Supporting the next career step for service leavers

As Armed Forces Day on 26th June fast-approaches, Telent remains committed to helping service leavers transition successfully out of the forces and thrive in the next chapter of their lives. We continue to help nurture and develop skills for service leavers admired for their experience in leadership, teamwork and decision-making. As an employer, we value the traits our existing service leavers bring to us – such as their ability to stay calm under pressure, problem solve in a fast-paced environment, not forgetting bundles of drive and discipline.

From the Army to an IT Apprenticeship

Joanna recently joined Telent as a Network Services Field Operations Apprentice after leaving the Army.

Joanna stated: “Prior to joining Telent as a Network Services Apprentice, I was in the Army for six years where my job role was Electronic Warfare Systems Operator within the Royal Signals. This is where my interest in IT started and upon leaving, I knew I wanted to have a career in the IT field. The main attraction of an apprenticeship was that it seemed like a good way to get into an IT-based career after leaving the Army.

“I knew it would give me all the skills and qualifications that I would need to progress and have a good career in this field with a chance to learn while I earned. The best part of Telent is the people I work with! Everyone that I have met has been kind and supportive towards me. Looking to the future, I would like to pass my apprenticeship and be in a successful full-time role within Telent.”

Transitioning for the future

At Telent, we don’t just talk about it, we do it. Here are some of our many service leaver success stories.

Mike was a Telecommunications Technician in the Royal Air Force for ten and a half years. Mike spent a lot of time working with satellite communications and did two four-month deployments onboard HMS Illustrious looking after their SATCOMS in Bosnia, and then for the Hong Kong handover. Now as a Contract Service Manager at Telent, Mike plays a key role in supporting our customers with their communication and IT projects.

Ex-Army Dan went from being a Communications Systems Engineer to joining Telent as a Radio Design Engineer. Dan's advice on the career transition is to "pick your settlement area, research opportunities and use your enhanced learning credits for appropriate training."

Dave served 23 years as both a regular and reservist with the 7th Parachute Regiment – Royal Horse Artillery in a Fire Support Team. Dave is now Transformation Director for NRTS and was asked what he loved most about life in military.

“Joining the Army was everything that I wanted to do as a boy, I joined at 18 and the travel was everything I could have hoped for. I have been all over the world, but the biggest part was my skillsets and education when I left which has led me to where I am now.”

Telent was recognised by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in 2019 and received a Bronze award. We offer many roles that suit service leavers across all Telent business units, and we offer training and development for entry-level roles, with clear career paths and progression based on ability.

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