Apprenticeships certainly aren’t new, but they’re not what they used to be. Things have come a long way since the early days of YTS (Youth Training Scheme), with many new and exciting job opportunities opening up in some unexpected and lucrative sectors.

Join Alistair Halliday and guests to learn how apprenticeships have changed and why they’re such a great opportunity for Service leavers and veterans.

The broadcast begins at 14:30 on Friday 27 January 2023

This month’s Careers Sitrep highlights why now is the best time to look for seasonal work, and how your Christmas job can turn into a permanent career.

As we say goodbye to the summer season, now is the time that many organisations begin to plan for their Christmas ‘rush’ period. This is good news for job seekers as thousands of roles become available.

The latest Careers Sit Rep will see a panel of guests discuss the opportunities that seasonal work offers the ex-Forces community, including partners and dependents, as well as top tips on where to look, how and when to apply, plus how to make the most of a seasonal role.

The broadcast begins at 14:30 on Friday 30 September.

Join us for our second episode in our live series of Alternative Routes into Employment with _nology!

_nology is bridging the gap in technology through training individuals to become technology consultants. Working together the EM3 Armed Forces Veterans and Family programme aims to get veterans, military spouses and their employment-age children into tech.

The EM3 Armed Forces Veterans and Families team are aiming to demystify employment and education with Future Skills Month this August!

From 10th August we’ll be hosting a #webinarwednesday to talk about the various routes into employment in the media, medical technology, construction and software sectors. To kick off our first one, we’ll be speaking to Andy Barker from Fieldcrafting. Andy is a former Senior NCO in the British Army. After 24 years service, 10 patient-facing, he is now a Clinical Apprenticeships Facilitator with the NHS and works freelance in film & tv.

Introducing our brand new programme, EM3 Armed Forces Veterans and Families!

In this webinar we’ll be talking about what the programme does, who it is for and how we provide support.

Speakers in this panel will include partner organisations:

  • James Murphy, TechVets
  • Martin Wing, X-Forces
  • Rhianna Sewerin, Building Heroes


April’s Careers Sitrep will focus on the UK Renewable Sector, as well as include a discussion around where those looking for employment can go for tailored support.

The panel will include:

James Cameron, who served for 17 years in the Royal Tank Regiment and is now CEO and Founder of Mission Motorsport and Mission Renewable

Marcus Peters, Head of Offshore HSE (Global) & Head of HSE Culture & Contractor Engagement at RWE Renewables who served for 10 years in the Royal Navy

Rich Jones, National Veterans’ Manager at RFEA, who served 24 years in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Host Alistair Halliday – CEO of RFEA and former Royal Navy Commodore

We’re celebrating three years of our Families Programme – and our 137th birthday – with a one-off Families special Careers Sitrep!

This month’s Careers Sitrep will focus on the unique challenges that military spouses and partners face, as well as include a discussion around where those looking for employment can go for tailored support. The panel will include:

  • Lee Johnston, RFEA Families Employment Advisor
  • Jenna Richardson, Employment and Training Specialist and Forces Families Jobs Lead at Army Families Federation (AFF)
  • Former RFEA Families Programme client, Jenny Monaghan, Marketing and Events Coordinator at HEROPRENEURS
  • Host, RFEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Alistair Halliday

Join our Chief Executive, Alistair Halliday, as he hosts an open and honest ‘fireside chat’ style discussion with a range of guests, all of whom have served in the Armed Forces.

This month’s Careers Sitrep features a live Q&A with Ché Scott, formerly Royal Air Force, now Station Manager and Armed Forces Liaison Officer at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, plus JP Helliwell, serving Army reservist, Station Manager and Lead for the Armed Forces Covenant at Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service.

Further insight comes from RFEA’s Regional Employment Advisor for the South West, Kate Hughes, and RFEA’s Chief Executive and Sitrep host, Alistair Halliday, both of whom served in the Royal Navy.

In this edition of #TipTuesday, we talk to former Royal Marine secure data communications specialist Graeme Manzi about leaving the forces and discovering a world of opportunities after joining the TechVets community.

The advice he received from members on the TechVets Discord channel and from co-founder Mark Milton proved invaluable as he navigated the transition to civvie street.

Graeme now works as a Cyber Security Consultant but is still building skills and learning via the TechVets academy. He’s also helping others to transition to civilian careers in cyber security and tech as a volunteer.

His top tip? Use your downtime whether that’s in the military or on the outside to keep learning and preparing for the role you want to be in.

Join us to hear from military veterans, spouses and partners who faced challenges but are now in sustainable employment.

RFEA works with forward-thinking employer partners, who are passionate about workplace diversity and inclusion. Learn how employers such as Willis Towers Watson are committed to a more diverse and inclusive environment as well as wider corporate initiatives to improve ED&I.

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