The reasons behind over 20,000* personnel leaving the British Armed Forces each year will vary but often comes down to wanting to spend more time with their family. For this very reason, it is crucial they retrain in a career that gives them job security, uncapped earning potential and good working hours. The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) provides resettlement services and works with companies like us at Absolute Enforcement and our sister Company, EndeavourUK, to help us positively champion the recruitment of individuals leaving the military through retaining schemes like the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC). Leaving the Armed Forces can be very daunting for individuals whatever role they are leaving it is likely that the lifestyle was very regimented and could even of involved fighting on the front-line.
Why the Enforcement and Security Sector is so well matched with Military Personnel
We asked our Director’s Scott Foord and Chris Lucas-Jones their thoughts on why a career within the enforcement sector is so well matched to those experienced military personnel looking for a completely new career on ‘civvy street’!
After leaving the military himself, Scott has forged an extremely successful civilian career in enforcement and security and is passionate about making sure Enforcement Agents not only work within the law, but also improve the reputation of the bailiff, which is one of the world’s oldest professions. Scott regularly delivers upskilling Enforcement Training and Level 3 Enforcement Training for ex-Military personnel and offers additional mentoring support for all those looking for a career in enforcement through a very successful dedicated training Company called EndeavourUK.Scott says: “At Absolute Enforcement, we need Enforcement Agents that can work independently once they are trained to our standard which is why ultimately, we prefer to train ex-Military for our business. Having gone through this process myself, I know that there are many transferable skills from ex-Military to becoming an Enforcement Agent. As we are growing so rapidly, it is key that we recruit new Enforcement Agents that have a Military background and already have these skills so they can start on the ground running! We are very fortunate that my partner’s business EndeavourUK has such a solid training background and an extremely positive relationship with ELCAS”.
Chris has a wealth of experience gained within the Enforcement & Security Industry which has led to Chris developing the only Level 3 Court Enforcement Agent Endorsed Training Course within the UK. The course was designed to specifically lift the quality and improve the standards and consistency within the Enforcement industry. The Enforcement Industry is saturated with Companies claiming they are the best. However, they are often poorly run, with no focus on training individual agents and only review agents based on results rather than the way they have achieved their results often leading to a poor reputation and negative press coverage. Chris is very keen to change this which is why, every agent Absolute Enforcement recruit, will attend the Level 3 Certificate for Enforcement Agents (Bailiffs) Taking Control of Goods Course and receive ongoing mentoring support, including help with their Court Certification Process and on the road training through his other Company, EndeavourUK.We asked Chris what are the exact benefits of becoming an Enforcement Agent:“Becoming an enforcement agent is an interesting and rewarding job that allows you to take part in the justice system. It provides a varied and interesting career and enables you to be your own boss and work on a freelance basis independently or, if you would prefer more job security, work for Enforcement Company like Absolute Enforcement Limited. Each day is different and uses a variety of different skills to negotiate and manage difficult situations. You have to have compassion and be able to quickly identify the best solution for both the client and also the person who you are about to enforce on!”
Here, Scott and Chris share their thoughts on how Military Service Leavers or in fact, existing serving personnel who are thinking of leaving, can fine tune their CV for this daunting transition into a more sedate, less structured civilian career.
Transferable SkillsFirstly, we would recommend identifying the transferable skills. For a start, we know that the majority of those transitioning out of the Armed Forces are highly skilled, highly motivated, highly trained and highly disciplined. But how can individuals demonstrate these transferable skills without portraying a more negative image of being stuck in your ways, only able to operate effectively within a regimented military environment.
No matter what role you had in the Armed Forces, it is extremely likely you have had experience in motivating and inspiring others to directly follow your vision or decision. This exceptional ability to delegate, motivate and communicate is the most important objective in any job and the one skill that is likely to see you rise to the top of whatever your new chosen career may be.
Work as a team
Of course, this is a necessity when working on the front line whether you are the regiments doctor or resident chef you are crucial cog in a well-oiled machine.
Strong work ethic / Dedicated to get the job done
You cannot let the side down. You are trained to leave no man behind. This skill is vital to any Company to achieve its goals.
Probably one of the most important skills within the Armed Forces, you need to be able to think on your feet and very quickly identify who is affected; what is affected; when did it occur; where is the problem and why it occurred. By acting quickly in this environment you can save lives. But this skill is very much transferable into Civilian roles like Court Certified Enforcement Officers (Bailiffs); Paramedics and other Emergency Service roles and Customer Services roles where the element of danger is removed but you still have to resolve customer issues speedily.
Work well under pressure
To be on the frontline whether you are in the Armed Forces or our Emergency Services you have to be able to do your job under extreme pressure so it is a given that you are going to have some experience in coping with pressure.
Attention to detail
I hate to say it, but paperwork and processes are much more part of the civilian working life than in the Armed Forces. You need to have your eye on the ball and minimise mistakes as this is how you will be evaluated in ‘the outside world’.
These are just 6 of the very many transferable skills that you have acquired during your career within the Armed Forces. Whilst some of the situations that you face may be very specific to life in the Armed Forces, the capabilities and competencies that you have used in your career to date will be very relevant to many different industries, in particular those roles where you need to ‘think on your feet’ and make the right decision for the situation that you are in.
Rethink your CV
So you’ve identified your transferable skill set and now you need to detail them in a positive way on your CV. While you may have used specific terms, acronyms and ‘jargon’ in the military, this will not be well-received to your civilian hiring managers.
For example, your last role was Field Artillery Battalion Operations Officer. While this is an easily identifiable role within the military, unless you are targeting positions within the government, you will need to reword this to Operations Manager or Supervisor and then be clearer about this role, Soldiers become ‘staff’ or ‘employees’; Radar becomes electronic communications system and so on.
This may make your CV look rather light and less focused. You can improve it by adding in any budget figures; numbers of soldiers (now employees) you managed recruiters love hard numbers and achievements.
Finally, remember to play up your achievements. Typically, Military performance evaluations can be a great source however, remember, these need to be translated as well. If you have a medal or commendation you need to say what that was for – leadership; exemplary performance etc.
While transitioning back to civilian life can be daunting in itself, transitioning back to the workforce need not be as long as you get your CV written and styled correctly.
It is important, at this point, to mention that the link between Absolute Enforcement and EndeavourUK also has another benefit – ELCAS funding.
The MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.
EndeavourUK are a registered learning provider for the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) so if you are considering your options for a new career outside of the Armed Forces, then get in contact with Scott or Chris via firstname.lastname@example.org. The team can help you apply for ELCAS funding and you can even do the training whilst still employed by the British Armed Forces. To find out when the next Level 3 Certificate for Enforcement Agents (Bailiffs) Taking Control of Goods Course is running visit www.endeavourUK.com/upcoming-courses.
If you are serious about leaving your current position in the Armed Forces or have already left and have yet to find the right career for you and your family. Contact Chris or Scott to discuss whether you have the right skill-set to become part of our fast-paced, ambitious and rapidly growing Company in the UK providing you with job security, a great working environment, good family-orientated working hours, uncapped earning potential, full Level 3 training and ongoing support from Chris and Scott.
Chris and Scott often attend Resettlement Events and they will be at the next British Forces Resettlement Event at Aldershot want to know more visit https://www.bfrss.org.uk/Events/January-2018/National-Employment-Careers-Fair-Aldershot.aspx
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