…Building a bridge for veterans and service leavers into cyber security and technology careers…
Approximately 14,000 people leave the military every year. Around 87% are under 44 and likely to seek civilian employment and according to the latest available figures, only 4% of UK working age veterans were employed in ‘Information and Communications’, with the majority following traditionally trodden pathways into careers that are already being redefined by automation or will be significantly impacted by robotics and machine learning by 2030. Currently, around 200,000 of working age veterans are either unemployed or economically inactive and the cost to the UK economy of underemployed or unemployed veterans has been estimated at £1.5bn over 5 years.
A government report revealed that around 82% of all jobs in the UK list digital skills as a requirement. They also pay 29% more, on average, than those that don’t require these skills and with 62% of employers suffering from digital skills gaps that are affecting their ability to meet objectives.
According to UK Government reporting, approximately 48% of businesses have a basic cyber security skills gap with 30% suffering from more advanced skills gaps, in areas such as penetration testing, forensic analysis and security architecture.
Given the skills and professional experience that so many service leavers and veterans possess, we believe that the future of the UK’s technology industry can be built on the strengths of veterans.
TechVets is a non-profit established in March 2018 and now a programme within RFEA - The Forces Employment Charity. TechVets provides opportunities for veterans, service leavers, full-time and reservist serving persons to join our amazing community, to learn and train using leading resources and to receive valuable employment support.
Is this role for you?
RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity are the chosen delivery partner for an exciting initiative created by Enterprise M3 Initiative (EM3) and funded by DWP with ESF. The programme will support Veterans, their partners and spouses, and children as part of plans to lead economic recovery in the M3 region by growing a skilled population in digital enterprises (including medical technology and gaming), sustainable construction and low carbon, and space and satellite industries. A combination of practical employment support, accredited training, corporate mentoring, and work experience is offered to participants to provide the best possible routes to accessing sustainable employment emerging technologies and peripheral sectors.
To support the EM3 Armed Forces Veterans and Families Programme, TechVets are seeking a motivated Training Coordinator, passionate about tech and the Military community, to join our small but growing TechVets team as we continue to deliver the UKs leading support for veterans and service leavers into technology and cyber security careers. This role is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic disruptor reshaping the way our veterans and service leavers enter technical careers, and changing thousands of peoples lives for the better. If you meet the following requirements, then this could be the ideal job for you.
Role & responsibilities
Training & Education is one of the three core pillars of TechVets and our focus is on relevant hands-on training where possible to aid our members to learn how to solve problems by implementing their new skills. We pride ourselves on our impressive partnerships with industry organisations to provide free access to leading training materials and platforms for our members.
Training partnership management. The training coordinator will manage the operational delivery of partner training and coordinate the allocation of training to appropriate members. This will include optimising the user experience when accessing the training as well as raise awareness of what is available and how members can maximise employment opportunities as a result of completing training.
Support the development of TechVets training services. The Training Coordinator will use industry knowledge, providing support to the TechVets Director to establish training opportunities for emerging in-demand skills in order to develop the TechVets training offering ensuring that our members are provided the best in-class support and can maximise their upskilling in line with industry demand.
Support the delivery of the Basic Digital Skills Initiative. The Training Coordinator will support the RFEA - Forces Employment Charity project to support veterans, service leavers and their families gain basic digital skills and internet literacy as part of an exciting new project.
Reporting. The Training Coordinator will collate the necessary training data and provide regular reports to the TechVets Director. The Training Coordinator will be expected to verbally (virtually and / or physically) present results to TechVets Director as well as RFEA Senior Management Team.
Basic IT & Tech support. In addition to the training coordination, the successful candidate will provide basic IT tech support to TechVets WordPress website and WordPress Plugin Academy - the core portal for members accessing our services. Candidates who do not have this skills set or experience will not be excluded from being selected.
The successful candidate will be reporting directly to the Director of TechVets and the EM3 Programme Manager.
Ideally you have the following skills & experience..
- UK Military experience (any rank, any service).
- Experience managing or coordinating relevant training.
- Good understanding of the tech sector and cyber security industry.
- Good technical knowledge with ability and passion to learn new systems with ease.
- Capable of working remotely to targets and deadlines.
- Strong stakeholder engagement and communication (verbal and written) skills.
- Has a presence to quickly create credibility amongst industry stakeholders.
- Effective team player but also able to self motivate and operate independently.
- Uses initiative and drive to navigate both internally and externally to get things done.
- Highly organised, good attention to detail and works with pace.
- Enthusiastic, adaptable and willing to learn.
- Adept at using basic productivity software (ie...Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
It would be even better if you had the following skills & experience...
- Currently a TechVets member.
- Proficient user of Discord.
- Experience working with and configuring WordPress and WordPress Plugins.
- Capable with web hosting administration, plus new page and form curation.
- Implementing basic security controls including Access Management, MFA, and password management.
- Familiar with using Salesforce.
- Familiar with Trello.
- Familiar with Facebook’s Workplace application.
- Basic user of HTML.
Successful candidates will be required to be a current resident in the UK.
Please apply at this link.
Location: This is a remote role (Must have reliable internet access). Candidates are expected to commute to the RFEA Head Office in London when required and there is a requirement to travel to events across the UK incl the South / South East.
Type: Full-time (35 hrs p/w) on fixed term contract out to Dec 2023.
Full-time salary (35 hrs p/w): £28,000-£30,000 depending on experience
Reporting: The Training Coordinator will report directly to the TechVets Director & EM3 Programme Manager
Closing date: Closing date for this position is 16th January 2022, interviews are likely to take place during the week commencing 24th January 2022 for an immediate start where possible.
European Structural and Investment Fund
The project is part funded by the England European Structural and Investment Funds Programme. The Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions are the managing authorities for ERDF and ESF funding through the Growth Programme, funds established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. By investing in projects the funds will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding