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Join your peers in the best online Forces community for support and advice on transitioning into IT careers.
TechVets provides a safe community environment with like-minded tech-curious Forces community members, to support you through any career change concerns, learning and development as well as training collaboration, and local physical/virtual meetups to maintain your Military family.
With the challenge of breaking into a new career, we don't want you to have the additional complication of navigating the countless training providers, vendors and sales people often selling you training certifications when you have very little grounding in the subject.
The TechVets community will help you avoid the pitfalls of overpriced training, steer you towards the most beneficial certification tracks, and provide you the real truth about entry points, salary expectations and career paths...you will not be sold anything within our community, you will just get trustworthy advice!
Leaving the Military in the next 2 years? Perhaps considering a career change into Cyber or tech? Or a Forces spouse / partner suffering from a broken career as you move around with the Military. These times are challenging enough without the additional stress we have when embarking on a career change or returning to work from a career break.
We want you to know that whatever the challenge, our community is always here. There is always somebody to share a coffee - virtual or otherwise, and our local chapters will be meeting for catch-ups across the UK from the South West to Scotland; Wales to East Anglia.
You can dive straight in and get our community working for your benefit by leveraging the expertise of those veterans who are experienced information technology practitioners to support you as you build your skills.
Join one of our teams and start gaining hands-0n learning. Whether the Capture the Flag Team for all levels and across all topics or our more advanced Hack The Box team for those aspiring offensive specialists.
This brings together team work, fun and learning to the fore and allows those involved to be part of something challenging.
Network with our UK wide community or specifically with one of our 12 active regional chapters across the UK.
We have amassed a community of thousands of veterans, Service leavers, serving persons and their partners & spouses, with 12 active local chapters across the UK that includes many veterans already experienced in Cyber security or Technology at all levels - from Junior Analyst to Director or Business Owner, and everything in between
All of our community activity occurs in our online platform that is a unique leading forum for collaboration, sharing experience, hints and tips, supporting each other through training, and to maintain that close Military family you had during your Service.
TechVets is built on partnerships and has amassed some incredible relationships with fantastic companies to provide access to FREE training that would otherwise be at cost or inaccessible.
The training covers a range of career paths into more common IT careers from Project Management to Cyber Security!
Digital skills are vital for all careers with those lacking digital skills often finding that job searching is even more challenging.
Through our Skillsoft platform, we offer access to courses in the full Microsoft Office and Google suites, as well as other productivity software training including Asana, Trello, JIRA, Salesforce, Confluence, Webex, Zoom, and even a course in touch typing.
Courtesy of Netcompany, TechVets are able to offer Microsoft Office Skills training to the Forces partners & spouses.
Through our partnership with Google, and delivered through Coursera in collaboration with DWP, TechVets is offering IT Support training through the Google Career Cert Scholarship Program.
Additionally, through our Skillsoft platform, our members can access CompTIA A+.
Through our partnership with Google, and delivered through Coursera in collaboration with DWP, TechVets is offering IT Project Management training through the Google Career Cert Scholarship Program.
In addition to this, through our Skillsoft platform we are offering upskilling in Agile Project Management, PRINCE2, Scum, PMBOK Guide, and project software Smartsheet, as well as CompTIA Project+.
Product managers are responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition of a product. Product management is the art of leadership. Product managers are constantly learning and improving the way they work.
Through our Skillsoft platform our members can explore best practices in Product Management.
Successful sales professionals seek ways to improve the effectiveness of their selling techniques. Explore further to expand your sales acumen. Sales acumen is an understanding of prospects and an understanding of how best to approach a sale. Learn how sales acumen is composed of the behaviors, skills and traits that make a successful salesperson. Discover how to develop a solid understanding of prospecting, diagnosing, presenting, overcoming objections, negotiating, and closing.
Through our Skillsoft platform our members can access training in Selling Essentials.
In addition to sales training, members can learn how to optimise the customer journey and learn applicable strategies for helping your customers achieve their desired levels of success with your platform, product, or service. Optimizing the customer journey will help you engage your clients and foster long-term relationships with them. This is through our Skillsoft Customer Success Management training.
A successful digital transformation requires the development of a thoughtful strategy and the creation of powerful new business models. Completing a digital transformation means changing organizations through design, technology and people. Developing a strategy for a digital transformation can help your organization progress from innovative strategy development, to an architectural framework, to practical execution.
Through our Skillsoft platform, our members can access a suite of courses to support those looking at moving into roles in which they will be delivering digital transformation. These include Digital Transformation Strategy, Digital Experinces, Digital Marketing & Communications, Digital Soft Skills Competencies, Virtual Work, and more.
Through our Skillsoft platform our members can access a range of courses to support their journeys into management positions within IT. These include courses in Business Execution, Business Strategy, Leadership Essentials, Management Essentials, and Team Management.
Service organizations use IT systems to improve efficiency, reliability and quality. Develop in-depth knowledge of the ITIL® methodology. ITIL is a set of detailed practices for IT service management that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business. Learn how ITIL's systematic approach to IT service management can help businesses manage risk, strengthen customer relations, establish cost-effective practices, and build a stable IT environment.
Through our Skillsoft platform, our members can access our ITIL course.
Through our partnership with Google, and delivered through Coursera in collaboration with DWP, TechVets is offering Digital marketing & eCommerce training through the Google Career Cert Scholarship Program.
In addition to this, through our Skillsoft platform our members can also access training in Adobe Design, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Marketing.
Through our partnership with Google, and delivered through Coursera in collaboration with DWP, TechVets is offering Data Analytics training through the Google Career Cert Scholarship Program. This includes Google Data Analytics, Google Advanced Analytics, Google IT Automation with Python, and Google Business Intelligence.
Though our Skillsoft platform, our members also have access to Data Science for Managers.
Through our partnership with Splunk, our members have access to Splunk training and exam vouchers as part of the SplunkWork+ initiative.
This includes access to the eLearning version of all 22 of the following single-subject courses in the Knowledge Manager and Search Expert learning paths. You will have access to the videos for 12 months. Additionally, eLearning offerings with labs will allow you to access the labs up to three times over the 12-month period. Each lab access lasts 4 hours.
Finally, through our new partnership with Alteryx, our members can access the Alteryx SparkED Program. The SparkED for the Military program has been created by a team of experts with years of experience in education and training.
This program offers free access to Alteryx, a powerful data analytics tool that is widely used in the business world. Through our program, you will learn how to use Alteryx to solve real-world business problems and gain valuable skills that are highly sought after by employers. Alteryx Designer is a code-free/code-friendly software, so it is easy to use by anyone, regardless of skill level. Interactive learning paths guide you through each lesson and enable you to get hands-on with the software at your own pace.
You’ll also have access to our Maveryx Community, home to thousands of data analytics experts, user groups, and helpful resources. When you complete the program, you’ll be able to show visible proof of your skills mastery through credentials that can range from Micro to Advanced.
Through our partnership with Google, and delivered through Coursera in collaboration with DWP, TechVets is offering UX Design training through the Google Career Cert Scholarship Program.
One of the most exciting parts about joining the field of user experience is the large number of job opportunities available. Nearly every company needs UX designers to help create their digital and physical products. While the need for UX designers continues to grow, there is currently a shortage of UX design professionals to fill those roles.
A career in UX design allows you the opportunity to work as a generalist, finding a role as a UX designer, UI designer, or UX researcher, or as a specialist, like a visual designer or interaction designer. Upon completion of this certificate program, you will be able to search for jobs with all of these titles, and find the role that best suits you.
This program includes over 200 hours of instruction and hundreds of practice-based activities and assessments that simulate real-world UX design scenarios and are critical for success in the workplace. The content is highly interactive and developed by Google employees with decades of experience in UX design.
You’ll learn how to complete the design process from beginning to end, including: Empathizing with users; Defining user pain points; Coming up with ideas for design solutions; Creating wireframes, mockups, and prototypes; Testing designs through usability studies; Iterating on designs based on feedback.
Through a mix of videos, readings, assessments, and hands-on activities, you’ll learn in-demand design tools, Figma and Adobe XD. You’ll even create a portfolio that includes three projects to share with potential employers to showcase the skills you learned in this program.
Through our Skillsoft platform, our members can prepare to become Network+ certified by acquiring knowledge to design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot a network infrastructure, or prepare to become Security+ certified through our CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ courses and practice.
Other valuable infrastructure courses available through our Skillsoft platform include CompTIACloud+, CompTIA Linux+, and CompTIA Server+.
Through our Cisco Networking Academy, TechVets can provide access to Networking Essentials, Networking is at the heart of the digital transformation. The network is essential to many business functions today, including business critical data and operations, cybersecurity, and so much more. A wide variety of career paths rely on the network -- so it's important to understand what the network can do, how it operates, and how to protect it.
We also provide access to training for CCNA & CCNP. Members who are able to pass the CCNA and / or CCNP courses with a 70% or higher course score, are eligible to purchase the exam vouchers at 50% discount!
Through our partnership with Fortinet, TechVets members have access to the training and certifications within the Fortinet NSE Program.
The Fortinet Training Institute provides certification and training in the growing field of cybersecurity. The program includes a wide range of self-paced, instructor-led, and virtual instructor-led training, as well as practical, experiential exercises that demonstrate mastery of complex network security concepts. Book one of our scheduled classes or sign up for custom learning for your organization.
Through our partnership with Netcompany, our members gain access to MS-900, SC-900, and AZ-900 training with the opportunity to gain the certification too!
In addition to this, through our Skillsoft platform, our members can access courses in Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), as well as AWS training. The AWS content includes training courses, labs, and practice tests for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, AWS Cloud Practitioner, and AWS Certified SysOps Administrator.
Through our Skillsoft platform, our members have access to information security and cyber security training be completing courses such as Business Continuity Planning, CompTIA CySA+, CompTIA CASP+, Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Our partnership with Safestack.io, TechVets members can gain training in secure development.
Through relevant, high-quality content created by industry experts and released regularly, SafeStack learners build and apply essential security skills and behaviors as they go. Plus, our platform’s built-in assessments and reporting mean organizations can meet compliance requirements with ease.
TechVets offers access to premium TryHackMe training. This provides learners with hands-on training designed to support people from the very start of the journey into cyber security.
Alternatively, TechVets members can access the Pega Academy through our partnership with Pega Systems. This offers training and certifications in Pega's low-code technology.
The benefit of a community containing so many veteran Cyber professionals, is the ready-made professional network and visibility of opportunities.
By helping to put our members in direct contact with industry, provide them the opportunity to upskill, as well as improve their CVs and interview techniques, we are able to support more of the Forces community into sustainable employment.
One of the most common challenges in the Forces community, is understanding the transferable skills and articulating them on a CV.
The TechVets community can help with this through the use of the peer review service. This service uses fantastic volunteers who are experienced in hiring and CV reviews into Cyber or Tech roles.
This service ensures that TechVets members can send their CV and covering letter directly to CREST to be distributed to all the CREST member organisations in the UK. These organisations range from large FTSE 100 companies to boutique consultancies.
TechVets facilitates access to industry through our partnerships to provide a combination of training and education workshops, webinars and networking events.
This ensures that our members have the best opportunity to gain that important direct interaction and networking with hiring managers and employers.
We engage with hiring managers and employers who understand the skills and experience that veterans have and that appreciate the value veterans add to the workplace.
Those who wish to hire our dedicated, motivated, talented and professional members are able to post their opportunities on Jobs Board.
This service is free of charge for both our members and the hiring company removing any barriers to top talent.
If you are a company who wishes to promote your career opportunities with the TechVets community, please email [email protected].
TechVets members are also able to use the expertise of the highly trained Employment Advisors for 1-2-1, from the many other specialist programmes within Forces Employment Charity. This provides more comprehensive support including...
> Support with CV writing
> Researching the jobs market
> Advice on interview techniques
> Job matching