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Forces Media Academy Officially Opened by HRH The Duke of York

The first intake of students at the new Forces Media Academy met The Duke of York yesterday as he opened the state-of-the-art media facility.

Fifteen service leavers and veterans have just started the unique one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course at the Academy, which is run by the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC).

The Duke of York, who is Royal Patron of SSVC, spoke to the students during a tour of the Academy.

He said: “To provide a course like this, for either retiring or leaving veteran service personnel, is absolutely second-to-none.

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RAF Association launches search for 100th Flying Scholar

The RAF Association is opening its Flying Scholarship awards for the eighteenth year to grant six exceptional young people the chance to fly.

So far, 99 air cadets have benefited from the programme, with the 100th cadet due to be among the 2018 finalists. The best of the 2018 applicants will be rewarded with a course of 35 hours flight training in a light aircraft. Five ‘runners-up’ will receive 12 hours training each. The Flying Scholarship programme runs annually as a thank you from the RAF Association to members of the RAF Air Cadets for their continuous support of the charity’s fundraising.

All of the 2017 winners achieved solo flights by the end of their week of training.

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Blind Veterans UK comment on corporate partner Monarch Airlines ceasing trading

Blind Veterans UK wishes to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the Monarch Foundation for their charity partnership over the last two years.

As well as supporting the charity by raising money through a number of events and on-flight collections, the airline and the charity teamed up to deliver ‘sighted guiding’ training into Monarch Airlines’ cabin crew training programme.

The training raised awareness of the difficulties faced by vision-impaired passengers when travelling and advised the crew how they could make travelling a better experience for blind customers.

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Supporting the education of children from military families

The University of Winchester worked with SCISS (Service Children in State Schools) to host the South East SCISS conference. SCISS is an affiliation of the 6000 plus state maintained schools in England that have children of service personnel on roll. The SCISS National Executive acts as an advisory group to the government on issues around educational disadvantage and promotes good practice in the provision of education for service children.

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13th September 2017: OA Event – Project Management Workshop – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The skills and experience required to manage a project are common within the Forces and many individuals look to transition into a new career within Project Management when they leave, but what does project management look like in a civilian context?

What are businesses looking for in their Project Managers?

What qualifications do you need to be recognised as a Project Manager?

How can you optimise your applications for these roles?

This event is one of a series of career-focused workshops delivered in conjunction with employers which explore these questions.

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7th September 2017: North West Careers Access Fair – Manchester

Are you looking to settle in the North West and want to understand the employment opportunities in the region? Are you based in the North West and want to explore different options for your second career? This is the event for you.

Transport for Greater Manchester will be hosting the first Careers Access Fair for the North West at their head quarters in Manchester. Employers based within the region have been invited to attend and demonstrate career paths that are a good fit for Service leavers.

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11th September 2017: Carillion Vocational CV Workshop, Construction – Nottinghamshire

This event aims to inform Service Leavers of the best ways to tailor their CV in order to gain interviews for executive and management roles in the construction industry. The workshop will look at the importance of highlighting key skills, attributes and qualifications that will lead to employment within this industry.

The MD of Carillion Construction Services will open the event and presentations from two Operations Directors from the Building and Infrastructure divisions will follow. These presentations will cover some of the key things they look for in candidates.

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6th September 2017: External Event – JP Morgan, Ex-Military Insight Day – London

Now entering its eighth year, JP Morgan’s Ex-Military Transition Program is committed to providing a market leading opportunity to Ex-Military personnel.

Their events offer prospective candidates a comprehensive brief on the entry routes available to ex-military personnel across all ranks and Services; from their market-leading internship to their direct-hire opportunities.

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