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7 May 2021 (Edition - Issue 18)

Employment, Training & Transition Support
The next #ForcesFamiliesJobs webinar looks at self-employment support and we'll be joined by three amazing organisations

. If self-employment or your own business is something you're thinking of, register today
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National Insurance contributions relief for employers who hire veterans

National Insurance contributions relief for employers who hire veterans provides a zero-rate of secondary Class 1 National Insurance contributions on civilian employment after leaving the regular armed forces.

Finance Officer with Veterans Housing Scotland – Goodmoves


Role

Veterans Housing Scotland has over 100 years of experience in providing homes for Veterans in Scotland who are disabled.

We are incredibly proud of our history and the service we have provided to those who have served their country. We are equally excited about our future and how we as a charity will continue to work with and support members of the Veterans Housing Scotland family.

This is an exciting time to join this evolving organisation with a critical role reporting to the Finance Manager. The position will be responsible for assisting the Finance Manager in ensuring the organisation's efficient and effective financial management. As this is a hands-on role, the post holder will be involved in all aspects of the Charities financial activities.

This is a broad role that requires both financial and management accounting skills in addition to good knowledge of accounting standards and best practice. You must have strong technical and excel skills. You will possess excellent knowledge of Accounting and Payroll Systems, particularly as there is a planned implementation of a new accounts package. You will have the ability to implement process improvement and work flexibility and adaptability – effective teamwork is essential.

As the job description details are likely to evolve and change in response to working practice, the post-holder will require a flexible approach. If you have the skills, drive, energy, and willingness to learn and want to be part of this exciting opportunity to support veterans in Scotland, we would like to hear from you.


THE BEST ADVICE FOR JOBSEEKERS IN THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY, STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX
 

HOW TO WRITE A STAND-OUT CV 

Your CV has 30 seconds to impress an employer, so it's extremely important that you get it right. Make sure yours stands out from the crowd by following our step-by-step CV guide for ex-military jobseekers. 
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11 STEPS TO CREATING A PROFESSIONAL LINKEDIN PROFILE
Many companies and recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates everyday. So, if you want to be found for a job then you should be on the platform. Follow this LinkedIn guide to ensure your profile is smart and professional.

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TOP COMPANIES HIRING FROM THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY
More and more companies are signing the Armed Forces Covenant pledging to hire members of the Armed Forces community. Discover our shortlist of the top organisations that are actively hiring reservists, veterans and their families.

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HOW TO BUILD A PROFESSIONAL ONLINE PRESENCE
A strong online presence can help you to market yourself to potential employers, network and secure an interview. Read our guide to learn how to create a successful online profile.

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THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER EX-MILITARY SKILLS AND QUALITIES
People who join the military receive valuable training throughout their careers which forms and strengthens their skillset. This range of soft and hard skills is easily translatable into civilian employment

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Funding & Financial Support

Grants from The Veterans' Foundation


The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to cover pandemic-induced need and other ‘normal’ grants.  The former may be considered out-of-committee and decided upon within a week. The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K, however, we have also introduced a few salary grants, which can provide up to £40K spread over two years for salaries, only salaries, to help small and medium-wealth organisations.  The application process for all grants is online here: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk.

Deadlines for submission through 2021 are as follows: 
  • 21 May

  • 27 August

  • 12 November

Information and Resources

Veterans Assist Scotland

The Veterans Assist Scotland Website has a wide range of information and advice available including the details for the various Armed Forces and Veterans Champions.

Veterans Assist Scotland (veterans-assist.org)

Veterans Assist Scotland - looks to signpost and connect the Veterans' Community including their families, with the organisations and services best placed to help with information, advice and support that they may need from across Scotland.



 

Resources

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


An updated copy of the information booklet as at 25 March 2021 is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates

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ARMED FORCES DAY - Saturday 26 June 2021

 

ABOUT

What?

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.

When?

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.  In 2021, it will take place on Saturday 26 June.

Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 21 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Reserves Day will also provide an opportunity for the country to recognise our Reserve Forces.

Where?

This years Armed Forces Day National Event will be hosted by Scarborough Borough Council. Find out how you can still show your support on Saturday 26 June.

Events may be affected by COVID-19. Please contact the individual event organisers, using the contact details provided, for further information on specific events.

Why?

Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. You can find out more about what they are doing at home and around the world by visiting the official sites of the Royal NavyBritish Army and Royal Air Force.

The public show their support for the Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day, but did you know the Armed Forces Covenant outlines how the Government, businesses and communities support Armed Forces personnel past and present throughout the year? Find out more here.

Who?

 

The Armed Forces

The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

Veterans

A veteran is anyone who has served in the HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.

You can find out more information about support for Veterans on the Veterans-UK website or by calling Veterans UK on 0808 1914 218.

Reservists

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.

An annual Reserves Day celebrates their contribution to the Armed Forces.  Reserves Day is the Wednesday ahead of Armed Forces Day – 23 June.

Cadets

The Cadet Forces (Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and the Combined Cadet Force) currently support over 130,000 young people in more than 3,000 locations across the UK. Cadets learn life and career building skills as well as gaining vocational qualifications..

Families

Our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends.

Charities

Although Armed Forces Day is not a charitable event, the Armed Forces have the support of several UK charities and many local events will offer opportunities to support them. To find out more about Armed Forces charities please see here.


 
Walking With The Wounded’s MEDALS Programme and the Soldiers Arts Academy are delighted to bring to you a free six wee online art course delivered through the Zoom platform.

Regardless of your ability if you are a veteran and want to join other veterans through the medium of zoom to enjoy some art lessons and some great company please get in contact with William Cairns WWTW Project Manager by email to william.cairns@wwtw.org.uk outlining your full name and email address to arrange registration in order to take part.

The class will take place from 11-12 every Friday for six weeks from 21/5/21 with the brilliant support of Russian Artist and Tutor Natalia Andeeva.
 
 

Lifting Our Sights Beyond 2030

The impact of future trends on the transition of our Armed Forces Community from military to civilian life.

About this Event

This event is the online launch of the report Lifting Our Sights: Beyond 2030 – the impact of future trends on the transition of our Armed Forces Community from military to civilian life will take place at 10am on Thursday 27th May 2021.

The research was commissioned by FiMT and has been conducted by Future Agenda. The project team have been working with key stakeholders over the last year to examine the changing nature of UK society and to identify the socio-economic and socio-political trends that will impact on the Armed Forces Community, and the organisations that work with them, over the next decade.

This is a must attend event for anyone with an interest in the Armed Forces Community – politicians, policy advisers, officials, trustees, charity staff and business leaders to help with strategic planning for 2030 and beyond.

The online event will last for one hour. It will present the key findings and recommendations of the report and offer insights from those working with the Armed Forces Community on the challenges and opportunities likely to be encountered over the next decade. A full list of speakers will be announced shortly and will include Patrick Harris, Director of Future Agenda.

If you have any questions about the event or the report, please contact events@fim-trust.org

If you would like to find out more about the project, please visit www.liftingoursights.org.uk

Click here to book your ticket.

‘Learning and Emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Sport’

Invictus Games Foundation ‘Conversation’ – Webinar

‘Learning and Emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Sport’

Wednesday, 2 June 2021 – 1400-1545 British Summer Time

The Invictus Games Foundation (IGF) is pleased to announce the next iteration of its ‘Conversation’ series as a webinar on Wednesday, 2nd June 2021 between 1400-1545 British Summer Time. Along with a number of other events, it will occur during the ‘Games Week’ when the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 would have taken place in 2021, and will be important in laying out the path to the rescheduled Games during the period 16-22 April 2022.

The IGF is very grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for enabling this webinar and to the continuing support of Ascot Rehab, the Fisher House Foundation and ISPS Handa.

Themes

The webinar will be conducted in three parts:

1. It will first focus on a discussion between the teams and their representatives, competitors and their friends and family on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and the role that sport has played in their respective experiences. The aim will be both to share best practice as well as building a sense of common purpose and identity in the Invictus community.

2. Next, we will consider some of the key psychiatric themes which have emerged on coping with adversity and also then on building back better as we emerge from the pandemic.

3. Finally, there will be a discussion and closing panel session, considering how the Invictus Games Foundation has been able to support the National Health Service (NHS) and its workforce in England in addressing some of the difficult moral and psychological experiences it has faced during the pandemic. This support has been built on a series of podcasts which have considered key issues such as Reconnecting with the Family following a difficult deployment; preparing for a second deployment (or COVID-19 surge); the importance of teams and networks; and the power of sport in aiding recovery and rehabilitation. These podcasts which have been shared with the NHS are available here:  https://audioboom.com/channels/5030566.

Registration

The webinar will be conducted on the ReAttendance platform and all attendees will be requested to register in advance for the event. It is requested that the registration process is completed by Wednesday, 26 May 2021. Tickets are free.

To register for the event please follow the below link: https://igfconversation.eventbrite.co.uk

Virgin Red and Recruit for Spouses Career Academy join forces to offer a free mentor programme for military spouses

Virgin Red’s sponsorship will enable military and veteran spouses to get involved in a free mentor programme. The mentors from Virgin Red will include Directors from around the business.

More than 14 military spouses are recruited by Virgin Red and Virgin as ‘Reward Genies’. Virgin Red has confirmed sponsorship of a new mentorship programme for military/veteran spouses, through Recruit for Spouses’ Career Academy – reinforcing its ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces. The sponsorship enables military/veteran spouses and partners to have direct access to mentors, who will provide valuable advice, feedback and encouragement in their path back to the workplace.

The programme will be managed by Recruit for Spouses’ Career Academy – the social enterprise community interest company (CiC) designed to up-skill and encourage military and veteran spouses or partners considering their next professional steps. The Career Academy and Virgin Red come together with a shared focus, collective interest and expertise in working with individuals to provide valuable professional support.

Military/veteran spouses and partners can struggle to find a consistent career path whilst supporting their partner with their Armed Forces career. This can be as a result of frequent new postings (requiring relocation), extended career breaks or lack of childcare facilities. The mentorship program is designed to build an individual’s self-confidence, assist in setting and achieving goals whilst clarifying and enhancing career direction and advancement.

Kate Kendall from the People Team at Virgin Red, says:

“Virgin Red is committed to supporting the Armed Forces community and, having employed 14 British and Commonwealth military spouses since July 2020, it feels like a natural step for Virgin Red to now provide support for those looking to take steps back to the workplace. It isn’t just the military/veteran spouses who benefit from this, the Virgin Red mentors will be able to develop their own interpersonal skills and gain a sense of fulfilment, along with personal growth.”

The mentors will be recruited from within Virgin Red and include employees in roles such as; business development and portfolio management.

Kelly Best, Chief Marketing Officer at Virgin Red, says:

“The Virgin Red Recruit for Spouses team – known as the Reward Genies – have been firing on all cylinders and delivering an exceptional service since launching our new rewards club. We are thrilled to continue to support Recruit for Spouses in other ways and find challenging, interesting and fully flexible work for these incredibly talented people.”

Rebecca Hopwood, Coach and Mentor Programme Manager at the Career Academy, says:

“We are thrilled Virgin Red has committed further still to supporting military/veteran spouses. Our community will benefit hugely from the fresh, progressive approach Virgin Red brings to the table. The mentors are hugely focused and driven to provide the best guidance to champion our spouses and partners.”

Mesothelioma UK – Supporting our Armed Forces celebrating Armed Forces Day 2021


Mesothelioma UK is inviting members of the armed forces to join us on 24 June to raise awareness of mesothelioma within the armed forces and provide insight into the project, work, people and research that the charity has been conducting.

The agenda (to be confirmed) is as follows:

– Opening: MP Stephen Morgan

– Welcome and introduction: Liz Darlison, CEO Mesothelioma UK

– Armed Forces and veterans video

– MiMES report: research findings

– Phil Hall, Help for Heroes nurse: to provide insights into being an Armed Forces nurse

– Memorial showcase: Anne Moylan Mesothelioma UK Nurse

Click here for further information and tickets.

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