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Erskine opens £4 million residential centre to support transitioning Vets
Scotland’s largest Veteran’s charity, Erskine, has unveiled a £4 million state-of-the-art residential development to support Veterans as they transition away from the military. The new David Boyle Court will provide accommodation and an employability programme to support service leavers and Veterans whose life or transition plans have been disrupted. Read the full article here.
VETS chats with DRM in their Forces Friendly Podcast
We are pleased to share the link to the DRM “Being Forces Friendly podcast” where Kylie Groves (DRM’S Veteran and Charities Comms Manager) is joined by our very own Lisa Marr (VETS Programme Manager, Barclays) as well as Emma Morgan (Program Manager EMEA - Global Military Programme, Amazon) and Victoria Wales (OB Pack Area Manager Amazon).
In addition to being veterans themselves, these three represent industry leading companies who actively recruit from the Armed Forces. They will be discussing the VETS programme, shining a light on the female veteran experience and sharing insights from their personal transition journey.
Click here to listen to the conversation.
VETS welcomes Career Pursuit as a partner
As a military spouse for over 18 years and following a lengthy career in the NHS, Helen Massy experienced the professional uncertainty associated with frequent relocation, and she struggled to access career advice when launching her own business. Despite there being a wealth of resources available, navigating the myriad of career advice out there was both daunting and time-consuming. She realised something was missing that could provide a comprehensive 'one-stop shop' for all things career-related, and Career Pursuit was born.
Career Pursuit - A Career Guide for Military Families on the Move is an annual not-for-profit magazine providing consolidated career advice to the military spouse/partner and veteran community, along with resources, top tips, and a variety of employment-related content.
In 2020, Helen launched Career Pursuit from her kitchen table and this year has gained sponsorship from some of our partners, such as Barclays, to play a part in helping her bring this further, including print copies of the magazine. Career Pursuit 2021: A Career Guide for Military Families on the Move will be released at the end of June and you can access last years edition at https://www.medicalandhealthwriter.com/career-pursuit.
VETS Partners Barclays and NatWest take top spots with LinkedIn
Barclays has been crowned the best company to work for, with NatWest coming in at third place, according to LinkedIn’s list of the 25 top workplaces in the UK.
The list ranks workplaces on their capacity to build and sustain a long-term career and have been compiled based on actions taken by the platform’s 30m UK members between January and December 2020. Over 20% of the top 25 are current VETS partners and we are so pleased to see them recognised. Click here to see the full list!
Corporate Partnership available for WWTW
Walking With The Wounded is looking for committed corporate partners to help in their mission get people back on their feet. Established in 2010, WWTW, a military charity for ex-military in the UK, supports a pathway for disadvantaged veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence with sustainable employment being at the heart of the journey.
WWTW develops compelling partnerships which deliver clear and substantial business benefits for the corporate and raises vital funds to help even more vulnerable veterans. Delivered in a strategic and relevant manner charitable partnerships can provide substantial benefits to companies in a number of ways, attached are just some of the possible options available.
Royal Navy Reservists from Barclays supports the RN in Bahrain
Lt Cdr Jon Wheale, from HMS President, is part of the media team for the UK Maritime Component Command. Lt Cdr Wheale, who works for Barclays Bank in his civilian career, said: “Serving with the Royal Navy is an enormously rewarding activity and one I enjoy very much.
“Being able to mobilise and deploy to Bahrain for the second time not only allows me to make a small contribution to the vitally important work of the Royal Navy in the region but also underlines the palpable commitment that my employer makes every day to support the Armed Forces.”
There are a number of Reservists currently serving alongside Regular counterparts in a variety of roles within the UKMCC and CMF headquarters.
“Everyone has the same training and wears the same uniform. Deploying overseas offers a great opportunity to gain new experiences and meet new people that can’t be found elsewhere.” - Lt Cdr Wheale
HMRC Update: RISE Programme success
HMRC recognises the importance of supporting military veterans and the significant skills and expertise they bring into the Civil Service. With many service leavers wanting to continue serving their country, HMRC and the RISE programme, offers the perfect transition opportunity and range of professions, within public service.
Bypassing the normal recruitment principles, RISE is an accredited Life Chances Programme, offering a ‘try-before-you-buy’ internship of up to 8 weeks, followed by a fixed term appointment for successful applicants.
“Civil Service jobs give Service Leavers a sense of familiarity, both in structure and rules. It can be very hard for a Service Leaver to adapt to civvie life, but a career in HMRC or any Civil Service department will help them transition smoothly. There is no role in HMRC that a Service Leaver couldn’t do.” - Becky, VAT Frontline Manager
“I was surprised by how many transferable skills are relevant to this job. I have learnt a lot and have a lot to offer. This is an ideal first step out of the military into civilian work life. I would recommend HMRC to other service leavers, the RISE scheme fits in perfectly around resettlement.” - HMRC’s first RISE success and Brand Ambassador, Cameron.
To be eligible for the programme, you must be serving within your discharge period. If you are interested in applying for this fantastic initiative, please view the latest opportunities on the VETS HMRC page.
COVID-19 Response from Santander
When the Pandemic occurred, Santander changed its “Special Leave” policy to increase paid leave for Reserve service, doubling the amount offered from 10 to 20 days for activities in support of the Covid-19 Task Force. Santander also doubled its “Matched Time” policy for Volunteering including activities such as working with RE:ACT (formerly Team Rubicon).
One member of the team at Santander has been using this additional time to work with the RE:ACT team, supporting the NHS staff at London’s Guys and St Thomas’s hospitals.
It is fantastic to hear about how the VETS community is supporting the response to COVID-19 and encourage you to get in touch if you have more examples to share.