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Blackpool Armed Forces Week cancelled 
Blackpool Armed Forces Week cancelled 
NEWS

Blackpool’s annual celebration of Britain’s Armed Forces has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How BFBS is supporting the Armed Forces and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic
How BFBS is supporting the Armed Forces and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic
NEWS

Military charity and media organisation BFBS will continue to try to maintain delivery of its services to entertain, inform, connect and champion the UK Armed Forces for as long as possible during the current coronavirus crisis.

Where to work in 2020
Where to work in 2020
ARTICLES

Check out this guide to the current best-performing business sectors in the UK …

Birmingham NEC and stadiums being considered as massive temporary hospital locations
Birmingham NEC and stadiums being considered as massive temporary hospital locations
NEWS

Birmingham conference centre, the NEC (pictured above), could soon follow in the footsteps of London’s ExCel Centre in being turned into an emergency field hospital to cope with casualties of the current COVID-19 outbreak

Army to turn ExCel Centre into new hospital with space for 4,000 coronavirus patients
Army to turn ExCel Centre into new hospital with space for 4,000 coronavirus patients
NEWS

East London’s ExCel Centre (pictured above) will become a 4,000-bed field hospital in a bid to deal with the current coronavirus crisis.

Military stands up COVID Support Force
Military stands up COVID Support Force
NEWS

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has announced new measures to put Service personnel and reservists on standby to support public services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak …

Britain could see biggest mobilisation of Army since Iraq War
Britain could see biggest mobilisation of Army since Iraq War
NEWS

Military units are looking at what contribution they could make during the current coronavirus crisis, with more than 20,000 Service men and women on standby, writes Deborah Haynes, Sky News foreign affairs editor …

Studying for a PT qualification throughout the COVID-19 outbreak
Studying for a PT qualification throughout the COVID-19 outbreak
NEWS

Study Active’s James Luscombe shares his latest blog post with Quest readers …

Veterans’ Gateway: here to help the whole family
Veterans’ Gateway: here to help the whole family
NEWS

A new film, ‘Pam’s Story’, launched by Veterans’ Gateway on Mother’s Day, shares the highs and lows of being the mum of an ex-Army dog handler …

Study Active to continue to offer ELCAS-funded personal trainer courses throughout COVID-19 outbreak
Study Active to continue to offer ELCAS-funded personal trainer courses throughout COVID-19 outbreak
NEWS

Despite all that’s going on, you can still study online and stay on course to qualified personal trainer status thanks to Study Active’s innovative approach …

In lockdown and thinking of a career in health and safety?
In lockdown and thinking of a career in health and safety?
NEWS

NEBOSH has launched a new health and safety career guide. Download it free of charge for valuable advice from 24 of the world’s leading health and safety thought leaders …

New Guaranteed Interview Scheme set to help Service leavers
New Guaranteed Interview Scheme set to help Service leavers
ARTICLES

Richmond Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012 and has since been committed to making it easier for Service personnel and veterans to access help and advice when they need it. Claire Withey of specialist claims solicitors Bolt Burdon Kemp shares news of its latest interview-related initiative …

£1,440 business opportunity for Forces leavers
£1,440 business opportunity for Forces leavers
NEWS

Get Licensed is currently offering to pay the £1,440 cost of training/qualifications for those with frontline military experience to set up in business as a training provider for the security industry – both to support those who have served in the Armed Forces and to raise standards within the sector …

On the road, in uniform and out
On the road, in uniform and out
CASE STUDY
As you may have read elsewhere on the Quest website, Veterans’ Gateway recently introduced its first ever branded truck, kindly sponsored by international haulage business, Marine & Cargo, which recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant. One of the first veterans the company has employed since signing is 329 Dvr Ian M. Crome, formerly of the Royal Corps of Transport. Here’s what Ian has to say about his journey …
Distance learning’s time has come!
Distance learning’s time has come!
ARTICLES

If you’re among the thousands of people ‘confined to barracks’ by COVID-19, don’t let it knock your plans off course. Thanks to distance learning, even if you’re in isolation or quarantine, you don’t have to abandon your studies. In fact, the enforced restrictions could offer the perfect opportunity to focus on picking up new skills and qualifications – without distractions.

CITB backs project helping Forces veterans enter construction industry
CITB backs project helping Forces veterans enter construction industry
NEWS

Former members of HM Armed Forces recently showcased their unique talents at a networking event hosted by Barclays Bank in Manchester. Project RECCE works with veterans and those getting ready to leave the Armed Forces, supporting them to pursue careers in construction.

Charity seeks wounded veterans for Long Way Up sailing adventure
Charity seeks wounded veterans for Long Way Up sailing adventure
NEWS

A Cornish charity has launched a campaign to find a team of wounded veterans for an ambitious 2,000-mile sailing expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats – and back …

Sign up to SSAFA’s family break in Exmoor!
Sign up to SSAFA’s family break in Exmoor!
NEWS

A special four-night break for military families with additional needs children is now taking applications …

Dealing with a hearing disorder
Dealing with a hearing disorder
ARTICLES

Service personnel are often exposed to loud, hazardous and noisy environments, says Ahmed Al-Nahhas, head of the military team at London-based law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp. Whether on the firing range, dealing with explosives, piloting aircraft, operating heavy machinery or playing in a brass band, there will be many situations where noise exposure can become harmful. If you’ve been affected, what can you do?

Ofsted praises SSAFA adoption service for support of LGBT couples
Ofsted praises SSAFA adoption service for support of LGBT couples
NEWS

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity celebrated LGBT Adoption Week with an Outstanding Ofsted report, which praised the inclusive nature of the SSAFA adoption service …

Training Courses See all

Batalas Ltd | Aviation
We were founded in 1962 and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in auditor training. Our courses enable delegates to learn new skills and knowledge whilst gaining a professional qualification.
International, Nationwide
The Business School (UK) Ltd | Distance Learning
The Business School is a first-class professional development provider, delivering the highest calibre of training to the highest standards. We specialise in the provision of learning and development to military audiences – indeed this was our driver for setting up the business in 2014. We are ELCAS, Cyber Essentials and ISO:9001 approved. The courses listed below all attract ELC and SLC funding, and there are specific mapped options for particular trades.
International, Nationwide
Animal Jobs Direct | Animal Courses
Animal Courses Direct (part of Animal Jobs Direct), is the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual government regulated animal courses.
International, Nationwide
Informa Connect | Distance Learning
The first transnational counter-terrorism online course to provide individuals, military and police, as well as public and private sector organisations with an understanding of the latest thinking on terrorism and homeland security.
International, Nationwide
The Management Development Network (MDN) | Coaching & Mentoring
MDN delivers bespoke qualification programmes in Management & Leadership and Coaching & Mentoring via distance learning for all levels of skills and abilities, from Team Leaders at Level 2 up to Strategic Managers at Level 7. The qualifications are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and help to translate workplace experience into recognisable qualifications that are known and valued by employers. We work on a 1:1 basis, supporting learners in making the most of their previous experience and translating this into current learning via a distance learning programme. For the more experienced managers we also offer the prestigious CMI Award of “Chartered Manager” (CMgr).
International, Nationwide

Latest Jobs See all

BAE Systems Saudi Arabia | AviationDefence StudiesEngineering - Electrical / ElectronicEngineering - Mechanical
When you’re considering working and living in Saudi Arabia, we appreciate that you’ll be taking all kinds of factors into account. The anticipation of discovering a new way of life is exciting and probably prompts many questions. BAE Systems has been present in Saudi Arabia for over 50 years. Over that time, we have successfully relocated many employees and we would like to give you a flavour of what they’ve experienced.
BAE Systems Saudi Arabia
Charterhouse | Sports / Fitness & LeisureTeaching / Training
The SSI is a vital member of staff and is essential to the smooth running of the contingent. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with knowledge of the cadet forces, military experience and an understanding of the G4 process.
COMBINED CADET FORCES – SCHOOL STAFF INSTRUCTOR SSI
Diversey - TASKI Technical Support Engineer​ | Facilities Management Health Care and Nursing Motor IndustryRetail
This role sits within the Technical Customer Services and you will be responsible for the service and repair of floorcare machines and associated floorcare equipment within defined OTIF and First time Fix targets and to the Customer’s satisfaction.
Diversey - TASKI Technical Support Engineer​
Bulldog Publishing Sales Exec | Sales
Bulldog Publishing Ltd has been established for over 20 years, with the sole purpose of providing forces leavers and serving personnel with up to date and accurate information on education, resettlement, and recruitment. Our market leading publications are well respected within the military community, and our readers play an active part in providing us with the feedback that keeps us at the forefront of military publishing.
Bulldog Publishing Media Sales Exec
Transport For London (TFL) | Transport & LogisticsTransport Management
The Compliance, Policing and On-street Services (CPOS) Directorate delivers integrated pan-TfL enforcement, compliance, policing, security and community safety functions in support of our transport priorities. We provide uniformed services across TfL, be it one of our circa 2,500 police officers or our own uniformed officers, we lead on workplace violence and aggression ensuring a pan modal approach to ensure our network is safe, and to support and look after our people who work in some of the most challenging environments
Transport For London

University See all

Wiltshire College & University Centre | Health & Safety
Wiltshire College and University Centre has a long association with the military and is a proud supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant.
South West
University of Hull | Health & Safety
Founded in 1927, the University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research.
Yorkshire and Humber
University College of Estate Management | Construction
UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment, with over 95 years’ experience of providing the highest quality learning opportunities. At any one time, we have more than 3,500 students from more than 100 countries benefiting from our qualifications taught by tutors with extensive industry experience.
International
Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London | Distance Learning
The Blizard Institute is home to a lively postgraduate community, and its Postgraduate Taught (PGT) programmes are led by experts and informed by the latest research. We offer courses both in-house and through Distance Learning, with The Blizard Institute having the largest proportion of distance learning courses found within Queen Mary University of London. We have a wide range of PGT courses run by several of our Centres within the Blizard, which focus on knowledge, theory, research methodology and practical application.
Greater London
Edinburgh Napier University | Distance Learning
Edinburgh Napier University can equip both Undergraduate and Post Graduate students for success in an increasingly competitive job market.
International