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DIY SOS TRANSFORMS TWO MANCHESTER STREETS FOR FORCES VETERANS

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

TV show DIY SOS: The Big Build has taken on its biggest challenge yet: renovating more than 60 houses across two Manchester streets and building a new support centre for Forces veterans. The special edition of the long-running BBC programme will be screened across two one-hour episodes on the 14th and 21st October. It’s hoped that the team will manage to completely renovate eight derelict homes...

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WHAT ARE ENHANCED LEARNING CREDITS AND HOW COULD THEY BENEFIT SERVICE LEAVERS?

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

The civilian jobs market is highly competitive. Forces Leavers have many of the skills and attitudes that employers are looking for but some roles will require specific training or qualifications. Improving your skills and knowledge could help give you the edge but adult training and education can be expensive. Fittingly, the enhanced learning credits scheme (ELC) is an initiative aimed at prom...

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JOIN THE ‘WALK OF BRITAIN’ TEAM OF VETERANS ON ITS EPIC ADVENTURE

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

A team of four British and two American wounded ex Forces personnel are undertaking an epic thousand-mile walk across mainland Britain to raise funds for the Walking With The Wounded charity. The walk started in Scotland on August 22 and is due to finish at Buckingham Palace on November 1. Team member Matt Fisher, suffered a gunshot wound to the foot on patrol in Afghanistan, which led to an am...

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN DAY MARKED BY EVENTS UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be marked on September 15. Although the battle was waged during World War II throughout the summer and autumn of 1940, Battle of Britain Day was chosen to mark the turning point of the aerial engagement, which was one of the most pivotal moments of the entire war. There have already been a number of events commemorating the 75thanniversary of t...

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YOUR BUSINESS COULD STILL SIGN UP TO THE CORPORATE COVENANT

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

If you own a business, providing jobs for ex-military personnel could offer you several key benefits. Forces Leavers can bring a strong work ethic to any role and tend to have a strong mix of skills, from “hard skills” such as engineering, IT and logistics, to “soft”, interpersonal skills such as communication and leadership. The Corporate Covenant is a voluntary pledge from businesses that wis...

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BOOST YOUR PAY BY UP-FRONT NEGOTIATION

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Pay is a delicate issue. Most of us don't like talking about it, so when a vacancy says 'salary negotiable' many people are nervous about applying and may even steer clear altogether. But negotiating pay is not that difficult when you know how. If you have the right skills for the job and it's clear that the employer wants you, it may well pay you to try to negotiate the salary upwards even bef...

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HOW TO DEMILITARISE YOUR CV

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Making the transition from the military to civilian life can be a difficult time, and one of the main challenges is often in securing suitable employment. You might not realise it but, as a Forces leaver, you are already likely to have a lot of the skills and qualities that many employers are looking for. The difficulty can sometimes lie in identifying these skills and communicating them to pot...

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ONE IN 14 REDUNDANT PERSONNEL SIGN UP AS RESERVISTS

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

New figures have revealed that thousands of ex-Forces personnel made redundant in the defence spending cuts of the past four years have signed up to serve as reservists. According to a parliamentary written answer, around 10,800 personnel have been made redundant since 2011. Of these, more than 700 have signed up for the Reserves, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence. In 201...

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HAVE YOU CONSIDERED A CAREER ON THE RAIL NETWORK?

almost 4 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Network Rail, the company that runs and maintains the infrastructure of the majority of the rail network in England, Scotland and Wales, says that jobs within the network are ideally suited to ex-Forces personnel. Many of the skills gained in the armed forces are highly valued within the company. It could be the ability to work under pressure in a field-based environment in challenging conditio...

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