Helping veterans back to civvy street

Dec 7 2018

From today, a new online training course is available to help organisations support Armed Forces leavers transition to civilian employment.

Commissioned by Forces Connect South East and developed by Hampshire County Council and the Defence Medical Welfare Service, the training is designed to help organisations establish formal mentoring schemes. Recruiting managers and HR staff will be supported to create a smooth process for ex-Forces personnel entering civilian employment, helping them to adapt to new organisational cultures.  

Councillor Andrew Joy, Hampshire County Council’s Armed Forces Champion and Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs said: “Those leaving the Armed Forces often face a unique set of challenges on entering civilian life.  It’s important that any organisation seeking to recruit ex-Forces personnel is equipped with all the tools necessary to make the transition as easy as possible. 

“I am very pleased that the County Council has been able to take a leading role in the development of this training, working closely with the Defence Medical Welfare Service, a charity that supports members of the Armed Forces community in clinical pathways, including those who are leaving the service while still receiving medical treatment. 

“Service Leavers are a highly valued part of our workforce, both in Hampshire and throughout the South and South East. This training will provide an additional tool to help ensure the right support is available at the right time – making the transition to civvy street smooth and stress free.” 

The e-Learning course is free and can be accessed through the County Council website