Many of you have been part of the army rebasing programme, resulting in a large proportion of military families now living in the south west of England.

With a higher number of people in the local job market, increased competition could make it difficult to secure a job, so it may be a good opportunity to take a training course to improve your future prospects.

Project JEMS is a partnership between Wiltshire College & University Centre, Army Headquarters South West and Wiltshire Council, providing education and training opportunities and identifying pathways to employment for military spouses, partners and young adults.

Going virtual

Despite the restrictions throughout the last 12 months or so, several of you have taken part in courses. Louisa-Jayne achieved her functional skills qualifications in English and maths. She says: “I’m a key worker at a hospital and currently studying my level 3 diploma in adult nursing so that I can apply to university to become a nurse practitioner. However, I also needed GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English to complete the course.”

Louisa-Jayne saw a post on social media, enrolled and was placed in a military families’ cohort. After attending the drop-in sessions, she used the distance-learning resources to study around work and family commitments. When teaching moved online due to the pandemic, she found that she was still offered superb support by Suzanne, her tutor: “Suzanne was always there to help me via email or video call and has been really supportive.”

To find out more about future courses, contact resettlement@wiltshire.ac.uk

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