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Enterprise Learning: gateway to opportunity
Enterprise Learning: gateway to opportunity
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In the second part of our new series on Enterprise Learning, Lt Colonel Ren Kapur MBE, CEO and Founder of X-Forces Enterprise and Chair of the Soldiering on Awards, tells us why enterprise skills are at the centre of everything she does. And, despite the current uncertainty we are experiencing, she tells us why Enterprise Learning should by no means be considered a luxury …

What is Enterprise Learning?
What is Enterprise Learning?
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Lt Colonel Ren Kapur MBE (pictured) is CEO and founder of X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) and Chair of the Soldiering On Awards. In this first part of our new series, she explains why enterprise skills are at the centre of everything she does – and, while we are experiencing the fallout from COVID-19, what exactly Enterprise Learning is and why it remains as important as ever …

A day in the life … Abi Thompson, project manager at SMD
A day in the life … Abi Thompson, project manager at SMD
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This new series takes a look at what it’s really like to work in some popular fields …

Resettlement is close to our heart …
Resettlement is close to our heart …
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So says Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the Forces Pension Society, who offers some personal reflections on his own journey through the resettlement financial planning process

SSAFA to support UK military community abroad post-Brexit
SSAFA to support UK military community abroad post-Brexit
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SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has been awarded a grant of £295,000 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to assist British nationals in countries across Europe after Brexit …

The Resettlement Grant
The Resettlement Grant
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Many of you will be leaving the Armed Forces with a Resettlement Grant (RG). The RG is a tax-free lump sum intended to help Regular Service personnel settle into civilian life. There is no stipulation as how you use it – you can spend it on beer if you like, but you need to remember that, if you take up another military post too quickly, you might have to repay some or all of it. In this short article Mary Petley of the Forces Pension Society explores the rules relating to RGs …

Useful contacts
Useful contacts
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Need to know more? Here’s who can help …

Are you eligible?
Are you eligible?
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Take a look at the ELC eligibility rules below to find out …

Claims checklist
Claims checklist
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Keep your claim on track with our step-by-step guide …

Digital infrastructure skills – delivered!
Digital infrastructure skills – delivered!
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Offering hands-on experience and the sought-after certifications and qualifications needed to enter the network cable infrastructure and data centre sectors (the digital infrastructure industry) – with opportunities to study remotely – CNet has educated thousands of Service leavers. Here, just a few of them tell Quest their stories …

Online lifelines
Online lifelines
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We are living through exceptional times, thanks (actually, no thanks) to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We know that many of you are currently confined to your homes, so we’ve put together some information we hope will help you access e-learning and entertainment opportunities allowing you to continue your studies, have fun – and perhaps learn a new skill.

Expect the unexpected
Expect the unexpected
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With the spectre of COVID-19 looming over both people and businesses, regular Quest contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man, revisits the unanticipated events that almost killed off his business, how he overcame them and his tips for keeping a business going over the next few months …

Where to work in 2020
Where to work in 2020
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Check out this guide to the current best-performing business sectors in the UK …

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?

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 …

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Learning a trade like locksmithing has long been a popular option for those leaving the armed forces; however with many companies offering varying standards of training choosing the right provider can be a difficult decision to make.
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Inspired2learn | Coaching & Mentoring
Are you ready to manage, lead, coach or mentor others in a new job role in ‘civvy street’?
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Train4All Construction Academy | Building - Bricklaying
Train4All Construction Academy was opened in 2008 to provide training for those working in or looking to enter into a career within the Construction Industry, with Mechanical Engineering and Welding coming on board with the Southwest WeldingAcademy in 2021.
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O’Halloran & O’Brien | Building - Carpentry
O’Halloran & O’Brien Ltd has established itself as a leading groundwork and civil engineering contractor in the South East of England, with offices in Kent and Surrey. With professional staff and highly qualified labour, we are able to work closely with our clients to provide competitive solutions to complex developments; providing engineering solutions and groundworks services.
South East
Woodward SHE Ltd | Construction
Woodward SHE is a family led SME based in Cumbria. We are a GOLD rated NEBOSH Learning Partner with an ELC average evaluation score of 96% (ELC provider number 4435).
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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
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
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
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
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.
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