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Distance learning’s time has come!
Distance learning’s time has come!
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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.

Dealing with a hearing disorder
Dealing with a hearing disorder
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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?

‘Wish I’d done it years ago’
‘Wish I’d done it years ago’
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University of Cumbria nursing graduate Derrick Tyson says he has no regrets about leaving the Forces to take a new direction – indeed he wishes he’d changed career years ago!

We’ve got employee support in our sights!
We’ve got employee support in our sights!
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… so says Jacobs, which aims to be very much more than a global professional services company with a huge international presence. In the UK it’s carrying out major projects including HS2 and Crossrail, but at the individual level it’s also doing a great deal to support its ex-Forces employees …

‘I just feel overwhelmingly lucky’
‘I just feel overwhelmingly lucky’
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… so says Terry Cyrille, who approached Stoll in 2019 in need of help. He now lives at the Sir Oswald Stoll Mansions in Fulham.

Specialist support for job seekers
Specialist support for job seekers
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A new initiative that sees RFEA confirmed as lead partner for The Royal British Legion’s employment support programme is set to help thousands of ex-Forces personnel and their families in civilian life

Running your own business: Get some help
Running your own business: Get some help
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Imagine arriving at your new posting and there’s no one to hand over to you. Your phone is already ringing and people are asking you questions you can’t answer. You have reports to write, deadlines to meet and not a clue how to do most of it. That’s exactly how starting a business can feel, says regular Quest contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man, and he has a few ideas as to what you can do about it …

‘Sorry, no stereotypes!’
‘Sorry, no stereotypes!’
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Transitioning to the civilian workplace on leaving the Services is now about much more than stereotypical roles such as security guarding or taking a conventional ‘trade’ with you (useful as these still are), says Claire Withey of Bolt Burdon Kemp. And, when it comes to 21st-century resettlement, she’s keen to emphasise the current breadth of skills the ex-military have to offer potential employers

Get on course to a smoother transition
Get on course to a smoother transition
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Your time in the Forces is likely to have been an all-consuming career experience. Despite that, you may yet have many years ahead of you in the workplace, which means it’s important to make the most of the resettlement options open to you. This five-step guide will help you to plan …

Career Coach: your first step on the path to a new job?
Career Coach: your first step on the path to a new job?
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Most adults returning to study choose programmes based on their career goals. Now, for the first time, Career Coach helps users search for Access to Higher Education Diplomas linked to their chosen careers, highlighting the skills and knowledge needed to enter particular job roles and industries

Networking for knowledge
Networking for knowledge
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The word ‘networking’ provokes a Marmite-like response: people either relish every opportunity or shy away from it entirely. Whether you are still serving, already in employment or embarking on starting your own business, you will undoubtedly acknowledge that connections are the vital ingredient to success.

From Armed Forces to civilian life – change your career with NEBOSH!
From Armed Forces to civilian life – change your career with NEBOSH!
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Stepping into civilian life and finding a whole new career path can be challenging. However, for four Service leavers, this was made much easier with a NEBOSH qualification to their name. Here they tell us about the impact NEBOSH qualifications have had on their new careers …

Pants on fire?
Pants on fire?
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You can’t get away with little white lies on your CV any more, says author and careers advice expert, Edd Williams. Here he shares his extensive experience of working on more than 100,000 CVs over the past decade, in light of survey results which revealed that three in five employers have rejected a candidate for lying on their CV

All I want for Christmas …
All I want for Christmas …
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… well it wasn’t this, says regular Quest contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man. Freezing wind-tunnel conditions, snow falling and the light fading. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!

Power up your HE options
Power up your HE options
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Throughout your Service career you will have been continually focusing on reskilling and upskilling, but you might need higher-level qualifications or want to try something new and change direction when you make the transition from Service life. The Access to HE Diploma could be just what you need …

Want to know where to work?
Want to know where to work?
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Check out this guide to the best-performing business sectors in the UK

Prepared to succeed
Prepared to succeed
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Now working as technical developer with CNet, Clint Sherratt’s time in the Forces saw him work hard to accumulate skills and qualifications that he knew would stand him in good stead on leaving …

The future is soft
The future is soft
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Employment patterns are changing, nowadays a job for life is rare and it is expected that in future it will be normal to change career many times during your working life. Do you have the skills to succeed in this new world of work?

Working for the wounded
Working for the wounded
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The Scar Free Foundation recently announced its conflict wound research priorities and launched a call for pilot studies to address these vital areas. If you or someone you know has been affected by this issue, read on to find out about the valuable work of this very special organisation – and some of those it has already helped

Fully charge your future
Fully charge your future
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Become an electric vehicle charging point installer in one of today’s fastest-growing industries

Training Courses See all

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
Wessex Business School | Management and Leadership
Maximise the benefits of your experience and training To succeed, businesses need leaders who bring new perspectives, new thinking and new ideas. Leaders who have the skills and knowledge to manage in an uncertain world and challenge convention.
Nationwide
Deltar Training Solutions | Management and Leadership
Deltar-TS training courses have been built on the experience gained in managing complex security operations across the world. We understand the value of effective training and accredited certification, and are committed to opening the door to professional development to anyone and everyone who shares the appreciation of the benefit that internationally accredited training can bring, on both a personal and professional basis.
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.
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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
Mid Level Java Developer | Computing & IT
We are looking for a focus purely on Java skills - we need to make sure they have commercial experience and evidence of what they have done in their previous role.

University See all

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
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
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
Royal Agricultural University | Agriculture & Farming
The Universty is a publicly funded Higher Education University with degree awarding status providing a wide range of courses at all levels Certificate, diploma, Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate both taught, MSc and MBA and Research PhD in a large number of specialist options
South West