FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE OVER AN EXISTING BUSINESS

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Run your own Tennis Court Maintenance Business, Gloucestershire - Mentored

We have been approached by a gentleman who is actively seeking to start to hand over his business to the next generation.

He specifically wishes to consider ex-military personnel.


The business has built up a strong reputation for high-quality maintenance and refurbishment of privately-owned tennis courts. This is a physical, seasonal business working for exclusive clients in beautiful locations.


This opportunity would provide on-the-job training, business management mentoring and has plenty of scope for future expansion.  The current owner is ready to retire but will be available to mentor his successor for a year to ensure a smooth transition.


If you would like to be your own boss, working outdoors in the spring and summer,  get in touch and we will arrange and meeting with the business owner, which may lead to a one week trial period


Email fiona@ruralink.org.uk to express your interest or find out more.


This really is a fantastic opportunity. 

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Decoding experience and ...

... THAT FIRST JOB ...

#GATEWAYJOB

A Gateway Job is one where the values, skills and competencies you bring with you from your military career are of greater importance in the role than pre-existing knowledge of the target sector. These are therefore ideal roles in which to start a new career.

Ruralink is particularly keen to link service-leavers with employers offering a #GatewayJob.


VOLUNTEERING

Military personnel are generally not permitted to take on second jobs whilst serving, which can make it challenging to undertake work experience. In the land-based sector, there are countless opportunities to learn new, relevant skills and grow a professional network through voluntary roles. Ruralink Conservation Volunteers also provides a focus for service leavers seeking volunteer roles alongside fellow resettling personnel.


CIVILIAN WORK ATTACHMENTS

This is a brilliant scheme which allows service-leavers to undertake a workplace attachment whist still being paid by the MOD. The hosting employer is responsible for ensuring the attached service-leaver's safety at work and for providing meaningful experience; the MOD is responsible for pay, accommodation and transport. Such attachments often lead to offers of employment but, where they do not, the experience, professional connections, potential refernece and CV entry can be invaluable.

GATEWAY ROLES AVAILABLE NOW

NEW: General Forestry Worker (Training Available)

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LOCATION: near CHELTENHAM

Part-time (2-3 days per week with some flexibility).

Offered as either contract or employed (PAYE).

Ex-military specifically sought.

Essential qualifications: Basic cross cutting & maintenance certificate.

Desirable: Basic  tractor experience. 

Must be reliable and safety conscious.


"The rest can be taught!"


This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a large commercial farm with significant woodland and ambitious forestry development  plans for the next few years. 


You will be working with an experienced forester who knows the farm and will be supported to learn and develop in the role.


PAY: negotiable dependant on experience and contract type.


CLEAR ROUTE TO A PERMANENT FULL-TIME JOB


Apply via jobs@ruralink.org.uk


(Date posted: 12 Nov 2019)

ANAEROBIC DIGESTOR PLANT AND CROP STORES OPERATOR

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LOCATION: CROPWELL BISHOP. 

SUITABLE FOR: An individual looking for their first role in arable.

CAREER POTENTIAL: This is  a gateway role which offers a fantastic learning experience. From here, either progress within the farm business or go on to further training or related work to build a career in commercial agriculture.

EMPLOYER QUOTE: The role offers a great deal of satisfaction for the right candidate  with the opportunity to develop skills and qualifications. As the  candidate progresses in the role there will be increased autonomy.

PAY: £28k plus overtime

DETAILS: https://web.imployable.me/ or jobs@ruralink.org.uk

GRAIN STORE OPERATOR

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LOCATION: CHELTENHAM

SUITABLE FOR: A junior logistics operator with telehandler experience and an interest in agriculture and/or science.

CAREER POTENTIAL: This is  a gateway role with a forces-friendly family company who are pushing technological and logistics development within the grain sector.

Either progress within the business or potentially take the experience gained here into a grain producer or analyst role to start developing  a career in commercial agriculture.

EMPLOYER QUOTE: The job would suit a sensible, mechanically minded person who is able to deal with numerous farm machinery.

PAY: negotiable plus vehicle

DETAILS: jobs@ruralink.org.uk

DAIRY FARM WORKER

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This is a gateway role which will provide a real exposure to the way the dairy industry works. Either develop within the business, or move on to further training and develop a career leading to farm manager.

SUITABLE FOR: An individual looking for part-time or full-time work and who likes routine.

CAREER POTENTIAL: 

This is a geatway role whcih will provide a real exposure to the way the dairy industry works. Either develop within the business, or move on to further training and develop a career leading to farm manager.

EMPLOYER QUOTE: One of the family is ex-Army who works part-time on the farm and is also  a Physical Trainer; he is very happy to talk to interested candidates  before they formally apply.

PAY: £8.50 per hour

DETAILS:  jobs@ruralink.org.uk

JOBS REQUIRING SOME EXPERIENCE

TREE SURGEON TEAM LEADER

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  TREE SURGEON TEAM LEADER

· A tree surgery business based in Aldershot requires a Tree Surgeon Team Leader to manage a team of three. As well as leadership experience you will have several years as a "climber/tree surgeon" with appropriate climbing and tree-felling qualifications and (ideally) you'll have a military background.

· The role is central to the effective management of tree surgery and related jobs, both on and off-site. You will be able to coordinate activities, to plan ahead and adapt to changing situations delivering a high standard of service for customers at all times.

· You will be an effective team leader and problem solver, used to dealing with subcontractors, equipment and agencies to see a project through successfully to completion and within budget. 

Offered by After The Military.

Download full job spec below.

Please mention Ruralink in your application.

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ten year farm tenancy (MILITARY PREFERRED) - HEREFORDSHIRE

Offered by the Buchanan Trust to a military tenant

The Buchanan Trust is a veterans charity based in Bosbury, Herefordshire who are seeking a military veteran to take on a ten-year tenancy of their 700 acre mixed farm. They will support a member of the military community through the tenancy bid process and provide further mentoring as required.


The trust was established after WW1 specifically to benefit veterans but has struggled to attract ex-military tenants in recent years. The farm's three smaller holdings were therefore consolidated a few years ago, including significant investment to achieve  Red Tractor Assurance, and run in-hand as a commercial venture. However, the charitable purposes were judged not to be being achieved and the trust is therefore once again seeking a military tenant.  This is a life-changing opportunity for the right person (or family) but should not be approached lightly - it will be hard work but could be very profitable  - as well as satisfying!


DOWNLOAD THE FARM SPECIFICATION HERE


Find out more about the Buchanan Trust HERE.


Do contact the Buchannon Trust directly with any questions or to arrange a visit. If you require support in considering whether such a move is right for you, or whether you are qualified, do email fiona@ruralink.org.uk


THIS IS A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY AND THE TRUST WILL BE FLEXIBLE TO SUPPORT THE RIGHT TENANT.


"We will positively discriminate towards veterans with the right qualifications."

Voluntary Roles

Reservoir and well. Volunteers restored the site as a dew pond to provide a water source for sheep.

RURALINK CONSERVATION GROUP PROJECT MANAGER

RURALINK is establishing a veterans' conservation group to offer volunteering opportunities and experience to resettling personnel wanting to move into the sector. If you are interested in working on this project - which will offer plenty of opportunity to develop contacts and gain experience on several conservation projects and look great on your CV -  please get in touch.

This would suit an individual of any rank/service who can spare a few hours most weeks for a few months. You must be based in the south of England. Some expenses will be payable.

FILLED FOR SIX MONTHS. NEW INCUMBENT SOUGHT FROM MAY/JUNE 2020.

FWAG Volunteering

Every Tuesday and Wednesday a group of volunteers, led by a professional, undertake water conservation projects in Gloucestershire, often using traditional techniques. If you would like to gain some experience of coppicing, faggoting, dry stone walling, river-bank improvements, dew pond management and much, much more, get in touch. fiona@ruralink.org.uk

Rural Conservation Skills (nationally)

A brief online search for the area in which you intend to resettle will produce several groups with whom to volunteer, often with expenses paid and gain skills and experience - and a network - which will help you find professional opportunities and give you invaluable content for your CV and experiences and knowledge to set you up for a confident interview.


This page from the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will give you an idea of what you should be looking for.

WORK EXPERIENCE AND VOLUNTEERING

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Conservation management and skills training and experience building

The Farmers Wildlife Advisory Group - South West (FWAG-SW) is a real friend to the military community. FWAG understands that your CV needs to have experience built in and will try and give you the roles you need to work towards the qualifications and roles you want to gain.

They routinely host resettling personnel on work experience or in their volunteer programmes at the skills level or in supervisory roles (once sufficient experience has been gained).

This opportunity is compatible with GRT.

If you want to know more, please contact Fiona directly: fiona@ruralink.org.uk