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HEADQUARTERS SIGNAL OFFICER IN CHIEF (ARMY)
REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS ROYAL SIGNALS
Griffin House, Blandford Camp,
Dorset, DT11 8RH




Corps Resettlement Officer:                            Assistant Editor:
Lt Col (Retd) A F Browne FCIPD                         Miss Linda Rowley
Tel: Civ 01258 48, Mil 94371, Ext 2077                 Ext 2083, Fax 2084
Email: rhq@rsignals.net: Mil CASH: SOINC RHQ Staff Sp SO2 or Clk2
www.army.mod.uk/royalsignals/resettlement or www.royalsignals.army.org.uk/museum/resettlement.htm


         ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS
      RESETTLEMENT NEWSLETTER 107
                JULY 2002
INTRODUCTION

1.      Once again this month things have been fairly quiet regarding the resettlement
side of my job. I continue to receive each month a number of pieces of information
with the prospect of jobs attached. However it would not be honest of me if I did not
admit that there appear to be fewer jobs that come to my notice than they did a couple
of years ago. This is a theme that I have covered before and I repeat that for those
who have to leave because they have come the end of their service there are suitable
jobs around, especially for those with extra qualifications and skills. For those who
do not have to leave in the current employment climate it may be better to delay your
departure until things improve.

2.     On a more positive note, however, one of the pieces of information that did
reach my ears came from a telephone conversation with Derek Shaw at the Aldershot
RRC who tells me that the Rail Services are short of personnel with Communications
and IT skills and experience. He is fully in the picture on this and is in conversation
with the companies involved with the aim of filling some of these shortages with
personnel from the Services. I do not have any specific details but they will become
available on the CTP WAN and if you are interested you should make sure that you
keep in touch with your Career Consultants at the RRC and the Employment
Consultants of the RFEA.

3.      On a different note some of you may be aware that the revised Tri Services
Resettlement Manual becomes effective from 1 Sep 02. This contains changes in
policy in a number of areas. At the moment I do not have all the details of these


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changes but you should check with your resettlement office or your RRC about these
policy amendments. For example, I know that in future for officers who PVR they
will become eligible for resettlement assistance in the same way as are soldiers who
give notice. I also know that the time served to become eligible for the Job Finding
only service will increase from 3 to 4 years. Also the time to become eligible for the
Full, Graduated Resettlement Service and Individual Resettlement Training Costs
grant will increase from 5 to 6 years. Do not panic however since this will only affect
those who join after 1 Sep 02. There is another change that will become effective on
1 Sep 02 and that is that eligibility will be based on actual time served and not
reckonable service and this may well be to your advantage if you joined at a young
age. This is only a very short résumé of that which is contained in the new manual
and so keep your eyes and ears open and see what else you can pick up. (I have now
gleaned a little more and have included some brief remarks in the Stop Press
Section). On then to this month’s Job Snippets, which, as I said above, I regret are
limited in number, if not quality.

JOB SNIPPETS

4.      This month the Retired Officer vacancies, with which I am again beginning,
are even more important than usual since we have 2 vacancies coming up here in
RHQ R Signals. I can of course vouch for the amenable surroundings of the area in
which we work and the wonderful people with whom you would work (me!) – thus
anyone who would like further information can give me a ring. The jobs are those of
RO1 Regimental Secretary and RO2 Assistant Regimental Secretary. The latter
becomes available in December this year and the former will be available in
April/May next year (although the vacancy says March). The other vacancies for R
Signals are repeats. The first that appears this month is the RO2 G6 Project Team at
Colchester Garrison and is vacant now. 30 Sig Regt continue to seek a Unit Welfare
Officer and whilst it is advertised as “Any Arm” they do state a preference for
someone with service in a R Signals environment. The next post is that of RO2c
Soldier Wing at R Sigs/Int Corps MCM Div in Glasgow. There are of course a lot
more posts with the tag “any arm” which may suit you. Further details are in the RO
Vacancy Notice Bulletin, which you should receive if you have registered as a
prospective RO. If you need any other information you can always give me a ring
and I can point you in the right direction.

5.       John Titmus from Euronet has sent me a couple of E-mails with the latest
vacancies on them. The following appear, but are only a selection and a view of their
website, or a speculative telephone call is recommended since job availability changes
fairly rapidly:

SOFTWARE MANAGER – West of London, UK Ref 1938

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
 Working in the Main Contract Office for the development of a ship Torpedo
  Defence System, you will report to the Design Authority
 Direct the development of products/technologies to meet anticipated shifts in
  customers requirements for new capabilities
 Technical liaison with major sub-contractors



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    Prepare & revise annual, strategic business development plan setting out the
    expected order intake, sales, costs, commitments & actions needed to meet the
    business unit targets. Support other business units in this activity
    Maintain close relationships with Customers to understand their requirements in
    terms of capabilities necessary & the technologies expected
    Undertake Bid Manager duties for assigned programmes, managing the
    preparation & submission of winning proposals to meet the identified
    opportunities
    Monitor competitors activities to determine: a) the probability of winning specific
    proposals & b) any threat to present/ future business
    Conduct market research activities to determine prospects in the existing & new
    business areas.

QUALIFICATIONS/ EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Essential
 Degree in Software Design or related discipline
 Experience in software design; requirements capture & top-level systems design;
   integration using COTS & PowerPC Systems and managing of software sub-
   contractors
 4+ years relevant experience of Real-time Operating Systems (VXWorks,
   RTLinux, Solaris); Middleware; Object Orientated Design (UML/Artisan) & C++
   in a Defence/Aerospace environment
 Self-starter. Positive attitude. Strong-minded. Well motivated, with drive, able to
   resolve problems quickly and effectively
 Team builder able to motivate and inspire team to meet the Project requirements
   in a controlled manner
 Effective, confident and professional communicator
Start ASAP. Good salary and package.

PRINCIPAL ENGINEER – UK Ref 1941

You will carry out a vital role which will challenge your experience of designing
optimum solutions in a cost competitive environment.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
 Reports to the Engineering Manager or Project Manager for power systems
  engineering
 Delivering robust and cost effective digital and analogue control system solutions
 A range of engineering activities covering all stages of a project from Bid to
  delivery
 Plan and carry out activities to develop technical solutions that successfully meet
  with the overall objectives of your project
 Leading a dedicated technical team and working closely with other team members
  and sub-contractors

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
 Relevant degree + a minimum of 5 years development experience in control
  electronics environment
 Experience of or capable of leading engineering teams of up to 10 people


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   Hands-on experience of designing hardware solutions based on FPGA
    technologies in a VHDL is essential
   Familiarity of Xylinx is desirable
   Experience of a formal validation and verification process is highly desirable
   Working knowledge of safety and environmental legislation
   Start asp – good salary and package

SENIOR MECHANICAL DESIGN ENGINEER – UK Ref. 1945

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
 Responsible to the Engineering Manager or project manager
 To perform a wide range of engineering work throughout the project life cycle
 Deliver optimum mechanical engineering solutions from bid phase to delivery
 Lead the mechanical design of modules and/or systems to ensure performance,
   packaging and manufacturability objectives are fully achieved
 An enthusiastic and hands-on approach to design and development
QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
 Degree in related discipline
 At least 3 years experience of working in an electrical/electronic product
  development environment
 Working experience of Pro/engineer 3D modelling tool set is highly desirable
 Thermal analysis and FEA skills are highly desirable
 Working knowledge of safety and environmental legislation and ability to apply
TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEER – London UK Ref 1944

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
The company is engaged in systems engineering & integration for the modernisation
of railway systems.
 A high level of team building and facilitating with customer and associates to
    identify and implement best practices of systems engineering and integration
 Support the development and analysis of the system Concept & Design regarding
    the Voice and Fixed Bearer communication systems on the project
 Report to the Systems Integration Manager
 Manage/deliver apportioned communications technical/engineering activities to
    achieve objectives
 Help ensure the compatibility and integration of communications requirements
    across the Control Systems project and assist in achieving the objectives of the
    Integrated Management Team
 Ensure everyone understands the Control Systems Integration Communications
    Requirements team’s aims and objectives regarding Requirements Management
 Lead tasks, developing the Methodology to manage the Requirements and support
    the engineering tasks to develop/manage/maintain the communications system
    requirements throughout the project




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 Challenge the way in which communications suppliers work – optimising
    utilisation of resources/schedules
   Promote customer’s internal culture change to reinforce all achievements
   Support engineering tasks to establish a system Baseline against which Control
    Sub-Systems and their communications suppliers will be contracted – and allocate
    requirements to the organisations
   Assess Communications Requirements for adequacy against operational
    objectives
   Alert Manager to emerging issues, problems or opportunities that require action
   Develop/maintain a close working relationship with all associates

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
 Essential: 5 years experience within complex large-scale system integration
  projects – particularly communications requirements and architectures or
  equivalent
 Demonstrate previous experience in the above tasks
 Desirable: Chartered Engineer, proven knowledge of railway systems integration
  and engineering and related professional accreditation

PRODUCTION TEST TECHNICIAN West of London – UK Ref 1943
£20,000 + package

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
 Testing analogue, RF and digital products
 Faultfinding sub-assemblies and PCBs to component level
 Providing training and background technical support to production test operatives
QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
 ONC/OND minimum qualification
 Several years experience in a production environment and have a comprehensive
  knowledge of test measurements techniques
 Able to perform light wiring and mechanical assembly tasks
 Able to carry out test evaluation tasks, including testing of analogue and digital
  circuits
 Good communication skills
 PC literate
MANAGER, Plant & Community Communications, Midlands UK Ref 1942
To £60,000 negotiable

A key appointment with an internationally known well established manufacturing
company. This appointment is an integral part of the senior management team. The
company’s policy is to keep its workforce informed and motivated and to
continuously engage in a ‘hearts and minds’ campaign so necessary to focus the
business and the community on the changes necessitated by the changing economic
climate.



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QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
 Degree level education with a relevant course on Marketing Communication
 Sound track record in a similar environment/role
 The ability to write excellent copy
 Creative, well presented, excellent presentation and interpersonal skills
 Computer literate – MS suite, Power-Point & Media specific
Further details can be obtained from Euronet Recruit Partnership, Bridgefoot House,
159 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3TF. Tel 01480 377000. Fax
377003. E-mail: vacancy_manager@euronetservices.co.uk or
John.Titmus@euronetgrp.com. Website: www.euronetservices.co.uk. Or there is a
new website at www.global-back-office.com. This follows Euronet joining with
Career Navigator to form a global network of recruitment and HR personnel working
together. You are probably best to visit the website to get further information on the
subject.

6.       QUINTEC is a consultancy based company which specialises in Systems
Engineering and Human Factors. Currently they employ just over 120 personnel and
have a turnover of £10 million per annum. Having won a major contract with the
DPA in December last year they are expanding their expertise into the area of Land
Information Systems and are once again looking to recruit suitable Royal Signals
personnel, who are about to leave the service or who have recently left.
Ideally they are looking for Ex TOT or Traffic Officers, or Ex Foreman or Yeoman of
Signals, but others with suitable qualifications should consider applying.
Packages are subject to negotiation to suit individual needs but include the possibility
of a company car and health care comes as standard. There is also the option of
joining the Thales Pension Plan. All employees also receive a yearly bonus of approx
8 to 10 percent depending on their status and company performance.
Interested personnel can contact Bill Ritchie at either BLD14bCon@dpa.mod.uk or
bill.ritchie@quintec.com. Further details can be found on the company website at
www.quintec.com

7.    THALES COMMUNICATIONS LTD have vacancies for a couple of
permanent Engineers/Technicians based in Crawley in Sussex. The equipment to be
worked on is the sort of thing used in 14 Sig Regt, NI and Clansman.

Job Specification for Engineers:
Minimum qualifications HNC in electronics or equivalent
Must be able to interpret circuit diagrams of advanced nature
Experience on microprocessor controlled digital circuitry required
Some PC experience (on Word and Excel) an advantage
Job Involves:
Fault finding and rectification to component Level on HF, VHF and UHF radios and
associated ancillaries
Some soldering involved
Answer customer’s technical queries regarding equipment
Updating repair database.




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Job specifications for technicians:
Qualification ONC in electronics or equivalent or experience in relevant field
Should be able to interpret electronic circuit diagrams

Job involves:
Fault finding and rectification to component level on radio ancillary equipment
Some soldering involved

For further details you can call Jason Scrase on 01293 652226, Fax 652368. Address:
Thales Communications Ltd, Newton Road, Crawley, W Sussex, RH10 9TS. Their
web is www.thales-communications.ltd.uk

8.      SECRETARY/CHIEF EXECUTIVE - The Wessex Reserve Forces’ and
Cadets’ Association
This is a Crown Service Grade 7 post which will become vacant on 30 May 2003,
based in Taunton.
Applicants will have reached the age of 45 and must be under the age of 56 on
appointment. The starting salary is £32,328 rising annually by performance related
increments to £47,083 per annum. Starting pay above the band minimum may be
awarded when merited by exceptionally relevant qualifications. There is a voluntary
pension scheme and an allowance is payable to offset the contribution. A car is
provided and applicants will have a clean driving licence and be prepared to live
within a reasonable commuting distance of Taunton.
Applicants should have Service experience or civilian equivalent, preferably at Grade
1 Staff Level and with competent IT skills.
The appointment is for a probationary period of twelve months in the first instance
after which it may be confirmed to the normal retiring age of 60. The successful
candidate will be required to pass a medical examination.
Applications should be made in writing to: The Chairman, Wessex RFCA, Mount
House, Mount Street, Taunton. TA1 3QE. Tel: 01823 254571 Fax: 01823 254004
E-mail: so@reserve-forces-wessex.org.uk
On receipt of initial application the Association will provide an application for
employment form and a job description. References should NOT be forwarded with
the completed application. Envelopes should be endorsed ‘APPLICATION’ and
marked ‘Personal for the Chairman’.
Applications are required to reach the Association by not later than Friday 18 October
2002. A selection board will be held in Taunton on 22 October 2002. Interviews will
take place in mid November 2002 and the successful applicant will take over the
appointment commencing 30 May 2003, after a suitable handover period. All
applications will be acknowledged.

9.      I have heard from Simon Turner from Computer Futures Solutions who has
told me that the company, which was established in 1986, is an IT Consultancy
specialising in the supply of security cleared staff to DV level with skills from help
desk, PC support, PC development through to Project and Programme Managers
on interim contracts or temporary assignments. The company has a successful track
record of supplying the commercial or public sector. Existing Blue Chip clients
include BAe, GKN, Serco, Thales, Quintec amongst others. In addition they provide
personnel to a variety of MOD bases from all 3 services.



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Their infrastructure extends to 14 offices within the UK and Europe with over 200
consultants. Their offices have teams specialising in every aspect of IT but can be
summarised into the following categories:

   Telecomms mobile and satellite, voice and data
   PC support and desktop
   PC and Web development
   Enterprise solutions, ERP and Relational databases
   Business consulting and Project Management
   Legacy systems

If you have the skills that you think could be employed in the areas above and are
interested in working in that field please contact Simon Turner at Prince House, 43-51
Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4PS. Tel No 0117 9103355, Fax 9103377. E:
swcontract@computerfutures.com and www.computerfutures.com.

10.      DRIVING OPPORTUNITIES are part of a letter that I have received from
Nightfreight Training Services. However since the essence of the letter is to advertise
their resettlement training services I will include the content in the training section
later in the Newsletter. They do say that there are “guaranteed employment
opportunities”, whatever that phrase exactly means, associated with the driving
training. So if this might interest you have a look at their information in the training
paragraph.

11.     ELECTRONIC SUPPORT TEST ENGINEER
Qualified to HND/HNC or Forces equivalent with proven experience of working with
both analogue and digital circuits for testing, fault diagnosis to component level and
repair of radio receiving equipment (HF, VHF, UHF, microwave) and other specialist
equipment.
The job would ideally suit an experienced Class 1 Radio or Radio Relay Technician
Cpl or Sgt, or equivalent.
Forward CV to Personnel Department, Arkonia Systems Ltd, Signal House, Unit 35,
Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants, GU35 9QE or contact Mike Minton on 01420 488646
Ext 145, email: mike.minton@arkonia.co.uk

If any further jobs arrive I will put them in the Stop Press section at the end of
this Newsletter.

HOUSING

12.     Regular readers will know that I recommend to those who are thinking about
housing on retirement, or at any other time come to that, that they attend one of the
housing briefings that are given by the Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO)
staff. The E-mail address of the housing staff is jshao@hqland.army.mod.uk or their
telephone number is 01722 436575 (Mil 94331 2575) Fax Ext 2577. The JSHAO has
a magazine called Housing Matters. In this months issue there are articles about
Solicitors and also how to look for a loan amongst other things. Whilst on the former
subject I found in my limited experience that rather than Estate Agents being a
problem it is Solicitors who can cause difficulties. I found that they can take
somewhat longer than you anticipate or develop a process of their own that may not


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be what you want. These comments of course do not apply to all Solicitors but it is
worth while making sure that you choose wisely and most importantly that your
solicitor is doing what you want in terms of details of a deal and time scale. The
magazine also gives you the telephone numbers for members of the staff on page 20
together with their photos (a different one this month); if you cannot find a copy ring
me and I will give you details.

13.     Turning to the housing briefings you should be aware that the Housing and the
Options Courses are designed primarily for Service Personnel and their partners who
are shortly to leave the forces. However you may still attend if you are not yet
leaving but are considering your civilian housing future. Attendance at these courses
does not count against Resettlement entitlement. Dates that I have for the remainder
of the year are:

LOCATION      DATE             LOCATION          DATE        LOCATION          DATE
  London      10 Sep            Cottesmore       17 Sep        Plymouth        24 Sep
Germany    7 – 11 Oct          Tidworth Col      15 Oct       Portsmouth       17 Oct
  Rosyth      23 Oct            Aldershot         5 Nov       Cottesmore       12 Nov
 Catterick    14 Nov             N Ireland       28 Nov       Colchester        3 Dec

Applications for these briefings should be made on MOD Form 363 and sent to the
Tri Service Regional Resettlement Centre concerned (for UK bookings) (Colchester
to the SLST), to 34 AEC BFPO 40 (for Germany bookings), to IERO Cyprus AEC
BFPO 53 (for Cyprus bookings).

JOB BRIEFINGS

14.     This is now a regular feature of this Newsletter included in case you do not
have access to the other sources of the briefing dates. This is another area where you
can gain valuable information and assistance via the Job Fairs and Seminars.
Registration is normally on the MOD Form 363 to the Regional Resettlement Centre
involved and information that I have on these fairs is as shown below. Remember
these are the MOD sponsored fairs, but there are a lot of similar civilian gatherings,
but they of course will not be necessarily targeting ex Service Personnel:

DATE            AREA                VENUE                       CONTACT
2nd Tue      RFEA Job Club       Carver Barracks,
 each         1000 – 1230           Wimbish
month
2nd Tue      RFEA Job Club          Chetwynd
 each         1200 – 1400        Barracks Chilwall
month
12 Sep       Wilts, Avon,           Tidworth           RRC Tidworth, 01980 603164
 Now        Dorset and mid S     Garrison Theatre         Sdaniels@ctp.org.uk
28 Nov           West
25 Sep         Midlands                TBD            RRC Cottesmore, 01572 812241
 TBC                                                       Bdew@ctp.org.uk
10 Oct          Scotland            Aberdeen            RRC Rosyth 01383 425192
                                 Exhibition Centre         Lwatt@ctp.org.uk



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 23 Oct         Living and        RAF Honnington        RAC Colchester 94651 2560 or
                Working in            (TBC)                    Col Mil 2571
              Norfolk/ Suffolk                              Earac@gtnet.gov.uk
 7 Nov          North West         TAC Stockport        RRC Catterick, 01748 872905
                                                            Csmith@ctp.org.uk
28 Nov          Wessex –             Tidworth                   See Above
                See Above         Garrison Theatre

15.     In addition to the above briefings I have been told that there is to be are Insight
to Industries days to be run at 77 AEC Aldershot and the dates of these are 10 Oct and
21 Nov. The contact telephone number for Aldershot is 01252 349165 or extension
4169. I received a very helpful and informative E-mail form Maj Harris of the SLST,
HQ 4 Div and he tells me that the 10 Oct event will be a major activity that is going to
be combined with the CTP Job Fair and the will be 50+ companies attending. This
will be in the Waldrum Theatre for the seminar, followed by the Job Fair in the
Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre. The Insight to Industries at 77 AEC are normally
held every 2 months and cover briefings from the CTP, RBL, SSAFA, Personal
Networking and up to 5 major industries which vary each time.

16.     In the E-mail there were also details of a number of Job Finders Workshops
(JFWs) which are essentially for service leavers with less than 5 years service (6 years
in future) and are thus not eligible for the CTP. Attendance is not an entitlement, but
as a privilege has to be agreed by your unit. It is free and provided by the Service
Leavers Support Team of the various areas. The JFWs cover such things as the
Production of a CV, Interview Techniques, Letter Writing Skills, Application Forms
and How to Find a Job. Details that I have are:

      Dates                      Location                       Contact Details
10 – 12 Sep
1 – 3 Oct            Arnhem Barracks                   WO2 Bloomer
6 – 8 Nov            Aldershot                         Tel: 94222 4275
                                                       Fax 4607
17 – 19 Sep
5 – 7 Nov            Resettlement Advice Centre        WO2 Chadwick
10 – 12 Dec          Colchester                        Tel 94561 2567
                                                       Fax 2560
13 Aug
5 Sep                St George’s Barracks              WO1 Swanwick
8 Oct                North Luffenham                   Tel 95361 7798
12 Nov                                                 Fax 7697

1 & 2 Aug            Chelsea Barracks                  WO1 Barnes
7 & 8 Oct                                              Tel 94631 4256
                                                       Fax 4369

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

17.    By request I keep repeating the dates for the Data Comms Courses at
Plymouth College for the latter part of this year and the first half of next: 9 Sep to 18
Oct, 4 Nov to 13 Dec, 6 Jan to 14 Feb, 3 Mar to 11 Apr and 2 Jun to 11 Jul. As a


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further reminder the College continues to run a number of useful courses and contacts
are: Sarah Hicks or Chris Pratt on 01752 305859, or Sarah on 01752 305373, Fax
305339, E-mail shicks@pcfe.ac.uk.

18.    As I mentioned earlier I have received a letter from Nightfreight Training
Services who say:

“They are writing to inform me of a major development in resettlement training for
service personnel who are considering career opportunities in the transport and
distribution industry. Nightfreight Training Services, the Training Division of
Nightfreight GB Ltd, has joined forces with TNT UK Ltd, Eddie Stobart Ltd and
Drive Hire Ltd to produce a transport industry resettlement employment package.
The programme is geared to smooth the transition from service life into a rewarding
career in the transport and distribution industry, with guaranteed employment
opportunities linked to over 350 sites throughout the UK. (Purely as an editorial aside
I wonder if they teach how one lorry can overtake a similar lorry going uphill at one
mile an hour slower or whether this is an acquired skill!). To continue – all
candidates will undergo a structured development programme with their respective
employer, to ensure a successful transition to the commercial world.

Opportunities are available in Driving, Management, Administration, Warehouse &
Distribution, Tanker Drivers, Sales and Customer Service. A full list of national
vacancies will be made available at your Regional Resettlement Centre and local
RFEA office. Copies can go to units on request. Arrangements have also been made
for candidates who require no further training to undertake one or two weeks work
experience, local to their unit or home, prior to employment if required. For further
information please visit their website at www.nightfreight.co.uk or call 01282 420358
to Nightfreight where the office manager is Alison Clews”.

19.    Another repeat, but I think it is important information, I have been informed
that “Global” have ceased trading. I said before that you should receive a refund if
you have paid a deposit but I am now less clear how this will happen, since all
agreements, when push comes to shove, are between the individual and the company
involved. Do not give up though and consult with the CTP and your IERO as well as
the winding up agency about how to get financial recuperation.

JIMMY IN BUSINESS (JIB)

20.      You will recall that I recently received a phone call from Tim Jones who
informed me that JIB meetings are currently in abeyance. Tim continues to look at
relaunching the website in the near future and when this happens the meetings will
restart as well. If you would like any further information or think that you can help
please contact Tim Jones as Secretary, who can be contacted by E-mail at
timjones57@hotmail.com or Telephone to 07786 032302. Remember he is looking
for a Chairman as well at the moment.

THE LIST

21.     Another reminder that there is a website at www.thelistuk.com and you can
use this facility to change/update your entry. Please note that this is a change from


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the previous editions of this Newsletter where I got it wrong, so my apologies for any
frustrations caused. On the web you may also like to look at “The 2002 Tariff”, “Hot
Jobs”, “Forces in Business” or “Profiles”. Associated with the List is the Liquid
List, similar to JIB but it has been in business for longer and was started by GOALS.
Like JIB it is a means of networking. They have gatherings in London and Edinburgh
to which forces and ex-forces personnel are welcome.

RESETTLEMENT PUBLICATIONS

22.     As I have mentioned before the two principal publications that are available to
you in the resettlement field are Quest and Pathfinder. Each has its own website as
follows: www.questonline.co.uk and www.pathfinder-one.com. Many of you will be
familiar with them and you will appreciate that they take a slightly different approach
with the information that they publish. I have just been reading recent issues and they
continue to provide information that should form part of your strategy of resettling
and they are well worth a read to select that which is relevant to you. In the July
Quest there is a bit on pages 32 and 33 on “career opportunities in the
telecommunications industry” and on Pages 12 and 13 on “Technical Authorship”,
both of which may interest you. You should be able to readily find a copy of either
one in your unit resettlement offices and also at the Regional Resettlement Centres. If
you do have any problems in finding a copy you can contact me and I will give you a
direct address that you can approach.

23.     I have also received this month the Jul/Aug edition of the HQ 2 Div Scotland
SLST Newsletter. Lots of bits and pieces in it , obviously aimed at those of you who
are intending to settle in Scotland, including 6 pages of Employment Agencies and
Consultants in Scotland at the back. If you are amongst those settling North of the
Border it is worth seeking out a copy.

CONCLUSION

24.      Sadly the Stock Market has continued its downward trend and this looks as if
it will have a knock on effect in the job market. As I keep repeating it is not all doom
and gloom, you will for example have heard that the government has freed extra
money to help various areas of the public services. This should create some jobs
down the line. Specific skills are always in demand and many of these are in the
communications and IT area. Providing that you plan ahead, network widely and
use your common sense there is no reason why you should not soon be gainfully
employed.

25.     Although I make the following point each month I continue to hear of stories
about cases where resettlement training has not been what the individual expected. It
is therefore very important that you note that whilst I will never publish anything
about which I have doubts, I do pass on a lot of information that I am unable to
verify and I am reliant on contributors sending me both up to date and truthful
information. However, you must realise that neither the Corps nor I is
endorsing the contributions and it is up to you to treat all your dealings with a
degree of caution. This is especially relevant if you are being asked to pay either
your own or the MOD’s money on training, or other matters, when you must



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make sure that you know what you are getting for your money. You will not get
a second chance or your money back.

26.     My final plea as ever is please do let Linda or myself know if you are
moving home or leaving your unit so that we can change our address list. There
is also the option of receiving the Newsletter by E-mail if you wish, please let us
know if that is what you want to do. You should also know that you are welcome to
telephone me if you think that I can be of help, even if it is directing you to someone
who is better qualified than I to answer your questions. With that thought I continue
to wish you all the best of good fortune in your endeavours.




A F BROWNE
RO2
Corps Resettlement Officer


STOP PRESS

Tri – Service Resettlement Manual – Main Changes Effective 1 Sep 02

 Eligibility for resettlement is now calculated from Date of Enlistment for both
  officers and soldiers, including basic training and Sandhurst.
 From the 16-year service point and for all medical discharges resettlement
  becomes an “entitlement” for officers and soldiers (as opposed to an eligibility
  previously). The implication is that all must get a their entitlement and this may
  mean an extension of discharge date to fit it in.
 The rules on PVR have been discarded and resettlement eligibility is based purely
  on length of service. This will mainly affect officers but some soldiers are still
  eligible to apply for PVR.


 The 5-year re-qualifying rule for GRT on re-engagement, extensions, transfers to
  another service and Soldiers being commissioned is reduced to 2 years. However,
  note that this does not apply to re-enlistment when previous service does not
  count.
 The qualifying rules for Job Finding and GRT change from 3 and 5 years to 4 and
  6 years respectively for those enlisting after 1 Sep 02. This will not therefore
  affect you reading this.
 Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) must complete the same length of service as
  regular personnel to become eligible for resettlement.


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 The Old and Bold – officers over 50 years of age and soldiers with more than 30
  years service can use their resettlement entitlements before the 2-year point.

These are some of the changes. This is by no means a comprehensive review of the
changes and Unit Resettlement Staff – to be called Resettlement Information Staff
(RIS) by the Director of Resettlement in future – will have to become familiar with
changes to paper work that will be involved as well. For information second line staff
are to become know as Service Resettlement Advisors (SRA), in case you hear this
term. I understand that for the time being IEROs will retain this title despite the
above.




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