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It’s Armed Forces Day this Saturday, but we’re here for officers all year round…

This weekend celebrates the contributions made by the British military, including officers.

The OA continues to support the officer community, whether that is helping them to find new careers after leaving the Armed Forces or access welfare support when needed.

Richard Sanders is a former Major in the Royal Logistic Corps the OA Employment Team supported. He had a one-to-one career consultation in March with Lisa Jones, an OA Career Consultant who also previously served as an Army officer, which helped him to be job ready and successfully apply for a new role.

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3rd July 2018: OA Webinar – Opportunities in franchising

In this webinar we are joined by Edward Ross, the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Forces into Franchising. Ed will be discussing what opportunities are available to veterans within franchising.

Ed is a former Army Officer in the RDG. He left in 1997 and worked in London as a Business Development Manager and has set up and run his own businesses. He is now a full time dad.

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4th July 2018: OA Event – Consultancy Workshop – Bristol

Join the OA for a workshop day that will look into the skills and experience required to work within consultancy.

The day will start with an overview of consultancy, including a review of skills and qualifications.

This will be followed by a series of presentations delivered by those already working within consultancy from a range of organisations. The presenters will share their experience and give insight.

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5th July 2018: Two Roses Networking Event – Leeds

The Two Roses business networking group runs events in Leeds that bring together ex-service personnel in transition and those who have found employment in a variety of sectors.

The meeting will start from 6:30pm, at around 7pm there are a few short presentations to allow members to speak, explaining: what they do, how they can help and what they would like to be helped with (if possible). After this the group will go to general networking and if there is interest retire to a nearby bar.

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Research shows Service children to be significantly underrepresented at university

Service children’s experiences may often give them skills and attributes valued by universities, but research by the University of Winchester has shown Service children to be significantly underrepresented in our Higher Education institutions and the Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance is working to find out more. Following the Alliance’s work, the new Office For Students recommends that HE institutions should be looking at support for this group’s access and success at HE. The Service Children’s Progression Alliance has a growing network of hubs across the UK bringing professionals together to make sure this cohort are supported in their education and empowered to make an informed choice about their future.

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X-Forces Enterprise supported RMAS STEM Career Showcase

X-Forces Enterprise was honoured to be alongside The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), The British Army and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for a special Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Careers Showcase, which took place on Thursday 24th May 2018 at The RMAS. In attendance was the Rt. Hon Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence, People and Veterans; Brigadier Bill Wright, Commander and Lt. Col Deborah Taylor who was instrumental in organizing the event.

The Showcase event was a fantastic opportunity for girls from schools across the UK to see a wide range of STEM educational pathways and future employers.

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Barnardo’s to support the families of military detainees

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has been awarded a contract to work with military detainees based in Essex.

The Barnardo’s Essex CAPI service (Children Affected by Parental Imprisonment) will be providing support and advice to families of military personnel who are currently being detained at the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester (MCTC).

The grant which was recently awarded by the Ministry of Defence means that Barnardo’s will support families for the next three years.

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Veterans to Compete in OA Inter-Services Triathlon

To celebrate 30 years of the championship, special veteran teams will also participate this year.

The OA Inter-Services Triathlon sees some of the best athletes from across the Armed Forces push themselves to the limit in individual and team categories. Competitors will swim through 1.5 km of open water, cycle 41 km of tricky terrain and finish the course with a 10 km run. The Fire, Police and Prison services are also entering guest teams.

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