In July 2015, we took our one_for1 model one huge positive step further by teaming up with the British Army to improve the future employment chances of its wounded, injured and sick (WIS).
The Army recognised the need for a partner to provide a different kind of training; an immersive dive into digital skills, for those who were recently discharged, or who would be discharged in the following months.
It was hoped this would not only boost the confidence of the personnel embarking on a life outside of the Army, but also give them the right training to compete on a level playing field when transitioning to civilian life.
Since our first day-long workshop in July 2015 held at Colchester Recovery Centre and attended by 16 transitioning army personnel, we have (as of February 2016) delivered seven workshops in total to more than 92 servicemen and women in army recovery centres in Catterick, Tidworth and Colchester.
Each of these sessions has been funded from those attending one of our monthly VIP events and have allowed us to give back to those who served our country but could sadly no longer serve in the Armed Forces.
During each full-day, hands-on session, participants were taught:
- Code (Building an online CV using HTML and CSS)
- Understanding Social Media (As part of their personal profile but also from a business perspective – an important new skill for many as during their time in the Army many did not use social media for security and privacy purposes)
- The basics of Cyber Security (How to protect themselves online, be more aware of hackers and spot insecure WiFi)
- App Development (Coming with an idea and developing it from scratch into a working prototype)
The sessions showed that learning new digital skills can help to battle against the loss of institutionalism that comes when transitioning into civilian life. For some, the Army is all the attendees have known.
We’ll leave it to Angela Andres, an Aircraft Electrical Engineer from the Royal Air Force, to explain what the session meant for her. She said: “I can no longer continue to serve in the RAF, or to continue as an aircraft engineer due to chronic health conditions.
“After 20 years training and experience I have to learn as many new skills as possible. This course came out of the blue but at the right time and it has given me a new outlook and skills.”