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Mind your own business!
Mind your own business!
ARTICLES

In the current difficult economic climate, self-employment can seem like an attractive option. Quest looks at the challenges of going it alone …

The perfect match
The perfect match
COVER STORY
Take one man’s flair and passion for rugby, add it to his skills in kit design and marketing, and what have you got? A pitch-perfect combination that has seen former Royal Signals SNCO Bob Lovell launch his own bespoke sportswear range – and it’s going from strength to strength
Neil Duddy
Neil Duddy
CASE STUDY
Having served in the Royal Engineers for five years, specialising as an Engineering Surveyor, LCpl Neil Duddy, left the Army in 2008 with a host of qualifications under his belt, including: HNC in Engineering Surveying, SVQ level 2 in Construction and Civil Engineering Services, and NVQ level 2 Security, Safety and Loss Prevention
Ray West
Ray West
CASE STUDY
Ray West, owner and director of RW Safety Solutions, originally attended the Vulcan Fire Manager course in 2001 before ELCs existed.
Preparing for redundancy
Preparing for redundancy
ARTICLES

Between September 2011 and January 2014 the MoD announced the various stages of its redundancy programme, due to take effect in batches over a period of several years as part of the government’s plan to cut the number of serving regulars from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2018. The MoD has made sure there is a robust resettlement process and a generous tax-free payment in place for all those selected for redundancy, to help make their transition to civilian life as smooth as possible.

Future perfect!
Future perfect!
COVER STORY
WO Dean Wood served in the RAF for more than 38 years, spending most of his time on the front line. Now a management consultant, with a side-line as partner in a mobile bar business, he is keen to share his resettlement experience with Quest readers – the motivation behind his decisions, the projects he’s become involved in outside the military, his continuing aspirations … and, above all, the importance of meticulous step-by-step planning in achieving precisely the desired outcome
I DID IT!
I DID IT!
NEWS

From Royal Navy engineer to super yacht engineer …

Positive benefits
Positive benefits
ARTICLES

Regular Quest contributor and ex-Army Training Regiment instructor, Ralph Straw, reports from the resettlement frontline on the importance of knowing when to put yourself first

Take cover!
Take cover!
ARTICLES

Providing medical cover for serving personnel comes under the responsibility of the MoD, but what happens when you leave? Peter Allen, former Royal Marines Officer and healthcare consultant, has the lowdown on how responsibility for care continues after active service

Helping Veterans build a brighter future
Helping Veterans build a brighter future
ARTICLES

The majority of Service leavers make a successful transition to civilian life, but not all of them. Leading provider of supported housing for Veterans, Stoll, helps those who are the most vulnerable, providing them with an affordable home to rent and the support they need to lead independent lives. This month we hear from Stoll’s outreach worker Sophie Brassington (pictured above) and Georgina, a Veteran who was housed by Stoll after leaving the Forces. him …

A successful new career – engineered!
A successful new career – engineered!
COVER STORY
Wanting to take his electrical engineering career in a different direction, former RAF Chief Tech Michael Harney hung up his uniform for the final time last September and is now working as a reliability maintenance engineering technician for the largest internet consumer company in world. He tells us how he planned his route and has plenty of sound advice for Quest readers too!
Get AHED …
Get AHED …
ARTICLES

… with an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Even if you think you don’t have the necessary qualifications for HE, the Diploma can help you get on to the courses you need to pursue a graduate profession. Take a look at our beginner’s guide to what’s involved …

James Pope
James Pope
CASE STUDY
Having enlisted in 1985, former Royal Navy WO1 James Pope, 48, left the Armed Forces in October 2016 because of ‘life aspirations’. He says that, ‘After 32 years and several high-profile jobs the challenges had started to dry up somewhat.
Richard Saunders
Richard Saunders
CASE STUDY
Following 22 years in the RAF, ex-Acting Wing Commander, Richard Saunders left in October 2015 to pursue a civilian career and gain a more stable work–life balance.
Bob Skivington
Bob Skivington
CASE STUDY
‘Leaving the Army and starting a new job or business is a difficult task. Gaining the correct up-to-date qualifications for your new job or business venture is just sensible thinking.
Inspiring independence
Inspiring independence
ARTICLES

Most people who leave the Armed Forces transition effectively back into civilian life, but not all. Stoll – the leading provider of supported housing for Veterans – helps the most vulnerable by providing them with an affordable home to rent and the support they need to lead independent lives. Here, former Lance Corporal Kofi Brempong tells us exactly what Stoll did for him …

Part of the union
Part of the union
ARTICLES

Regular Quest contributor Ralph Straw reports once more from the resettlement frontline, this time with some sound advice – learned the hard way, through personal experience – about why you really should consider joining a trades union when you make your own transition to a civilian career. Not doing so could cost you more than your job’s worth …

SARAH DAVIS
SARAH DAVIS
ARTICLES

Planning on hanging up your rank and uniform on Friday and sliding effortlessly into your new civilian career Monday? Think again! There is serious competition out there, says Sarah Davies, director of I Am Strong Coaching, and you need to be flexible, focused and fully ready to adapt to the demands of your new role

Making tomorrow independence day
Making tomorrow independence day
ARTICLES

Most people who leave the Armed Forces transition effectively back into civilian life, but not all. Stoll – the leading provider of supported housing for Veterans – is there for the most vulnerable. Looking for work in civvy street after serving in the RAF, Nicola Stokes found herself in need of their help. Here’s her story …

Fit for purpose!
Fit for purpose!
COVER STORY
With a host of transferable skills from his Forces training, a burning desire to break out on his own and the support of some very valuable mentors, ex-RAF Aerosystems Engineering Officer David Smith found himself well equipped to step out into civvy street as the owner of his own gym, CrossFit Spitfire

Training Courses See all

XS Training Ltd | Building - Electrical
XS Training Ltd provides Electrical Training Courses such as City & Guilds NVQ 2357 Level 3 in Electrical Installation and/or Electrical Maintenance which will enable you to apply for your contractors’ JIB grading (Gold Card).
Nationwide
ITonlinelearning | Computing & IT
If you are a member of the Armed Forces, or have recently left, we are ready to help you with your new career. Our Advisors can walk you through the process and tailor a study package to suit your skills and to assist you in finding the perfect career.
International, Nationwide, South East
Jelen Premier Wildlife Services | Deer Management
Jelen Premier Wildlife Services are the providers of the largest range of deer-related training courses in Europe, and one of the few Deer Control & Husbandry training providers in the country approved by LANTRA
South West
Skills4Stem Ltd | Administration
Skills4Stem is a Global Training Provider with a focus on providing international technical qualifications in Construction, Engineering and Project Management.
International, Nationwide
The University of Edinburgh | Education & Training
The University of Edinburgh offers a range of online courses that can be a valuable resource for academic skills and personal development. Explore our free short online courses, which are available to all or our portfolio of postgraduate online learning opportunities.
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
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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

Edinburgh Business School | Accountancy & Book Keeping
Edinburgh Business School is the School of Business of Heriot-Watt University. We have been delivering postgraduate management education to our students for over 25 years.
International, Scotland
University of Bolton | Computing & IT
You can join the 82% of former UK armed force members that find employment with the support of Greater Manchester’s No.1 university.
North West
ITonlinelearning | Computing & IT
If you are a member of the Armed Forces, or have recently left, we are ready to help you with your new career. Our Advisors can walk you through the process and tailor a study package to suit your skills and to assist you in finding the perfect career.
International, Nationwide, South East
Leeds Beckett University | Computing & IT
Leeds Beckett University provides degree and post graduate learning in many subject areas and most courses offer both full-time and part-time routes of study.
North West
University of Worcester | Coaching & Mentoring
The University of Worcester has a proven record of excellence in the field of sport and exercise science, with plenty to offer anyone who has an enthusiasm for sport, exercise and health.
West Midlands