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Future Horizons

Future Horizons

The Future Horizons Programme has been developed in response to the recognition and commitment from The Ministry of Defence, to improve resettlement provision to Early Service Leavers (ESLs). The programme is open to ESLs across all the services, regardless of how long you have served or the reasons you have for leaving. The programme has been designed and is delivered by the RFEA, The Forces Employment Charity.

To discuss any aspect of the Future Horizons Programme please call Darren Bickerstaffe, Programme Manager on 07428 705 770

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Leaving the Forces

Most research clearly shows that ESLs are generally at a disadvantage in the labour market and often do not know how to access the support that is available to them.

Many of those who find themselves leaving the forces early may not have been employed in a civilian job role prior to joining. As such, approaching the workplace can be especially challenging, particularly in today's competitive job market.

The Future Horizons Programme understands that leaving the Armed Forces is a key point in the lives of all Service leavers, and believes that everyone who has served, even for a short period of time, is entitled to support in transitioning from the military into civilian life.

The Future Horizons Programme will provide support and assistance to enable you to find suitable employment upon leaving the Armed Forces. Through our network of partners, we will link you into the most appropriate level of support you need to help with the transition.

Getting onto the Programme

You can meet with a FHP assessor at the following locations:

  • ITC Catterick, Hook Company: 01748 831274
  • ATC Pirbright, Sword Company: 01483 475526
  • RRC Plymouth: 01752 553143

All ESLs should be registered with the programme automatically when they are discharged by their military unit discharge staff. If you are unable to visit one of the locations above, a Future Horizons Programme assessor will be in touch with you following your discharge to discuss your support needs and to allocate you a Specialist Employment Consultant.

To speak to a member of the Future Horizons Team, please call us on one of the numbers above.

Specialist Advice

Once registered with the programme, a member of the team will contact you on a regular basis to find out how you are getting along and to check whether require further support from one of our partners.

You can also speak to one of our advisors on 0121 236 0058 if you feel you require further support with any aspect of your transition back into civilian life.

Job Finding

RFEA

Once registered with the programme The Regular Forces Employment Association will provide you with job finding advice and support for the rest of your working life.

Civvy Street Jobs and Advice

Finding a job is an important part of your move into Civvy Street, but first you need to be sure of your career direction. This may be following the work that you did in the Services or could be an entirely different direction.

Directgov - Search for jobs

Search online for the latest jobs and volunteering opportunities - volunteering can help you develop and learn new skills while you're looking for a job.

Employment Opportunities

The Future Horizons Programme has joined together with Serco through their preferred suppliers, Cue Personnel & Premier Recruitment Solutions, to offer Early Service Leavers employment opportunities in different areas of the country.

Cue Personnel & Premier Recruitment are looking for motivated individuals to work in the environmental services sector, they offer competitive rates of pay and the chance to gain permanent employment with Serco when vacancies arise

If you are interested in working with Serco through PRS Recruitment Solutions Ltd who have opportunities in many areas outside of London, please contact Darren Hinton or George Parker on 01293 518986 quoting the Future Horizons Project.

Cue Personnel supply predominantly industrial labour within the London area. We work with local authorities and companies, within their Recycling and Waste Operations areas. If you are interested in this type of role, either loading, sweeping, recycling or HGV II work, please call the recruitment team on 0207 357 9366 option 1, quoting Future Horizons

Funding Schemes

The Future Horizons programme has links with a number of organisations who can help get you the right training and further education opportunities you need to get into an area of work you want to do.

Our consortium partners have a number of opportunities to help support you move forward be it looking for an apprenticeship, accessing college or looking to start your own business. We are there to help.

Employment Support Grant Scheme

An employment support scheme funded by The Royal British Legion as part of a range of learning and work support schemes to help unemployed and low skilled people of working age develop their skills and find sustainable employment.

Learning and Skills

The Future Horizons Programme will help you identify the necessary skills you will find useful when looking for a new career. Our partners will assist you to access relevant educational and developmental courses to improve your opportunities of finding a job once you have left the Armed Forces.

Download programme resources such as booklets and reports

Programme Resources

The Future Horizons Programme booklet details the services available to Early Service Leavers and the partners that are involved in delivering the programme.

Future Horizons Programme Information Booklet - PDF

Future Horizons Programme Customer Service Charter

FHP Final Report 2013 - PDF

FH Booklet November 2013

Programme Reports

Download the Full Report to read about the progress for the Future Horizons Programme, March 2013.

Download the Interim Report to read about the progress for the Future Horizons Programme, 2012.