Support for the Armed Forces

Education, employment and volunteering

We want to support our communities to achieve their ambitions, aspirations and get the support they need, you can find out what education, training and volunteering options are available to you.

Education

British Forces Resettlement Services

The British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) is a social enterprise created to help the armed forces community with their transition into civilian life. It is open to service leavers, reserve forces, veterans, civilian MOD employees, as well as partners and families.

Find information about their training courses on their website (opens in new window).    

Career Transitions Partnership

Offer courses tailored to service leavers which are excellent value for money and are Ministry of Defence approved. You can find out the Find information about their training courses on their website (opens in new window).  

LifeWorks

LifeWorks is a fully funded five day course provided by the Royal British Legion Industries. It equips ex-armed forces personnel with the tools to get into and maintain a civilian job that's right for them.

Find out more about LifeWorks online (opens in new window).

The Regular Forces Employment Agency (RFEA) employment charity

The Regular Forces Employment Agency (RFEA) employment charity helps service leavers and ex-armed forces personnel find and remain in appropriate, rewarding employment for the rest of their working lives. 

Find out more about the RFEA forces employment charity on their website (opens in new window)

The Warrior Programme

The Warrior Programme is a three day motivation and training programme with 12 months structured support and signposting.

The Warrior Programme runs residential programmes for veterans and adult family members of veterans.

The three day coaching programme provides participants with practical, effective tools, techniques and coaching strategies to improve performance and motivation and overcome issues. 

Find out more about the Warrior Programme on their website (opens in new window).

UCAS – Attending University

UCAS offer the armed forces community advice when looking to apply for higher education including service children, veterans and service leavers. For more information about UCAS, visit their website (opens in new window).

University support – the Naval Families Federation

The Naval Families Federation have published advice and aims to support more young people from serving families into higher education. Find more information on the Naval Families Federation website (opens in new window).

Employment

Mansfield District Council

We support our armed forces community and want them to achieve their aspirations.

The variety of roles on offer is immense and so is the difference each one of us makes to the communities we serve. To view our latest vacancies, visit the Mansfield and Ashfield Jobs website (opens in new window).

British Forces Resettlement Services

The British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) is a social enterprise created to help the armed forces community with their transition into civilian life. It is open to service leavers, reserve forces, veterans, civilian MOD employees, as well as partners and families.

The BFRS hold career events throughout the UK which bring the armed forces community together with employers, training providers and support services.

For more information about the jobs and courses they have, visit the British Forces Resettlement Services website (opens in new window).

Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) (opens in new window) is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. Leavers from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force or the Royal Marines at any rank can benefit from resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities.

CTP is the official provider of armed forces resettlement and ex-servicemen and women can be entitled to support from the CTP for up to two years post discharge.

Department for Work and Pensions

All former service personnel have access to the full range of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

A person who has served in the armed forces for any time within the last three years can be considered for early access to the work programme.

For more information, visit the Department for Work and Pensions website (opens in new window) or call 0800 055 6688. 

NHS

The NHS support the Armed Forces community to secure jobs within the NHS. For more information, visit the NHS website (opens in new window).

Find out more about employing reservists (opens in new window) and key facts on employing reservists in the NHS (opens in new window).

Regular Forces Employment Association

Providing ex-forces jobs and career advice. They have thousands of job opportunities from employers who value ex military recruitment. You can take a look at their ex-forces jobs and career advice (opens in new window).

They also have a Families Programme (opens in new window) to provide advice and guidance for civilian spouses and partners of serving armed forces and ex-service personnel, to help them into employment.  

Waking with the Wounded

Supporting those who have served in the armed forces and their families and providing veterans with independence through employment. Find out more about how Walking with the Wounded can help you gain employment on their website (opens in new window).

Volunteering

Volunteering with us has lots of benefits and can help you to:

  • gain confidence and build relationships
  • meet new people and become part of a community
  • make a difference to people, communities and society
  • become part of the community
  • learn new skills and take on new challenges

Find out more on our volunteering page.

Volunteer with an armed forces charity

You can volunteer at a range of armed forces charities including: