RURALINK works nationally with the agricultural, horticultural, land management and related land-based industries to generate and sustain career pathways for service leavers and veterans.
... for Businesses ...
We focus on helping individual businesses find and employ ex-military staff, including assistance targeting candidates with a specific skill-set, translating their CVs to understand their career history and supporting both parties to bridge any cultural gaps in the early stages of employment.
In 2020 we are particularly focussed on building strategic relationships with larger companies and professional bodies as well as building up our bank of partner businesses who wish to support service-leavers by offering work experience.
... for the Military Community ...
Wherever you are on your resettlement journey, planning ahead, actively looking for your new career or a couple of years into your new life on civvy street and wondering if there is more to life, if you value quality of life, personal fulfilment and making a tangible contribution to your community, farming, food production, land management and a whole host of linked careers on the land may suit you.
You already have the skills, technical qualifications and personality needed on the land and traditional and new roles are coming available every week. But breaking in can be difficult so we help you build experience and connections and support you along the way.
By sponsoring and facilitating The Rural List, we nurture a network of people just like you who benefit from meeting and supporting each other through resettlement and their follow-on career on the land.
We do not charge resettling personnel for our advice.
Established by former Army officer, Fiona Galbraith, in 2017, RURALINK is a growing group of experts who believe that military service-leavers are ideally placed to fill a wide range of increasingly technical roles on the land.
United by our own military experience and can-do attitude, we work in focus teams to bring the right blend of military and land-based experience to each project. And if we know some-one else who can help, we'll gladly introduce you.
In 2021, we plan to grow the team as we roll out a suite of bespoke rural business courses and re-connect regionally after a year of Zoom fatigue!
We were very proud to be awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award in 2020.
The Ruralink FARMERS Values are common to service-leavers and land-based businesses.
Veterans have all of these as they are closely aligned to the Values and Standards of all the Services.
Veterans are FORMABLE - Used to changing roles and location, they will prepare thoroughly and expect to start delivering real value within days of arriving in a new role. They are culturally aware and able to get on well in any team.
Veterans are ADAPTABLE - They will readily turn their hand to a wide variety of roles and cope well with changes at work. And they will bounce back quickly after any set back: in fact, they are likely to be the person who stays calm and sees the opportunity whilst others are still measuring risk.
Veterans are RELIABLE - They will turn up on time (5 minutes early) with the right kit, ready to work.
Veterans are METICULOUS - Coming from an environment where attention to detail saves lives, they will be thorough and "sweat the small stuff."
Veterans are ENERGETIC - Generally fit and healthy, veterans bring energy, a good sense of humour and an infectious desire to see measurable progress on the job.
Veterans are ROBUST - Rain doesn't bother them! And they can cope with periods of long or unsociable hours.
Veterans are SELFLESS - They work hard to get the job done and put the needs of the mission and the team before their own. They are quick to credit other team members for success and frequently use "We" where others may say "I".
In exchange for all this, veterans look for an employer who provides fair leadership, supports their career development and values each member of the team.
Rural businesses struggle to find reliable, robust team-players.
Over 14,000 highly trained personnel leave the armed forces every year, the majority with technical skills and qualifications which are a good fit for rural businesses.
Service leavers benefit from a resettlement package which supports a period of work experience and financial support for re-training up to five years after leaving.
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Ex-military personnel of all ranks are highly trained pragmatic problem-solvers, planners and creative thinkers, used to living with and managing change. They may not have a detailed knowledge of your business but they will certainly ask why you do things the way you do, make constructive suggestions for change and are capable of managing that change with you. Crucially, they have worked in an environment that expects collaborative planning but demands unity once a decision is made, so they will pull behind your business plan once in place, even if they advocated for a different direction.
We have a small core team who work remotely to manage the head office function. For each project, we then engage expert consultants, including ex-military wherever possible. This provides our clients with unrivalled expertise, cultural context and a direct link into the military community. It also provides the ex-military consultant with a “Gateway Job” from which each can go on to develop their own land-based career with us, with our client, or elsewhere in the industry.
We are developing a suite of "Gateway Courses" to support resettling personnel and their employers., whcih after significant programme disruption in 2020, we now plan to launch in 2021.
The Armed Forces Covenant is the nation's commitment to the military community in recognition of the sacrifices service personnel and their families make for us.
Fiona Galbraith signed the covenant for Ruralink on 23 August 2019. and we were delighted to be awarded the Bronze Award within days and then the Silver Award one year later. You can read our pledges here and and out more about the scheme here.