Volunteering can offer a way to gain experience and build a rich network. Here are a few ideas. Check back for more ...
Andy Lee explains the benefits of volunteering as a core element of a resettlement plan which include:
- Real, documented experience
- An invaluable network which may lead directly to paid employment
- Considerable investment in relevant qualifications
He also offers suggestions for start-points - where can you get a valuable volunteering role?
Recorded for and first played at Rural Careers Insight Day on 19 May. (Run-time: 9.20mins)
Ruralink has teamed up with the DIO ecology team and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to offer an educational and enjoyable day specifically for the military community to gain practical conservation experience. As well as learning to plant trees and gaining the satisfaction of planting trees which should grow where you plant them for decades to come, you will hear a talk on how conservation ecology is managed and learn of future employment opportunities in the sector both locally and nationally.
Contact Andy at email@example.com to find out more or to sign up.
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 couple of hours most weeks for a few months. You must be based in the south of England. Some expenses will be payable.
Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the low down.
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.
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. email@example.com
(Paused during Covid-19 period; restart date will be published once known.)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org