EX-ARMED Forces staff and current military partners will be able to seek training and jobs support at Coventry College for the first time.
The city’s further education provider – which has around 8,000 young and mature students – has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a formal pledge of support to former and current personnel who have served in Great Britain’s Navy, Army, and RAF.
Carol Thomas, Principal and CEO at Coventry College, said: “The Armed Forces provide an invaluable service to our country and wider society, and as a College we are incredibly proud to show our support by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
“This is the start of an exciting partnership that is of mutual benefit. We can help Armed Forces personnel to up-skill to make the transition back into civilian life a little smoother, while also highlighting to our students and staff the benefits of supporting the Armed Forces to help bring through the next generation of serving personnel.
“The College has built up a strong relationship with the Armed Forces over the years thanks to a number of our public services students going onto forge successful careers there, and signing the Armed Forces Covenant feels like a natural progression.”
It will be working with two organisations: Career Transition Partnership, a free service supporting the employment prospects of all veterans, and Forces Families Jobs, providing free support to businesses looking to recruit family members of current military personnel.
The college will also help support the training and deployment of any of its own staff who wish to become members of the Reserves – serving as a member of the Armed Forces in their spare time.
And serving personnel from the Navy, Army, and RAF will be regularly coming to talk to students about a career in the Armed Forces, while Cadet units across Coventry and Warwickshire will also benefit from college visits.
The college has also pledged to support an Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 26, 2021.
Bobby Birdi, Regional Employer Engagement Director at West Midland RFCA said: “We are delighted that Coventry College have made pledges of support to the Armed Forces Community, particularly in seeking to employ service leavers via the Career Transition Partnership, and supporting their staff who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces.
“Coventry College have already shown great support in advocating for wider awareness of the jobs and training available in the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, and we look forward to working with them to build on this relationship between the Armed Forces and the communities they serve.”