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Military sets up helicopter task force to support NHS
Military sets up helicopter task force to support NHS
NEWS

RAF helicopters have been put on standby as part of a UK-wide coronavirus aviation task force to help support our NHS. As well as helping with the movement of personnel and equipment, the task force will respond to requests for medical assistance.

How are BFPO services affected?
How are BFPO services affected?
NEWS

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus affecting many parts of the world, the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) has implemented a number of changes across its global mail network, which will be in effect for several weeks.

Accident Free, Avoid A&E
Accident Free, Avoid A&E
NEWS

New campaign launches to ease pressure on the NHS

NHS Nightingale set to receive first patients
NHS Nightingale set to receive first patients
NEWS

Armed Forces personnel have been instrumental in the conversion of the ExCel Centre in London to a temporary field hospital, ready to receive the expected large numbers of coronavirus patients.

UK’s urgent quest for workers
UK’s urgent quest for workers
NEWS

From farms to supermarkets, here’s a brief rundown of the sectors seeking to hire more staff to meet rising demand for certain products and services during the coronavirus crisis …

Call for veterans to join Op RE:ACT relief efforts
Call for veterans to join Op RE:ACT relief efforts
NEWS

International disaster response organisation Team Rubicon is calling on military veterans to volunteer in the fight against coronavirus. It is currently working with the government to mobilise thousands of former Service personnel.

Flexible distance learning at Leeds Beckett
Flexible distance learning at Leeds Beckett
NEWS

Studying a distance learning course at Leeds Beckett University offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you are looking to pursue the career you have built in the Armed Forces, or if you’re currently preparing to leave and looking for a change, we have an option available. Our entry requirements are flexible too, which offers people with different experiences and qualifications the opportunity to pursue their desired path.

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.

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 …

£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 …

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 …

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
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
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
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
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
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
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