The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the official provider of resettlement services for those leaving the Armed Forces. The CTP delivers free resettlement services to all ranks of the British Armed Forces, and makes the transition from military to civilian life as smooth as possible. If you are leaving under redundancy terms it is expected that, in most cases, you will qualify for the Full Resettlement Programme and the service of the CTP. You can check your individual case with your Naval Resettlement Information Officer (NRIO).
The CTP offer resettlement workshops and briefings, and vocational training courses. They can teach Service leavers interview techniques and how to produce a CV. They provide assistance when researching the job market and when applying for jobs, and have their own on-line job finding database: RightJob. The CTP website lists upcoming Employment Fairs around the UK and has links to helpful resettlement booklets (including ‘Approaching the Job Market’, ‘Interviewing & Negotiation’, ‘Finance’, ‘Housing’ and ‘Benefits’).
A wide variety of training courses are offered through the CTP and may be paid for using your £534 Individual Resettlement Training Costs (IRTC) grant. Courses include: building, IT, engineering and management training.
Job finding assistance is primarily delivered through the Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) and Officers’ Association (OA) Employment Consultants. There are 24 consultants around the UK and one in Germany. The Employment Consultants have the ability to ‘connect-the-dots’ between military skills and the job market and have a unique understanding of what Service leavers are looking for.
CTP support is provided to Service leavers from two years prior to discharge, up until two years after discharge. Beyond this point, as a registered charity, the RFEA are available to assist ex-Service men and women with employment support throughout their working lives.
The Royal British Legion’s Civvy Street can assist with all your resettlement needs. They support those serving, Service leavers and Service families. They provide free support on a wide range of issues and can provide you with the necessary tools and knowledge for your transition into Civvy Street.
Civvy Street can provide advice on skills development, careers options, funding, training and starting your own business. Members have access to a library of on-line courses designed to improve your job prospects, and the website offers an online job search facility.
There is also information on the RBL funding schemes; the Be the Boss scheme helps those thinking of starting their own business, and the Employment Support Grant Scheme assists unemployed Service leavers, Ex-Services personnel and eligible dependants into work.
Forces Recruiting provides meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for former Service personnel by creating awareness of their transferable skills, qualifications and attributes among the wider business community in the UK and beyond. Click here to visit their website.