Re-training and new learning skills

The Veterans’ Foundation recognises that creating a clear support path for training and employment of ex-Armed Forces personnel is essential.

Making that transition from life in the forces to life as a civilian can be challenging for some men and women.

In addition to learning a new set of skills, many veterans can take years to adjust to leaving the safety, camaraderie and routine of service. Some may also be suffering from issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which employers may have little or no understanding of.

There are many excellent charities providing support and assistance in preparation for ‘civvy street’ across all sectors.

One such charity is High Ground.

Founder and Development Director, Anna Baker Cresswell, explained: “Service in the Armed Forces exposes personnel to working and living outdoors. The land-based employment sector offers an ever-increasing variety of opportunities for Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to use their transferable skills learned in the military to pursue jobs, careers and vocational opportunities and HighGround provides advice and Rural Weeks towards employment and fulfilment in civilian life. We are also proud to be providing a Horticultural Therapy service for patients at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.”