Why work experience?
Gaining in-sector work experience immeasurably strengthens a resettlement campaign.
Successful ex-military working across the land-based sector report that they incorporated work experience and in many cases undertook it instead of courses and qualifications.
Many opportunities are linked to potential longer-term paid employment whereas others are simply an opportunity for the resettling individual to immerse themselves in the target sector and learn. It’s a bit of “try before you buy” for both parties: better to do a short period of work experience and find out that it’s not for you or to spot a slightly different role than buy a house, take a permanent job and then find out it really is not for you!
Ruralink enables work experience directly and, if we do not currently offer what you are looking for, will endeavour to introduce you to some-one who can. In some cases, it may be possible for couples to undertake the work experience together.
How to get work experience?
The MOD/CTP has long supported “Civilian Work Attachments” (CWAs) but largely left it to individuals to organise them for themselves. Historically there has been a poor take up and Ruralink is keen to help individuals find such experiences. We have therefore spent recent months developing a network of like-minded recruiters, diversified farming businesses and other key partners to be able to offer work experience in a range of rural businesses. All you need to do to kick off the process is get in touch.
Opportunities now live
The following opportunities are available now with more being added regularly. In most cases the time commitment is a guide based on how long it will take to truly benefit from the experience but there is considerable flexibility in how this is achieved.
- Diversified Beef Farm with tourism – Dunbartonshire – 2-3 week block negotiable
- Conservation Management – Gloucestershire & Home-based – very flexible commitment
- Mixed livestock farming – Staffordshire – 1 week block negotiable
- Cereals processing and quality testing – Gloucestershire – 1 day with potential for more
- Land-management nationally - 1 week block negotiable
- Fruit farming - Kent - 2 weeks March - October
If you are interested in any of these CWAs or want to discuss a different opportunity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens next?
Ruralink will interview potential CWA candidates to agree objectives, dates, including line management approval.
Ruralink will then contact the potential host to confirm availability and suitability.
Ruralink will make an introduction.
Individuals and the host business will then talk directly by phone or video-call.
Ruralink will either arrange or support the arrangement of transport and accommodation.
Host business and Individual confirm to Ruralink they wish to go ahead.
Ruralink manages paperwork on behalf of both parties, including advising individual on how to claim travel and subsistence costs from MOD.
CWA takes place.
Both parties complete a very short on-line questionnaire to provide feedback on the process.
Individual and host business liaise directly for future references etc.
The individual will be asked to pay a small administrative charge towards Ruralink’s costs.