SVETS works with employers and a number of Service charities* to identify a vocational opportunities for transitioning and former Service personnel (including the wounded, injured and sick) to aid their transition from life in the military to a civilian career.

The opportunity types we ask employers to offer are listed below. Partners are encouraged to offer appropriate opportunity types, which these may well change over time. We advertise individual opportunities to jobseekers through our job alerts, website and social media channels. This list is consistent with the opportunities sought by the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership.

1. Volunteering

Any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or an individual, unlikely to lead to employment.

2. Challenges and Motivational Activities

A task or activity building on the individual’s abilities to generate a feeling of enthusiasm and achievement in support of future career options.

3. Mentoring

Provision of employment advice, coaching and support.

4. Training and Education

Period of study/practical experience, resulting in a recognisable qualification or skill on completion.

5. Career Support and Activities

CV advice, networking opportunities, guidance on industry relevant qualifications and courses.

6. Taster Visits

Industry familiarisation visit.

7. Job Shadowing

Activity in which an individual spends time with a worker on the job, observing actual workplace tasks in order to explore a potential career interest.

8. Work Attachment

A period spent in Industry which is likely to include being given responsibility for a piece of work and making a contribution and being a part of team. 'Picking up' Industry experience.

9. Apprenticeship /Internship

Employment under an Apprenticeship or Internship Scheme combining employment and regular study leading to a qualification.

10. Employment

Paid work permanent or temporary, part time or full time.


* Andrew Jackson, Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, chairs the Opportunities Sharing Working Group, which is part of an Employment focussed, collaborative initiative across the Service charity sector. The Poppy Factory, Regular Forces Employment Agency, Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded, Mission Motor Sport, Barclays VETS are all participants in the WG.