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Telecommunications - Despatches
Duke of York visits BFBS
His Royal Highness The Duke of York KG has presented service medals during a visit to the headquarters of the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) in Buckinghamshire. As Patron of the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC), His Royal Highness also had a tour of the studios to meet the British Forces News team and staff from BFBS TV and Radio. The Duke of York congratulated the workforce at Chalfont on their recent award of a new ten-year contract to continue to deliver Forces broadcasting overseas and in the UK.
Speaking to the medal recipients and their families, His Royal Highness said: ‘Thank you very much for all the service that you give and provide. It’s a great pleasure to present you with these accumulated service medals and, for those of you who have been in Afghanistan, thank you very much indeed. And for the families – they can’t do this without your support, so thank you for what you do because it’s just as important.’
The Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 was presented to Broadcast Technicians Prem Gurung and Indra Limbu as well as Broadcast Engineer Mark Allwood. BFBS Radio Presenters Gini Carlin, Simon Guettier and Mike Howarth received the Operational Service Medal with Clasp for Afghanistan. The Operational Service Medal with Clasp for Afghanistan was also awarded to British Forces News Producer Will Inglis, Logistics Supervisor Richard Tindall and Broadcast Engineer James Smith.
Chief Executive of SSVC, Nick Pollard, accompanied The Duke of York during his tour of the BFBS HQ. He told Quest: ‘It’s been great for us to have our patron here. As a former serving officer himself, he knows the value of Forces broadcasting and the effort that goes in to producing and delivering it worldwide. It was wonderful for our staff to meet His Royal Highness and to receive recognition of their work through the presentation of medals.’
BFBS is part of the Services’ charity SSVC, which includes – among other services – BFBS TV, providing up to 11 TV channels for Forces and their families worldwide; and BFBS Radio, available on DAB Digital Radio in the UK, on FM across the Forces world, on Sky Guide 0211, Freesat Channel 786, www.bfbs.com
and via the BFBS smartphone app.
Services resettlement to London 2012 Olympics fibre optics engineer
Former Cpl Rikki Davis
Rikki joined the Army Duke of Wellingtons Regiment in 2003 achieving the rank of Corporal Section Commander, and completing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2006 Rikki transferred to 216 Para Signals Squadron 14 Regiment electronic warfare Royal Signals.
On deciding to leave the Services in 2012, Rikki completed a number of ICT telecommunications and fibre optical training courses with CTTS Training. On completion of his training, he undertook work experience training with companies in his local area, which led on to employment on an audit contract for a regional communications provider.
CTTS Technical Services division, part of the CTTS group of companies that deliver telecommunications services projects worldwide, was delivering connectivity for all 35 London 2012 Olympic and Para Olympic Games venues and Rikki was invited to join the project team as a fibre optical engineer. Subsequently he was involved with fibre installation, termination and testing on a number of prestigious London 2012 venues across London and external venues.
Rikki has since formed his own company, RSD Telecommunications Ltd, and is enjoying great success having left the Forces in July 2012.
See the advertisement on page 38
Thinking of a career in telecoms? Think CTTS
The CTTS Group has been providing resettlement training and recruitment services to Armed Forces Service leavers from all three Services and of all backgrounds for more than 18 years. The Professional Telecommunications Qualifications we provide are all ‘street credible’ and ensure Service leavers have the skill sets required for the digital revolution currently taking place across the globe. On completion of their training, our unique ‘after-care’ service ensures the Service leaver is provided with a civilian work attachment that is additional to any training they undertake. We then provide assistance with finding employment through our CV writing and job search lessons, as well as utilising our network of contacts within thousands of companies, from large multinational blue-chip organisations (e.g. Virgin Media, BT Openreach) to small local businesses. We also have our own Tech Service division, where we employ our ex-students and have them working for us on contracts such as the Olympics etc. Our services don’t end there, however. We stay in touch with the Service leavers, continuing to inform them of all vacancies we have across the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Most Service leavers don’t automatically consider a career in telecoms because they think they need to have some sort of technical background or ability, and so miss out on the opportunity for a long, rewarding and well-paid second career. This is not the case!
The training we provide is designed to teach people from all backgrounds and no previous technical experience is required. We have trained chefs, drivers, clerks, gunners, and many more. Please follow this link to see examples of those we have trained and placed into employment recently: http://www.cable-training.co.uk/BeenThereDoneThat.asp
We are proud to say that we have thousands of satisfied customers who have passed through our training centre, who continue to stay in touch via our recruitment service. Don’t just take our word for it, though: the ELC website has details of customer feedback and we currently have a 95% satisfaction rating!
Our company employs a number of ex-military personnel so we understand only too well how difficult it is to determine what to do when faced with leaving the Services.
Service leavers get one shot at resettlement and it is important they have the opportunity to consider every option available to them. Making the decision on a second career choice is a daunting experience and for that reason we encourage Service leavers to attend one of our Telecoms Sector seminars or arrange a personal visit to hear about what the industry has to offer and the excellent employment prospects available.
For further information contact: Colin Syme, Tel: 01522 880902, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at: www.cable-training.co.uk
See the advertisement on pages 40 – 41
The challenges facing HM Forces personnel seeking post-Service redeployment
It is an unfortunate fact that a large proportion of civilian employers fail to recognise that many of the skills and attributes possessed by ex-HM Forces personnel are extremely valuable and transferable. This has always been a challenge facing ex-Services personnel, but in the face of the worst recession in living memory it has become even more acute.
So how should you go about maximising your chances of securing civilian employment?
It is clear that, in the present jobs climate, the competition is intense and, in general, there are more applicants than there are jobs – especially in the traditional redeployment career paths in general management, personnel management, security, HM Constabulary, etc. However, this is not the case in all sectors – there are still areas where there are severe skills shortages, as listed in the table below.
Help desk support
Offshore and onshore oil and gas
Civil and structural construction
Offshore and onshore oil and gas
Electrical and electronics
Production plant maintenance
Offshore and onshore oil and gas construction and
Specialist security companies
Individual personal protection
Bomb disposal Unexploded ordnance clearance
Sports and leisure
Whichever industries or sectors you decide to target, the key issue is to ensure that potential employers understand that your training and skills sets are transferable assets. It is also important to realise that civilian employers will be unfamiliar with HM Forces jargon and its use must be avoided. There are many aspects of your training and experience in the Forces that you take for granted but are important to highlight to prospective employers. For example:
levels of personal fitness attained
staying cool under fire
It is also vital to understand the importance of a good CV and the necessity of a strategic approach to marketing yourself. You have to stand out from the crowd in order to get interviewed and secure a job.
This is where PrimeCandidate can help you. It offers a highly professional, bespoke online CV writing and posting service. Your CV is the most powerful sales and marketing tool at your disposal when searching for a new job, and should therefore be taken very seriously. PrimeCandidate will give your CV the edge it needs to get noticed. It comprises ex-recruitment and industry professionals with hiring manager status, and is in the best possible position to produce professional CVs and recommend CV posting locations. Social networking sites are fast becoming the resourcing tool of choice for many employers around the world. We can set you up on professional/social networking sites by creating a ‘fit for purpose’ profile page, attach your CV, generate connections and make suggestions for suitable groups to join. In short, we prime today’s job hunters into Prime Candidates for interview and selection!
You can order most of our services online at www.primecandidateuk.com
or to speak to us in person about your requirements please call on +44 01423 563750.
Telecoms training in evolving technologies and next-generation networks
The investment and growth within the telecommunications industry will continue to increase substantially, especially with the release of additional frequencies and spectrum in both the licensed and unlicensed sectors. This will be good news for engineers with wireless skills – and certainly for Service personnel who intend to stay in or move to the telecoms industry.
Next-generation technologies such as WiMAX and long term evolution (LTE) will roll out throughout the UK and across the world. Business and private users are keenly awaiting the advances in technology that will enable them to communicate faster and more efficiently, and 4th Generation (4G) certainly heralds a new breed of telecommunications devices and applications. New high-speed wireless broadband 4G networks will provide communications platforms and devices that will enhance the experience of all users.
It is said that LTE will be mainly an application/access-based technology and WiMAX providing backhaul for data-hungry applications – whatever the argument, one thing is certain: both technologies can and will co-exist. This will invariably mean that engineers with the relevant skills will be much in demand.
To help meet this demand, a consortium of industry and academic bodies have formed to develop and deliver recognised telecommunications qualifications. Wolverhampton University, which has a first-class Engineering Faculty, has joined with Ubi-Tech, a training company that has trained for companies including QinetiQ, Arqiva, Nortel, Orange and Vodafone, and Networks by Wireless, who are industry leaders in wireless communications, to assist Service leavers in attaining a rewarding and interesting new career.
To discover more about training, qualifications and employment opportunities, please see our advertisement on page 15
. Alternatively, call Rob Gardiner on 07792 660794, or email email@example.com
Published February 2011
Reach new heights as an Omega engineer
Omega Solutions Group Limited builds light, medium or heavy communications infrastructure to produce network connectivity and network coverage. We work for mobile operators, local government and the private sector, operating throughout the UK and overseas, and are currently recruiting engineers who can work at height safely and with confidence. Most people walk to work: we need to climb to get to our place of work before we even start carrying out the day’s tasks.
Current work streams including the installation of microwave equipment technologies, transproving, decommissioning, surveying and the upgrading of sites to include 3G. We are a one-stop shop, including the reselling of hardware into the industry. We work alongside our training company, High Work Limited (a specialist in industrial access, rescue and resources), to ensure that our engineers are trained to the highest standards.
Engineers who show good aptitude and attitude are moved up the ladder to become team leaders and senior field engineers. Those that display the ability to project manage will be invited to join the office team. We are looking for team players who will use the skills they have learned in the Forces and adapt them to our industry.
Is there a downturn in our industry? Absolutely not. Can we get the right calibre of engineers? Absolutely not! We are not looking for Spider-Man or particularly technical wizards – just guys who can climb, are willing to learn and show that they can get the job done. As a company we are small enough to remain highly flexible. That’s why we are winning the work.
For more information, call: +44 (0)1737 824034, fax: +44 (0)1737 822679
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published November 2010
Careers and training within the telecommunications industry
Telecommunications, or telecoms, is a fastmoving, exciting and global industry, providing a wide variety of interesting jobs and careers. With growth coming from new technologies, new products, new services and new users, there are always opportunities available for those with the right skills.
There is a vast range of different careers in the telecoms industry, providing opportunities for new entrants at every level across a great many roles. These include fieldbased engineering and maintenance jobs, from radio and core network design and testing through to sales and marketing.
The employers offering these roles are just as diverse, and include network equipment and handset manufacturers, network operators, technical support services, software designers, emergency services, government agencies, retailers and so on.
The industry’s rate of technological advancement is simply amazing. Breakthrough, or ‘disruptive’, technologies are the norm. As allIP and 4G systems are beginning to be rolled out, we remember the excitement generated by the first digital (2G) systems only a few short years ago.
In order to keep pace with this technological advancement, telecoms companies generally provide good training for their employees. This is delivered internally and through external training companies, such as Wray Castle, which provide general and specialist training in telecoms technologies and markets through short courses.
So whether you’re leaving the Armed Forces or from a different background, the telecoms industry has an interesting and fulfilling career for anyone with the right skills and training.
Published March 2010
Choosing a new career can make any Service leaver perplexed. Do you want to start your own business? Does teaching appeal? How about close protection work? You want to make the right choice, but you may not know immediately what that is. Former RAF Regiment Sergeant Nigel Ellis had served in Northern Ireland, Kuwait, Iraq, Germany, Belize and the USA, and as an instructor in first aid, small arms weapons, and arrest and restraint at RAF St Mawgan's Survival School.
Before leaving he had trained as a close protection officer, intending work in the UK. But UK-based opportunities could be irregular, so he decided to look at using his knowledge and skills in the learning sector instead. Research showed that, to become a trainer, he would need at least the new Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector (PTLLS) qualification. It did not matter that he was already an experienced instructor; anyone who wants to teach adults now needs this qualification.
Having read about Gloucester-based training company Lynceus (see the advertisement on page 22), Ellis enrolled on their PTLLS course in January and qualified as a facilitator. Recognising his experience, the company offered him a Middle East training contract. Just back from his fourth trip to Kuwait, he believes that this 'was a good move, because not only did I get excellent training from like-minded people, I also got a job. The PTLLS course was invaluable too. At first, I couldn't see why an experienced instructor would need to be taught how to train adults, but PTLLS gave me a different view on how to teach and at what level to pitch a subject. It's different in the civilian world - you must establish the learner's needs and adapt your teaching style to suit them.
'I'm looking forward to returning to Kuwait and conducting my next teaching phase within the local oil sector. I now have great job opportunities with excellent pay rates, and in addition I still have the time and flexibility in which to enjoy my time off.'
Renewable energy training from MET-UK
Gas engineers and plumbers are the gatekeepers of renewable energy in the home. With massive government and public awareness of rising energy bills and green politics, there are many opportunities but few skilled people qualified to carry out the work.
The renewable energy installer course comes in two forms, a full resettlement option for complete
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