More than 80 businesses and service providers will be offering advice and support to service personnel planning their futures post military career this spring. The South West Armed Forces Transition Fair will be held in Tidworth Leisure Centre on Wednesday 23 March 2016.
There will be more than 80 stands at the event including a large number of local employers looking specifically to recruit service leavers, veterans or spouses. There will also be stands providing information and advice on local charities, welfare agencies, health, housing, training and education opportunities.
Concise one-to-one personal coaching sessions will be available to help individuals address changes in career, life and health & welfare. These sessions will be free of charge and confidential.
The fair is free to attend and open to all service personnel & their families, as well as service leavers who are encouraged to attend.
HQ 1 Artillery Brigade & South West, with support from Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council & Career Transition Partnership are organising the event. Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council chairs the Military Civilian Integration Partnership Board which is supporting the event. She said: “We are proud of our long-standing tradition of supporting the military community and this extends beyond the time when they are in active service. Service personnel leave the armed forces with a range of valuable skills and expertise, as well as an admirable work ethic. This event is an opportunity for those leaving the military to consider settling in Wiltshire with all the economic opportunities it can offer and a chance for local businesses to employ skilled individuals from our armed forces community.”
Transition is the planning & preparation carried out prior to resettlement to allow service personnel and their families to plan for a successful military career and to prepare for their return to civilian life.
This includes individual planning and personal development and taking personal responsibility for their financial circumstances, so when they leave the armed forces they are financially prepared. It is also about taking every opportunity offered by the military to enhance their education and training – obtaining qualifications and civilian accreditation to give them the best possible chance of securing the best job on leaving the army.
Transition is the through-career offer of support, advice and education that supports personal development, focused on the five pillars of employment, education, health, housing & welfare.