Upcoming events

Working with charity partners and providers to deliver networking and training events.

Open Day – Armed Policing

Date: Friday 10th or 17th September 2021
Venue: Blackrock Specialist Training Centre, Portishead, Nr Bristol

The Open Day is specifically aimed at Military Service Leavers who are interested in a career as a Police Firearms Officer.

This Open Day is designed to give you a complete overview of your transition from Service Leaver into the Police Service and onto your chosen Firearms career. A&S police will be presenting the core roles of Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officer and Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officer (CTSFO) through presentations, discussions, and a carousel  with officers to discuss on a more 1:1 level together with a look at the kit, equipment, weapons and vehicles in use.

BuildForce Armed Forces Insight Day hosted by Amey

Date: Weds 15th Sept 2021
Time: 1000 – 1600
Venue: Briefing Room, Building 143, RAF Cosford, Albrighton, Wolverhampton WV7 3EX (venue has free parking)

The BuildForce Insight Day bring together our nationwide construction employers and our Service Leavers and Veterans. This is a great opportunity for our employers and our military community to engage and discuss transferable skills, training, current roles, and pipeline. Find out more about what the industry has to offer and better understand roles available such as: Project Management, Designer, Logistician, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Estimator, Health and Safety Manager, Quality Manager, Trade roles, Plant Operator, Civil Engineering and supporting roles. A job in construction offers a range of professional careers and is accessible to all ranks and skill sets and offers real potential for career progression.

Agenda for the day:

  • 1000 – 1100: Registration & coffee Register at: info@buildforce.org.uk
  • 1100 – 1230: Guest speakers
  • 1230 – 1600: Employer forum (working lunch)

Careers Fair for the Armed Forces Community

Date: Thursday 23rd Sept 2021
Venue: Tidworth Leisure Centre, Wiltshire
Time: 12:00-13:00

This event will provide the Armed Forces Community (AFC) with a great opportunity to meet and network with employers. The event is in 2 parts:

– Face-2-Face (F-2-F)
– Virtually

The event combines real world services with technological and virtual solutions.

Attendees can access in-house information from exhibitors, F-2-F & Virtually.

These events connect attendees with exhibitors, giving access to exhibitors websites, social media channels, videos, jobs, courses, downloadable company information, it allows appointments, sending messages and viewing live and on demand webcasts.

HighGround Rural Experience Week

The Rural Experience Week at Bicton College is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust under their Positive Pathways programme.

Upcoming dates:

  • REW04 – 10th to 15th October

These weeks are designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of veterans

How to access

These courses are fully funded including travel to Bicton either by train or car. To register you must be referred by one of Highground’s referral partners, which includes our Employment & Education team.

For more info and to access this event, please get in touch with our Employment and Education team via email or phone: 01392 346429.

HighGround Virtual Rural Week 2021

The Virtual Rural Week (VRW) was developed in 2020 in the face of COVID-19 restrictions

Many aspects of a Rural Week, visits, hands-on and face-to-face interaction clearly cannot be replicated online. However, some subjects are already delivered by a presentation during a Rural Week and certain aspects of other subjects could be adapted to present online. Representing circa 70% of Land-Based Sector employment and self-employment opportunities.

A VRW typically runs from Monday to Wednesday three sessions each morning with breaks between each session. The presenters have supported the Rural Week programme previously so understand the information and detail Service Leavers and Veterans require. Equally they will take questions and provide advice.

Only a Pavement Away
Veteran Life Skills Hub

Only A Pavement Away is bringing its Life Skills Hub programme to veterans, where the aim is to optimise and harness the skills and competencies in preparation for veterans and military leavers, while developing their existing skillset in preparation for a role in the hospitality industry.

The purpose of the Only A Pavement Away Veteran Life Skills Programme is to help those that have left the military to gain the confidence to enter a new career within the hospitality industry. We aim to utilise their existing skillset to highlight the opportunities within a sector where they can thrive in their next career.


It will also be run in partnership with former senior military leaders who will be running teambuilding and leadership sessions to highlight the existing skills which will enable them to excel in a hospitality role. The programme will include sessions on the hospitality industry and the career opportunities within it, CV writing, interviewing skills the use of IT, guidance to the additional support that the veterans might need, and access to the Only A Pavement Away Jobs Board.