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19 November 2021 (Edition - Issue 42)

Employment, Training & Transition Support

Appointment of the next Scottish Veterans Commissioner

The Scottish Government is now recruiting for the next Scottish Veterans Commissioner and currently seeking applications from diverse and talented individuals with a good working knowledge of the veterans sector in Scotland and a clear understanding of the devolved public sector landscape. The post will become vacant on 1 April 2022.

The role of Scottish Veterans Commissioner is a crucial element of how Scotland seeks to support its veterans. Impartial and independent from the Scottish Government, the first Commissioner started in 2014 and since then great strides have been made in ensuring that veterans and Service leavers face no barrier to reintegrating fully into society.  From identifying solutions to the problems in finding suitable employment, housing, education and health care, to working alongside partners within Scotland and the wider UK, the role offers a unique opportunity to support and advocate for our veterans and their families. 

Further information about the role, remit and work of the current Commissioner can be found under the Home tab above.  If you would like an application pack or further details about the opportunity being advertised by the Scottish Government, please contact SVCRecruitment2021@gov.scot.

The closing date for applications is at 23:59 on 22 November 2021

Furhter information can be found on the SVC website: https://scottishveteranscommissioner.org
 

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We’re here to support Scotland’s adults in the world of work. We can help you plan and manage all aspects of your career – from finding and applying for a job, to reskilling and changing your career path completely. No matter where you are in your journey, we’re here for you.

Take control of your career | My World of Work


 
If you are looking for employment oppertunities within the voluntary sector check out the good moves website.

Goodmoves – charity and voluntary sector recruitment

How To Translate Your Military Skills & Experience into Civvy Language

 

You will have acquired a diverse and well-developed set of hard and soft skills from your service in the Armed Forces. From discipline and leadership to adaptability, excellent communication skills and the ability to get things done, you’ll possess many qualities that will be highly transferable to Civvy Street.

However, although you might have lots to offer, it can be difficult for employers to grasp the value of your military experiences and skills, and understand how they will apply to their business. So, it’s crucial that you take the time to ‘translate’ your skills, qualifications, military job titles and any military-specific terms into “civvy speak” so that employers can understand a bit more about you,what you have achieved and how you will add value. 

—> DOWNLOAD OUR FREE SKILLS TRANSLATION WORKBOOK

Education Support

Skills Development Scotland national webinar to support parents and carers with S2/S3 option choices

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a nationwide webinar to support parents and carers with S2/S3 option choices.  The webinar is on Wednesday 1st December at 6.30pm. 

Parents and carers can find out more about how to support option choice decisions, including the support and resources available from SDS. 

SDS Careers Advisers will be providing advice and there will be opportunities for parents and carers to ask questions during the session.

To attend this webinar please register here:  https://s2-s3optionchoices.eventbrite.co.uk

Funding & Financial Support
 

Grants from The Veterans' Foundation


The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to help veterans, qualified seafarers and dependants, who are in need.  The maximum grant is currently £30K, however, we also provide salary grants, which can amount 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 from now and through 2022 are as follows: 
  • 28 February
  • 20 May
  • 26 Aug

Housing


As part of an ongoing project, our volunteers at Housing Options Scotland are researching information about each of the different local authority areas in Scotland. This information is to support you as you move property, perhaps into a new area for the first time. Links to the different guides are found below and to the left. We hope they prove useful to you during your move.

Information and Resources

Welcome to Veterans-Assist Scotland

We recognise that for many Veterans and their families, some aspects of life after leaving the Services can be challenging.  With numerous Veterans’ organisations in Scotland, we understand that it can be frustrating to find just the right person to help with a problem.  And we know that whether you have been “in” for 3 years or 30 years, or “out” for 6 weeks or 6 years, problems will arise that could use some help.

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


The latest copy of the information booklet is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates


 



Operation Bletchley: Winter 2021 is open for registration

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is pleased to announce that Operation Bletchley: Winter 2020 is open for registration!

Fresh recruits are needed this winter to halt the Soviet influence in Berlin and Yugoslavia. You must walk 40 or 80 miles, crack codes and deliver the final message to Winston Churchill before it’s too late. Do you have what it takes?

Operation Bletchley is your codebreaking challenge. From 1st January your mission is to cover the miles, crack the codes and deliver the final message before time runs out on 31 January. You can take part from anywhere in the world using your phone, fitness tracker or a good old map.

Operation Bletchley: Berlin

Berlin. January 1949. Since the fall of the Nazi regime, Germany, and Berlin itself, has been divided into four zones, occupied by British, French, American and Soviet forces. Operation Plainfare is underway, but we need your help to beat the blockade. Your mission is to walk, or run, 40 miles across Berlin making contact with key officials and decrypting their coded messages. Can you crack the codes, and deliver the final message before it’s too late?

Learn more

Operation Bletchley: The Balkans

The Balkans. January 1949. Yugoslavia is in the midst of a civil war. The Serb Chetniks, aided by Axis forces are targeting our regional allies and Tito’s Partisans. Brigadier Fitzroy Maclean has trained Tito’s fighters, but while he is out of the country updating Churchill, we need a new pair of boots on the ground to liaise with Bletchley Park.  You’ll go undercover to arrange supply drops, organise attacks and gather intelligence in our fight against the Nazis.

Learn more

Good luck recruits

Agent A – Operation Bletchley HQ events@soldierscharity.org

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