13:00 1st October 2019: OA Event - LinkedIn Essentials Workshop – Manchester - Morning
Are you one of the 27 million professionals in the UK making use of LinkedIn? Attend this workshop to learn how to amend your profile so that it shines to employers and your network. Whether you are just getting started or have had a profile for years, Lincoln Coutts will guide you through the tips and tricks of the platform: from checking your privacy permissions, your profile photo, posting content and making your job search more effective. This workshop is open to officers and their dependants, so please feel free to share with your family and network. You will gain: An increased knowledge of social media and LinkedIn Personal advice and tips from an expert in the field Practical actions to improve your profile A network of fellow officers in transition New skills to enhance your job search Testimonials from previous workshops: “Hugely useful – should have done this a year ago!” – Birmingham, June 2019 “Lincoln’s knowledge and delivery in the workshop was outstanding. It provided me with an understanding of Linked in and how it works that will certainly help me build my profile, my connections and my business. An excellent day!” – Catterick, September 2018 About the speaker: Lincoln has over 17 years of HR consulting experience and over 10 years in social media consulting. He is a visiting lecturer at a number of business schools, including the London Business School and Said Business School and advises SMEs and FTSE 100 on social media optimisation. He has trained over 7,000 people on how to build their digital footprint to ensure that you make the right connections. Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019 Time: 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 Join either the morning or the afternoon workshop by choosing the relevant ticket type – the content for both sessions will be the same.
Quilter Financial Adviser School, Trident Business Park, Styal Rd, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 5XB Visit
2 October 2019, 10:00 - 15:00 Insight into Technical Services & Facilities Management at ISS
At ISS Facility Services, we would like to welcome you to the home of our technical services division in Stoke-on-Trent for an introduction to ISS and the world of facilities management. The aim of the day is to cover the scope of our global business and the different roles and opportunities that are available in the industry – from engineers and call centre handlers, to receptionists and operations managers. We will also take a close look at the ISS Technical Services division, which provides technical and mobile engineering services to clients. This introduction will be a group event, with interactive sessions and also an opportunity to spend one-to-one time with members of staff and JointForces@ISS coaches. These coaches will offer advice and guidance based on your specific needs, including possible career paths and the qualifications required for these roles. DRESS CODE: Business (No jeans or trainers) YOUR PREPARATION: Please bring your current CV or your draft notes to work on. Please arrive at 9.45am for a prompt 10am start. On arrival, please report to reception on the ground floor. The day will finish at approximately 3pm. Lunch will be provided for you on the day, so please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. To confirm your attendance, please complete the registration link.
ISS Technical Services, Forge Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5PZ Visit Contact
15 October 2019, 10:30 - 15:30 Military Talent Day (North West)
The Barclays Military Insight Day consists of a series of presentations about the different business units and functions within Barclays. The presentations are delivered by senior leaders and highlight the transferable skills that service leavers can bring to Barclays. The presentations also outline the various entry routes into Barclays for both service leavers and veterans.
Knutsford Visit Contact
24 October 2019, 10:30 - 15:00 BuildForce Armed Forces Insight Day hosted by Bovis Homes
The Insight Day will focus on local and nationwide construction and the built environment pipeline opportunities and a chance to talk to key employers from the BuildForce Alliance, including Arcadis, Balfour Beatty (M4), Clancy Group. Eiffage Kier, GallifordTry, Highways England, Skanska, VGC and Wates (with more yet to be confirmed). This is a great opportunity to discuss skills required, training and find out more about what the industry has to offer; roles such as Project Managers, Designers, Logisticians, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Health and Safety, QA, Tradesmen, Civil Engineering and supporting roles. A job in construction isn’t just about being on the tools, it is accessible to all ranks and skill sets, and offers real potential for career progression. As well as providing an insight into career pathways in the construction industry, we will run workshops to provide industry advice on CV’s, interview preparation and using Social Media effectively e.g. LinkedIn profiles. Agenda for the day 1030 - 1100: Registration & coffee 1100 - 1200: Introduction to BuildForce, the industry and two of our ex-military recruits 1200 - 1500: Meet the employers, social media, CV and interview workshops
Bovis Homes Training Centre, 550 Oracle Parkway, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1PT Contact
25 October 2019, 09:30 - 16:30 ‘Stand Up and Serve Again’
Stand Up and Serve Again - a Campaign Force Insight Workshop for Serving Personnel and Veterans aimed at those who are thinking of stepping into a political career. This workshop will train you in the fundamentals of political life and is run directly by Campaign Force. Seasoned political professionals will be in attendance to share their secrets! Sign up using the link provided.
Pareto Law, 49 Church Street, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1AX Visit Contact